Live #84 Rebounding Body Works Class is another hour long rebounder workout from AngieFitnessTV. This workout is done EMOM style–Every Minute On the Minute. All that means is every exercise is done for one minute. This is one of her more intense rebounder workouts. Angie says this is an “informal workout”–the type of workout she would do when not filming workouts for other people. The biggest difference I saw between this workout and her other rebounder workouts was a lack of variety. And before I go any further, I’ll say up front that this was not my favorite AngieFitnessTV rebounder workout. I thought a long time about whether to include what I am going to write next but in the end, I reference these blog posts to recall what I thought of a workout and whether I want to return to it. I love Angie’s rebounder workouts and I am very grateful she creates them for free. I am so grateful that I started donating to her because I want her to continue creating wonderful rebounder workouts.
With that said, I was not crazy about this workout. There are several reasons, but a big one is because she is now calling the technique of pressing your feet down into the rebounder for more intensity (which she literally just started using in her YouTube workouts) the “Angie press down technique.” Before I sound weird and petty, I wouldn’t even mention this except that Angie calls attention to it repeatedly in the course of this workout, calling it the “Angie Press Down Technique,” over and over and over again. In fact, once she started ramping up the intensity of the workout, it was the main thing she talked about during the entire cardio portion of this workout–which makes up the bulk of the workout. Even at the very end of the workout during the 7:30 minutes when she is talking to the audience, she continues to lay claim to creating this method. This technique is not new and she did not create it. I learned it from other trainers when I first started rebounding in March/April of this year. In fact, until recently, Angie is one of the few trainers who did not use this technique. I have done 36 of Angie’s rebounder workouts. In all 36, she has used this method 3 times–her 3 most recent rebounder workouts. Almost every other trainer in the other rebounder workouts I have done employ this technique in their rebounder workouts. I say “almost every trainer” because at last count I have done more than 83 rebounding workouts since March (well over 100 when I include the Bellicon workouts I’ve done–that review will post eventually) and though I am pretty certain all of them except Angie use this method, I am not going to rewatch them all to be certain. Angie recently created a 4:28 minute “Benefits of rebounding” video and in it she says she taught rebounding for Urban Rebounding in the 1990s. Since I have done the entire URX (Urban Rebounding Extreme) program–I know for a fact that they are using the rebounding intensity method that Angie is laying claim to, so that is where she probably learned it. Another example: here is a how to video posted 4 years ago. In the first 1:30 minutes of the video the instructor (Christine Bullock) describes the proper rebounding technique that Angie lays claim to creating. The FitPrime G-Force workouts filmed in early 2000s use this method. Not new technique! As much as I love Angie’s workouts, she should not take credit for this rebounding technique.
***Since this review has already posted I am not going to change the content but Angie commented to this post that she is well aware she did not create the rebounding technique referenced above. So please scroll down to the comments to read her clarification.***
That is the one of the reasons I didn’t care for this workout–the many times I had to hear her reference her “Angie Press Down Technique.” Another reason was the egg weights. These things came out of nowhere. Kelly Coffey-Meyer is promoting them and now Angie is, too. She uses egg weights for this workout. She bought the “bundle” and uses all 3 weights in this workout: 1, 1.5 and 2 pounds. These things are expensive. $99 for the 3 sets of egg weights bundle. I am not going to lie. I spend a lot of money on fitness equipment. I own a Bellicon. I have weighted vests in 2 pound increments from 4-12 pounds. Medicine balls and kettlebells in similar increments. Three barbells. I could go on with all of the fitness equipment I have accumulated but this isn’t an inventory of my workout room. It’s just to show that I will not shy away from investing in a piece of equipment that will add something to my workouts. And even though Angie is promoting the egg weights and repeatedly says you should at least get the 1.5 pound egg weights if nothing else ($45), she never explains why they are better than weighted gloves or light hand weights. Even though I say that–just watch, in a month I will probably end up buying them. But I honestly want to know what makes them superior (for the home exerciser) to light hand weights and weighted gloves. How will they improve my workouts? If you have an answer to this question–please comment below. I am genuinely curious. I want to hear from actual users of egg weights–not a link to the egg weights website. I’ve already checked that out. If egg weights have upgraded your workouts, explain to me how.
And finally, as mentioned above, I found this workout kind of boring compared to her other rebounder workouts. I did get an excellent workout but you pretty much just jump on the rebounder (using the “Angie Press Down Technique”) while doing various arm movements with the egg weights. The last 5 or so minutes of the rebounding you actually do something different with your legs. The bodyweight work at the end was very solid and worked me well. For the majority of those exercises she did 4 sets of 8 reps. I think the push ups are the only thing she did less reps of. But since you do push ups at the beginning of the bodyweight strength and then again near the end, overall you are actually doing more than 4 sets of 8 reps. Oddly, I enjoyed the body weight strength portion the most because she did not talk about the “Angie Press Down Technique” or egg weights during it.
