Well, That Hurts!

Posted: June 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Before heading out for my beach trip, I received a little something special in the mail.


Natasha from Physique 57 offered me a Physique 57 workout DVD to try out and review on the blog. I had heard others mention how much they adored the challenge of Physique 57 workouts and my intrigue quickly grew. I believe in trying new forms of fitness to continue to grow in strength and challenge our bodies in new ways. So, I happily accepted the offer and couldn’t wait to break out the workout.

Since I wouldn’t have access to a gym during my vacation, I figured completing the DVD as my strength training on the trip would work perfectly and give me the chance to fully try out the workout. Plus, I knew it would travel well as the workout calls for minimal equipment – a lightweight ball, 3-5 pound hand weights, a mat, and access to the back of a sturdy object such as a chair or couch.

the ball – seems so innocent, but a powerhouse tool in disguise 

During our afternoon down time I popped in the DVD ready to see just what this Physique 57 workout could deliver.


I have a confession. I didn’t expect much of this workout. I thought it would be a neat way to switch it up, but not something I would love. I have my Cathe addiction after all. I will admit when I make a wrong assumption and, boy, did I assume wrong.

Tanya gave great motivation and instruction throughout the DVD and really created a comprehensive workout for the body. She focuses on good form, provides alterations with modified moves or challenges, and keeps the workout progressing smoothly. She knows just when to give you that little extra oomph without sounding annoying. I also appreciate that she emphasizes the hard work and consistency it takes to reap the full benefits of the workout. I love a realistic instructor who helps you believe in yourself to work harder.

And you will work hard. The 57 minute workout goes through a few different sections. You start with the warm-up which goes through some planks, standard squats, push-ups and arm weights. Yes - that’s all just the warm-up!

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New rule: on vacation, wine bottles make the best form of weight resistance. Or they work in a pinch when you realize you left your 5 lb dumbbells at home. No matter what though, my arms were a-quivering by the end of the moves!

Once you finish the warm-up, you move to a lot (lot lot lot) of pulsing squats and leg lifts/hicks with and without the ball. Let’s just say chilling in a squat on your tippy toes while squeezing a ball with your inner thighs sounds fine and dandy. In reality, you will want to hurl that ball at the screen for the fire in your legs…but then remember how its helping your booty so instead grit your teeth and bear the (good) pain.


Eventually the DVD ends with some more upper body work. You complete more things like push-ups, triceps dips, and planks along with a series of core work that I can’t even begin to describe. I believe the best work for the core comes less with crunches and more with moves that focus on pulling in the core and tightening overall. Physique 57 provides just that and after 10 minutes of their abdominal moves I already felt like I had a tighter stomach. I honestly don’t think I have come across a more challenging abs focused workout on a DVD.


When all was said and done, I admitted that Physique 57 owned me. I fully intend to continue incorporating the workout as an additional challenge and variety. I’m pretty, okay very, picky about workout DVDs. I didn’t expect Physique 57 to impress me this much, but it certainly did. It’s a winner!

And speaking of winners – one of you will win a Classic Full Body Physique 57 Workout DVD of your own. Three ways to enter below -

  • Leave a comment telling me a new workout you have tried recently.
  • Tweet the following: I would love to try @Physique57 so I hope to win this giveaway from @TinaFFF - Leave a separate comment letting me know you tweeted.
  • Like FFF on Facebook and leave a separate comment saying so.

Giveaway open to US residents only. Ends Sunday night at 9 PM EST. Winner announced on Monday morning. Good luck!!!!

277 Comments to “Well, That Hurts!”
  1. I liked FFF on facebook!

  2. I have tried some Jillian Michaels DVDs recently…tough! Love the way I feel after though!

  3. Kyra says:

    I recently tried an Aqua Zumba class with my mom at her gym! Interesting to say the least.

  4. Amy says:

    Would love to incorporate this into my workout lineup!! I will tweet and FB this as well!

  5. alex says:

    Liked you on facebook!

  6. alex says:

    Finally getting into yoga… I don’t like new things.

  7. Kristen says:

    I liked you on FB! I haven’t tried any new workouts recently. I’m kind of stuck in my running and bootcamp rut. So I would love this DVD to switch things up 🙂

  8. I recently tried BodyRock. Oi. ow. Oi.

  9. I liked ya on Facebook!

  10. Amy says:

    my newest workout is from the nike training apps, they offer quick workouts for when I don’t have a lot of time, or longer workouts when i have time!

  11. I recently tried a 45 minute Nike training workout and ’twas awesome!! 😀 I always do that! I always underestimate workouts–but I like it that way so I don’t get discouraged if it’s really hard.

  12. Amy says:

    Tweeted too 🙂

  13. Amy says:

    and liked FFF on facebook

  14. I just tweeted it Tina! 😀

  15. Hanna says:

    I tweeted!

  16. Hanna says:

    I liked you on facebook too!

  17. I just tweeted about the @Physique57 to all my readers.

  18. I am not on FB, so I will like you here and through my tweet.

  19. I didn’t try this out for the first time recently, but I love any Les Mill’s workouts. I tried this a while back and just started doing it again. Love, love, love. I would be really excited to try this DVD set b/c I love to try new workouts and I simply just love to workout. I hope to win.

  20. Amanda says:

    I liked you on facebook! I have been thinking about trying the Physique57 workout because I have heard so many good things about it. Also, I really enjoy reading your blog and how real you are in every area of your life including your faith!

  21. Pamela Ray says:

    Like u on facebook

  22. Pamela Ray says:


    • Tina says:

      Hi there! Thanks for the participation but this giveaway closed a couple of weeks ago. So sorry! 🙁

  23. […] of dawn regardless, but like to ease into my mornings. Feeling a fire in my tush and abs via Physique 57 then jabbing my little heart out with 20 minutes of Turbo Jam I do not classify as easing into my […]

  24. […] I do not doubt that playing with my children, going on walks, fitting in some sporadic workouts (wine bottle weights, anyone??), and activities like bowling added […]

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