Revved to the Max is another Jari Love torture session–high rep, endurance level metabolic weight training. This workout seriously burns my muscles out. It has some very cool and unique exercises in it that will train your muscles in new ways. I have always really liked this workout, but there is something of a dread factor, too. I have seen it listed in other places as an intermediate workout. And I suppose that could be accurate. It feels pretty exhausting to me, but there are factors to consider. I am using heavier weights than Jari and crew, but still–there are so many reps! My muscles are just burning and often failing! So maybe high intermediate/low advanced–depending on the dumbbells you use.
This is a total body strength workout. It is endurance level and composed of compound moves. There is no “1000” in the title–so no cardio bursts. However, it moves at such a brisk pace that you are getting into the aerobic zone at least–and if you are really challenging yourself with heavier dumbbells then you are even getting to anaerobic levels in some sections. The setting is rather dark but you can still see everything you need to. Jari is her usual low key self–which I like. She did seem to be burning out during some of the exercises tho! Which is a little unusual for her–Jari is usually a machine. The crew is 3 women and a man. One of the women, Laurie, is in all of Jari’s workouts and she looks awesome in this one–as does Jari. They are both doing the very straight long hair look and looking very lean and ripped. A good look for both of them. Jari is always very lean and ripped btw. Laurie has never looked bad or been remotely overweight, but she gets leaner and more chiseled in every DVD. Clearly Jari’s workouts are doing their job. The male is a new guy named Adam. He led two of the exercises and I really liked him–in fact, one if the exercises he led was one of the cool and unique exercises that worked my upper body hard!
The workout uses the timer in the bottom right hand of the screen. When there is only 30 seconds left of an exercise segment it appears to count you down. And trust me, with as many as reps as Jari throws at you, it is a relief when it finally appears. You know the end is near. At the beginning of each exercise there is a banner along the bottom that tells you what moves you will be doing, then as the exercise starts you see how much weight everyone is using for the exercise. You can chose to do this workout two ways–either as two short workouts (each 39 minutes) or as one long 70 minute workout. I always do the 70 minute option. The warm up is 5 minutes, training period 62 minutes and the stretch at the end is 3 minutes. If you do the shorter workouts, the same warm up and stretch is used for both of them and the training periods, though different, are both 31 minutes. For this workout you use a step at 8 inches and it is in the vertical position for the entirety of the workout. The majority of the exercises use the step, but some do not. There are two modifiers that do not use a step, so it is not necessary to have a step to do the workout.
The warm up is done on the step and is pretty basic.
1. Straight leg deadlift with back rows. The deadlift is done on the step and when you do the rows you step off the step into a partial squat with one leg.
2. Clean and press with bicep curls. The clean and press is done on the step. When doing the bicep curls you squat off the side of the step, alternating legs.
3. Squat and square pulses. The squats are “quickie” pulsing squats done on the step. The square pulses are done with one foot on the step, the other foot hops in a square pattern to the count of 4 while you stay in a partial squat.
4. Front lunge with shoulder press and back lunge with side lateral raises. The step is not used.
5. Push up party. Jari’s push up party consists of alternating sets of push ups and tricep dips off the step (the push ups are done on the floor). You do 4 sets of push ups and 3 sets of tricep dips. Each set is done for approx 20 seconds and you do as many as you can do in the time period.
6. Ab work. Using a dumbbell you do slow sit ups, raising the dumbbell overhead at the top of the move. Reverse crunch alternated with opening and closing thighs. With legs straight up in the air you do a crunch and cross (oblique work).
If you are doing the two shorter workouts, this is where the first one ends. #7-12 is the training portion of the second workout. However, if you are doing the 70 minute workout, it just flows straight into #7.
7. Squats with shoulder work. Squat off the side of the step with one leg then at the top of the move (when both feet are on step) raise dumbbells in front of you then to the side. Alternate sets of these with “singles”: squat to one side while swinging dumbbells in front of you kettlebell style.
8. Side squats with shoulder press and (pulsing) overhead tricep extensions. The step is not used.
9. Wide squat and gorilla walk with reverse fly. This is one of the unique exercises that I really felt (still feel!). This one is led by Adam. The wide squats are pulsing squats–as you pulse you rotate your feet front and side, making it an alternating plie and standard squat. Now, as you are doing this, you are also working the upper body. With your elbows kept close to your sides and holding your dumbbells with palms up, you bring the dumbbells together then out the the side of your body as you pulse squat–always keeping the elbows at your sides. This move is alternated with the gorilla walk and reverse fly. The gorilla walk is walking in a low squat straddling your step for the length of the step while holding dumbbells dangling between your legs. At the end of the step you do two reverse flies. Then you gorilla walk backwards and do two more reverse flies. You alternate these with the wide squat.
10. Pulsing plie squats and lunges. These are also led by Adam. No step is used and there are A LOT of reps. A LOT. Your lower body will be burning.
11. Split squat with bicep curls. These are basically lunges with one foot on the step (the back foot). You do different tempo variations of the lunges with bicep curls. Another one that burns out the lower body. The upper body, too, if you use challenging dumbbells.
12 Ab work. Climb one leg ladder fashion. Reverse crunch then alternate tapping one leg down. Stand up then lay back down.