This is probably my first negative review of an AngieFitnessTV workout. And I have done a lot of her workouts. 36 of her rebounder workouts and 73 of her other types of workouts (strength, step, power walking, bosu, kickboxing, flexibility). So I’ve done over 100 of her workouts and loved the majority of them. There was bound to eventually be one I wasn’t crazy about.
Stats: Angie shares that she burned 464 calories and “walked” 5363 steps. I burned 424 calories, I was in my cardio heart rate zone 53% of the workout, in my peak heart rate zone a total of 9 minutes and I “walked” 4329 steps. Obviously I still got an excellent workout, in spite of my criticisms.
Live #84 Rebounding Body Works Class is 72 minutes but the workout is actually only 60 minutes; the first 4:30 minutes is Angie waiting for people to check in, 4 minute warm up and 4:30 minutes stretch. The last 7:30 minutes is Angie talking to her audience of home exercisers. So total workout time is 60 minutes. Equipment: rebounder, egg weights or light hand weights, pilates/playground ball, resistance loop/booty band and fitness mat. Angie has a step set up beside her rebounder with all of her equipment set up on it for easy access. The warm up starts with the pilates ball between your thighs, holding the one pound egg or hand weights. I used 1 and 2 pound hand weights for this workout. So when Angie was using 1 pound egg weights I used 1 pound hand weights. When she is using 1.5 and 2 pound egg weights I used 2 pound hand weights.
- (pliates ball is still between thighs and you are still holding one point egg/handweights) Hop side to side with bicep curls
- Jump forward and back with bicep curls
- Press down hops with chest fly arms
- Hop side to side with overhead press
- Press down hops with “runner” arms (alternating row/punch downs)
- Jumps with jack arms
- (set pilates ball aside and put fitness loop around thighs above knees, get 1.5 egg weights or 2 pound hand weights) Press down jumps with legs wide; add circling the arms from the elbow (arms are extended out to sides at shoulder level, circle arms at the elbows while keeping arm from shoulder to elbow at shoulder level)
- Still press down jump with legs wide while doing runner arms
- Hop side to side while keeping legs wide enough that there is tension on the loop, straight arm raise to the front then to the side
- Hop on rebounder while “shaving your butt cheeks” (a row with hands behind your back)
- Legs are wide, shift hop side to side, hold arms at sides at shoulder level, alternate bending elbows and bringing weight to shoulders
- Fast press down hops while doing a fly variation, bringing arms down in front of you then opening them to sides (Angie describes it rotating thumbs down to floor when lowering arms in front of you then when doing the fly variation the thumbs are raised to ceiling)
- Repeat #11
- Wide press down hops with scarecrow arms
- Continue with wide press down hops but now with slow jumping jacks arms bringing DBs together in front of you and again overhead
- (remove loop and place pilates ball between thighs again, get 2 pound egg/hand weights) Press down hops with running man arms
- Continue hopping with tricep kickbacks
- Continue hopping and alternate pushing arms overhead on a diagonal
- Continue hopping and raise arms from in front of thighs to overhead in a Y
- Hop side to side, alternate raising arm overhead then bringing elbow down to hip
- Continue hopping and alternate bringing back of hand to forehead
- Continue hopping and open arms out in chest fly but on a diagonal (one arm high and one arm low)
- Continue hopping with alternating bicep curls
- (set ball aside and swap 2 pound weights for 1 pound weights) Scissor run while pushing arms/DBs overhead
- Butt kick run
- High knee run while pushing arms overhead
- Jumping jacks
- Hop twists, hopping 3x in each direction, arms are held at shoulder level with one arm extended out straight to side and other arm bent so hand/DB is at shoulder, alternate arms every time twist hop
- Keeping legs wide, shift hop lower body side to side, alternate bringing arms from forehead to hip
- Heel dig hops, alternate raising and lower arms straight in front of you
- Alternating insole hops while pushing arms forward and back
- Pendulum hop the legs with large arm circles
- Butt kick runs
- (set weights aside) Health bounce to cool down
- (place mat on floor beside rebounder) Knee push ups, knees on floor and hands on rebounder frame
- Lay on back on floor/mat, knees bent and heels on rebounder canvas, pilates ball between knees, raise and lower hips in bridge; move feet so they are on rebounder frame, continue raising and lowering hips in bridge
- Tricep dips with hands on rebounder frame and feet on floor (pilates ball is still between your knees)
- Lay back on elbows on rebounder, knees bent and ball still between knees, in this position, raise and lower legs, toes tap rebounder frame at bottom and reach to ceiling at top
- Lean onto one hip and elbow and continue doing #38 (in this position you are bringing heels to bottom then extending them to wall
- Push ups on rebounder, knees on rebounder canvas and hands wide on frame
- Get into pike with hands on floor and feet on rebounder, alternate raising leg to ceiling (Angie shows an easier modification for this move)
- Boat pose on the rebounder with pilates ball between knees, arms extended straight to sides, holding one pound weights with palms facing down, while holding boat, alternate raising arm overhead