Max 30 – Toby Massenburg
Toby Massenburg is an up and coming fitness trainer on the workout DVD circuit. I am familiar with Toby from Paul Katami’s workouts and when I saw a preview of this Max 30 DVD I felt I had to get it. It looked intense and hardcore and it is! It is definitely an advanced workout and offers no modification for even the intermediate exerciser. Toby’s cheerleader-like spirit is motivating and friendly. He has a great rapport with his background exercisers and you may even recognize Marlene from the Paul Katami kettlebell workouts too.
You can check him out at his website: www.totalmaxfitness.com. He can also be found on facebook.
Max 30 has 3 separate workouts. Two of them are 30 minutes and one is roughly 10 minutes. The idea is that you can get fit in 30 minutes and max out your fitness. You could do both 30 minute segments for a killer workout and if you are feeling even more motivated you could do all three segments to “max” it out.
1. Max Sculpt – this is a 30 minute workout that uses hand weights. I found it best to use a variety of weights and conform it to your own needs. This has 6 different circuits but within each circuit are 3 segments. The first segment does a particular movement for 30 seconds and then a more dynamic version of that movement for 30 seconds. You get a 30 second rest until you go through another movement for 30 seconds and the dynamic movement for 30 seconds followed by a 30 second rest. The third segment is a combination of the first movement of each segment followed by the dynamic movements of each segment ending the segment with the 30 second rest.
I found that with the addition of the dynamic movements my heart rate got up pretty high. I checked it once and it was above 161 bpm. Toby follows this up with a very thorough stretch segment.
2. Max Cardio – this is a 30 minute workout. Toby utilizes a step for some of the movements. This really gets the heart rate up. Following the same type of format as the Sculpting segment, this has 6 different circuits but within each circuit are 3 segments. The first segment does a particular movement for 30 seconds and then a more dynamic movement for 30 seconds. You get a 30 second rest until you go through another movement for 30 seconds and the dynamic movement for 30 seconds followed by a 30 second rest. The third segment is a combination of the first movement of each segment followed by the dynamic movements of each segment. Some movements are done on the floor without the step as well. I had to modify some of the movements like I didn’t do the 180 turn on the step for fear of hurting my ankle if my step slipped out of the way (my step isn’t as sturdy as Toby’s) plus on the in-out jacks I didn’t do the donkey kick I just did consecutive floor jacks.
I like that this workout is pure cardio and not a circuit style with weights. It really got my heart rate up and was an enjoyable workout. I liked this workout segment the best out of all three. I really felt accomplished after finishing this workout.
3. Max Core – this is a 10 minute workout for your midsection. It starts off with basic crunches and Toby uses a progression of the basic movement on one side of the body. After that series you go into a variation of the boat pose. This gets deep into the abs. You then do the crunch progression on the other side and follow it up with the boat poses. Next up is a plank/pike series and finally a standing balance segment.
In this workout I felt that the boat poses were the most challenging felt the deepest in my abs.