ACE HIIT Series with Chris Fretag (Disc 1) Workout DVD Review

ACE HIIT Series

Chris Freytag recently released a series of HIIT workouts.  HIIT workouts seem to be all the rage at the moment because if you workout at a higher intensity and give it your all you can get a good workout in in a shorter amount of time than if you were doing steady state cardio for a longer length workout.

I have reviewed Chris Freytag workouts before on my blog back in 2011 when she released the Slimdown Xtreme series.  I was a fan of those and I am a fan of these HIIT workouts.  On Disc 1 there are 4 separate workouts all containing their own warmup and cooldown.  Each 30 minute workout focuses in on a particular part of the body:  Upper, Lower, Core and Total Body.  Chris’ intervals are Tabata-style intervals of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest.  There are 4 moves mostly rotating from a strength movement to a dynamic/plyometric movement (Chris gives low impact options and strength modifiers as well).  You complete this series twice for one total Tabata and rest for 45 seconds then repeat those same four moves again twice for a second total Tabata.  After repeating those 4 moves you get a set of 4 new movements and complete them in the same fashion (repeat moves twice for one total Tabata and rest for 45 seconds then repeat those same four moves again twice for a second total Tabata).  Now to really finish yourself off Chris gives you 4 more new moves that you repeat twice for one total Tabata and then you are ready for the cooldown (you do not rest and do this Tabata again).  In all 4 workouts there are a total of 5 Tabatas.   You will need varying sizes of dumbbells for the movements and Chris encourages you to go as heavy as you can to really challenge yourself and get your heart rate up. You may also need a mat and a bottle of water.

HIIT workouts are not supposed to be easy.  You are supposed to be going all out in the working time periods and relishing the short rests when they come.  As Chris explains Tabatas build on intensity and you will feel more fatigued as the workout goes on.

I think this workout is about a high intermediate level with enough to keep advanced level people happy.  It’s not quite as high intensity as a Cathe HIIT workout or the Inferno Intervals but I feel that it’s because some of the strength moves sort of slow you down.  Some of you may like this aspect. If you are a beginner and have never tried a HIIT workout, while these workouts are not easy I think Chris gives enough modifications to get you through the workout. This may be a great introduction to HIIT.  I really think that Chris’ gentle and encouraging nature isn’t going to make you feel bullied into doing something you cannot do.  As Chris always says:  YES YOU CAN!   Before you know it the workout is over and you have enjoyed yourself.

The second disc of this workout contains 2 10 minute toning portions and a 20 minute yoga segment.  I did not do the second disc yet and my review is of the HIIT workouts on Disc 1 only.   For the money, I think Disc 1 is worth it so having a second disc thrown in only an added bonus!!!

Overall I would give this an A-.  Only adding the minus sign for the drop in intensity that I crave.

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5 Responses to “ACE HIIT Series with Chris Fretag (Disc 1) Workout DVD Review”

  1. I love Chris Fretag’s workouts!!!! Looks like a great DVD to add to my collection!

    • I definitely think you would love this Toni. You cannot beat four 30 minute HiiT workouts for the price….and the fact that you get a second disc with the toning/yoga segments.

  2. Sounds like another great workout. I may be buying this one. I am getting bored with my DVD collection.

  3. Love it, going to share this one with the family. Keep up the good work, much love.
    Bicep Exercises

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