Get Extremely Ripped 1000 Hardcore is 74 minutes; 5 minute warm up, 64 minute training period and 5 minute cool down/stretch. You can also split the workout in half so that you have two 42 minute workouts. In addition, you can do cardio only (48 minutes), or weights only (43 minutes). I have only done the full workout, so I can’t verify that times are accurate on the other mixes. I do know that all mixes use the same warm up and cool down.
Jari Love’s workouts are some of my all time favorite workouts and Hardcore 1000 is the best of the best. This is an advanced workout—very tough. When I do this work out, I do the full 74 minutes and I am drenched in sweat and exhausted by the end of it. It is also one of her most enjoyable workouts. Hardcore 1000 is a cardio + strength/metabolic weight training workout. Just like all of her workouts she has modifications to nearly every move for people less advanced, as well as moves for people more advanced. Jari usually remains somewhere in the middle. When I do her workouts I generally do the advanced moves. Equipment needed is hand weights and an optional step. Two modifiers don’t use a step but everyone else does, including Jari. If you want your workout to be advanced, you need the step.
Structure of the workout: 4 strength circuits alternated with 3 cardio/HIIT circuits (so strength/cardio/strength/cardio/strength/cardio/strength) followed by an abdominal circuit. Then the whole thing starts over again: 4 strength circuits alternated with 3 cardio/HIIT circuits, ending with abs.
1st strength circuit: 3 sets deadlifts with rows (no step is used). To make it harder you can lift one leg and make it a balance move.
1st cardio circuit: 6 sets of straddle runs off the step (in vertical position); one set has 3 progressive levels—so with each set you cycle through low intensity, moderate intensity, high intensity.
2nd strength circuit: 3 sets of deadlifts with rows. This time you balance on the other leg to make it harder.
2nd cardio circuit: 6 set of straddle runs off the step(in vertical position); it’s the same as the 1st cardio circuit, you just step off on the opposite leg.
3rd strength circuit: 3 sets of tricep kickbacks with curtsy lunges off the step (in vertical position). One set starts at a slower pace, then picks up the pace and becomes lower body only. These were HARD. My butt/hip was screaming!
3rd cardio circuit: 4 sets of lunge/squat/jumping jack (no step is used). This has sets within sets, if that makes sense: low intensity (or recovery) is two lunges each leg, 2 squats each side and 4 slow jumping jacks; high intensity is 4 jump lunges, 2 jump squats and 8 regular jumping jacks. One cardio set includes 2 recovery sets and 4 high intensity sets.
4rd strength circuit: 3 sets of tricep kickbacks with curtsy lunges off the step (in vertical position)–other leg. One set starts at a slower pace, then picks up the pace and becomes lower body only.
Ab circuit: 3 sets of straight leg V sits, reverse curl and lower ab pulses with legs straight in the air.
**If you chose to do one of the shorter programs (the DVD lists them as 30 minutes but they are actually 42 minutes) this is where it goes to the cool down/stretch. If you are doing the full workout there is no cool down—it just goes straight to the 4th strength circuit.
5th strength circuit: 3 sets of side squat and lunge with alternating bicep curls on/off step (each time you lunge/squat you step off the step with one foot). The step is in the horizontal position.
4th cardio circuit: 5 sets of jumping jacks that alternate on and off the step (horizontal position). Another set w/in a set: lower intensity/recovery move where you step on step, do a jumping jack, march in place, step off step, jumping jack on ground and march in place; then high intensity moves where you jump on the step, do a jumping jack, jump off and do two jumping jacks then jump back on and do it again. One cardio set contains both recovery and high intensity moves.
6th strength circuit: 4 sets on step (horizontal position), left arm only: squat off step with side delt raise, squat off step with posterior delt raise, leg extension with front shoulder raise and knee raise with overhead press. Shoulders are burning by the end.
5th cardio circuit: 6 sets of side lunges off the step with the step (in a vertical position). Each set has 3 levels that vary the alternating arm movements—to the front, overhead, touch the step.
7th strength circuit: 4 sets on step (horizontal position), right arm only: squat off step with side delt raise, squat off step with posterior delt raise, leg extension with front shoulder raise and knee raise with overhead press.
6th cardio circuit: 4 sets of burpees off the step (horizontal position). Set w/in sets: recovery move you step on the step then off and, with your hands on the step, step back into plank, then step back to standing. For the high intensity moves you jump on step, jump off and do a regular (jump) burpee but with your hands on the step. One cardio set contains both recovery and high intensity moves.
8th strength circuit: moving push ups with one arm on the step (step in vertical position), push ups with arm raise (one arm still on the step) and tricep push ups with hands on the step.
Ab circuit: side plank with rotation, bridge with leg extension and side plank with rotation—other side.
This workout is insane! Jari always gives you an excellent and intense workout, but this is one of her hardest workouts, I think. But it’s fun, too! Despite the fact you alternate between cardio and strength, your heart rate never drops very far because of her 4-limb strength moves. There is no complicated choreography or overly complex strength moves. But it is put together very well. If you do the full workout, you will get the hardest cardio out of the way in the first half (or if you do the shorter workouts, workout #1 has harder cardio). It’s all pretty intense, but the first 3 cardio circuits, in my opinion, are the hardest/most intense. All of the strength moves are equally difficult! She hits all major muscle groups. And Jari is an excellent instructor, her cuing is excellent and her form, as always, is excellent. If any workout DVD actually helps you burn 1000 calories (what the 1000 in her titles mean), this is the one! When I am not in the middle of one of the fitness systems I am addicted to buying/collecting, I always schedule this workout and several of Jari’s others into my regular workout plan. She delivers exactly what she advertises and does it better than the competition.