This workout is INSANE! My daughter and I actually have a debate about which is harder–Breathless Body 1 or Breathless Body 2. She says 1, I say 2! We will get back to our debate in a moment.
The Edge is an advanced workout, just like Breathless Body, but it isn’t in the same tabata format. It’s still a very intense HIIT workout. The Edge has 4 “rounds.” Each round has 3 drills and each drill is done 3 times. The drills are each done for 30 seconds with 15 seconds of recovery between them. You get approximately 2 minutes of recovery before the next round. During that recovery, Amy shows you all of the drills for the next round. And if that isn’t enough, the workout ends with a “Finisher” that truly finished me off! The Finisher consists of all twelve moves, done one after the other, with no recovery between the moves. The Edge is brutal. In her intro, Amy calls it HIIT and “threshold training.”
There are 3 exercisers in addition to Amy. One shows low intensity/low impact moves, one shows “moderate” intensity/high impact moves and one shows high intensity/insane impact moves. Amy does the moderate moves along with the “moderate” exerciser. These level distinctions need more clarification. The low intensity moves are something of a joke to me. In Breathless Body, a few of the lowest intensity moves were still intense (not all of them, but a few of them). In The Edge–none of the low intensity moves will get you a true HIIT workout. Maybe an aerobic workout if you are out of shape. I appreciate the reason behind them, I really do. If you have bad knees or are recovering from an injury then you should be doing low impact workouts; but why would you waste your money on a HIIT workout? Get some Leslie Sansone or something like that and you will get a better low impact workout. I used quotation marks for “moderate” intensity because there is such an enormous intensity/impact jump between the low intensity and moderate intensity. The “moderate” intensity moves are high intensity moves. That is, until you see the highest intensity moves. Most of those are insane and some were undoable for me. I’m sure there are people out there who can do all of those moves (the exerciser is obviously one of them! Though I did see him stop doing one of the moves at one point during the workout–tuck jumps I think). I followed both the “moderate” and the insane intensity. Insane intensity when I could, that is! Like I said, there were times when I was not capable!
Let me break down how the rounds work a little more and then return to my daughter and my debate. There are three drills in each round. The drills are alternated–Drill 1 is done for 30 seconds, 15 seconds of recovery, Drill 2 is done for for 30 seconds, 15 seconds of recovery, Drill 3 is done for 30 seconds, 15 seconds of recovery, back to Drill 1 and so on until each drill has been done 3 times. This does keep the Rounds more interesting than the tabata circuits in Breathless Body. That is why my daughter feels Breathless Body is harder than The Edge. She said The Edge, even though it is basically the same length, seems by go by so much more quickly than Breathless Body. I do agree with that; nevertheless, The Edge felt harder to me!
Round #1 drills: cross country, Russian dance, plank tuck ins
Round #2 drills: squat jacks, forward and back, double leg parallel sides (similar to moguls)
Round #3 drills: X jumps (jump lunges side to side), broad jumps, plank quarter turns
Round #4 drills: up and over, tuck jumps and plank jacks
By the time I finished Round #4 I was pretty wiped out. During the longer recovery after Round #4, I was psyching myself up for the Finisher (which is approx. 6 minutes long). I told myself–Hey, you’ve done Insanity. 6 minutes of non-stop plyo/HIIT moves cannot be worse than a 9-10 minute Insanity warm up. You did that without stopping, you can do this! The difference of course is that the Insanity warm ups are at the beginning of the workout, not at the end after your ass has been kicked! It is brutal–but I did it and without stopping.
Overall, I love this workout. It is advanced and brutal–but it does the job, trust me. Today was the first time I did The Edge and I plan to do it (and of course the original Breathless Body) regularly. I will say that I am pretty sore in an unexpected place after finishing the workout–my calves.