This post is a review of the Melt it Off program by Olympic gold medalist Mitch Gaylord. I received a free copy of the exercise program for this review.
What is included in the exercise program?
The package I received included a 2 pound G-ball (exercise ball about 8 inches in diameter), 1 CD case with 2 dvds (CD 1 includes the workouts and CD 2 is a motivational CD), a measuring tape, and some booklets about the exercise program.
Burn and Sculpt is approximately 45 minutes long. The only equipment you need is the G-ball. The exercises focus mainly on body weight exercises such as squats, lunges, pushups while holding the G-ball.
High Calorie Melt is approximately 60 minutes long with alternating intervals of higher and lower intensity. Sizzling Abs is 23 minutes long.
There are two 7-day meal plans included with the exercise program – one for women and one for men. It appears that the plan is exactly the same, except for the higher protein listed in the men’s meal plan. The difference is approximately 1 or 2 oz of extra protein each day for the men. Not being a nutritionist, but this in inline with some of the other nutritional stuff I read.
The exercise program schedule
Please note that I did not follow the schedule for the 1 month period for this review. I only used the exercise dvds for one week.
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What I like about the Melt if Off program
Melt it Off gets your heart rate up for both the strength and cardio portions. It is more of an aerobic weight training style of exercise program where you use light weights to do many reps in a set. It mostly uses a 1-2 count for each rep which helps keep your heart rate up.
Aerobic weight training will generally work well for people trying to lose weight because you are burning a lot more calories during the strength training when you are using lighter weights for 16-20 reps for 2-3 sets compare to using heavier weight for 8-10 reps for 1-2 sets.
The exercises are very interesting, different from your typical exercise dvd program. You are still doing lunges, but you are passing the G-ball between your legs (think basketball drills). It is a little challenging for me because I am still trying to master the hand-eye spatial coordination thing (I have a tendency to trip over my own feet and bump into walls and furniture. It is embarrassing. But I am a natural klutz).
What I dislike about the exercise program
There are not enough modifications for the true beginner in this exercise program. It does not show low impact options for jumping jacks or doing pushups on the floor while the instructor is doing pushups on the G-ball. The instructor talked about modifications, but without an actual exerciser doing the modifications, it would be hard for a beginner to understand what to do.
Another thing that I dislike is that some of the exercise require more than the basic hand, feet, and eye coordination. In one exercise, you are supposed to jump over the G-ball with the inner leg tapping the ball when you land. The instructor did warn the audience to pay attention to the ball when jumping. Well, the ball started rolling and I landed flat on my butt. After the second attempt and a throbbing ankle, I just jump over an “invincible ball.” And of course, the exercise dvd does not show any modifications for this.
Who should buy the Melt it Off exercise program
Melt it Off is not a beginner exercise program. It is more of a beginner/intermediate exercise program. If you have exercised in the past, this might be a fun program to get back into the swing of things again. It has some really interesting sport drills that my husband likes, but does not appeal to me (it’s the klutz thing). So this is a mix review – yes I like it, but it is not my cup of tea.
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