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Nov
09

Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes & Abs with Michele Olson, PhD Review

Workout Details

Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs is designed by “The Exercise Doctor”, Exercise Physiologist Dr. Michele Olson.  This workout is divided into two 25-minute lower body toning workouts:  Mega Moves, which targets the large muscle groups of the lower body, and Master Moves, which focuses on deep muscle conditioning by zeroing in on the smaller stabilizing muscles of the lower body.  For the workout you will need a heavy and light set of dumbbells and a chair for balance. 

From the Main Menu you have the option to select from the following chapters:  Play All, Warm-Up, Mega Moves Legs & Glutes, Mega Moves Abs, Master Moves Legs & Glutes and Master Moves Abs.  Also available from the main menu is an introduction where Dr. Michele Olson gives an explanation of the workouts and how they are designed.  You do not have the ability within the workout to skip through various exercises as the workout is not chaptered by exercise but by workout.

Workout Review

Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs consists of two separate workouts each with a distinct focus.  Mega Moves utilizes the best squats, lunges and abdominal combinations to exhaust the major muscle groups of the lower body.  Dr Olson uses unilateral set building, supersets and changes in tempo to fatigue the muscles and keep them guessing.  In this section you will find a variety of static lunges, first done slowly, while adding rotation and cross-body chops to challenge your balance, before picking up the tempo.  Mega Moves also contains powerful moves such as swings and plyometric jumps to further challenge the legs and elevate the heart rate.  Dr Olson also throws in an unevenly weighted squat with rotation to overhead press move to challenge your balance due to the uneven weight load in each hand. 

Master Moves utilizes unique sets of deep muscle exercises with a greater focus on balance and firing up the stabilizing muscles in the lower body.  In Master Moves you will find a variety of plie squats, wide and narrow stance, that get deep into the muscles.  Using the chair for balance, Dr Olson thoroughly exhausts one side of the body, using leg lifts and heel raises, before switching to the other side.  She repeats the process with T-stance one-legged squats, flexing and extending the knee of the supporting leg, and curtsy lunges.  Then she moves on to one-legged sit and stand chair squats and one-legged good mornings (deadlifts). 

While this workout can be adapted to accommodate all fitness levels by modifying the exercises, tweaking the number of repetitions, adjusting the weight selection or combining or separating the two workouts, done as is, in its entirety, I would rate this workout high intermediate to low advanced.  This is my first workout experience with Dr. Michele Olson and she does not disappoint.  I really like her personality and encouraging nature throughout the workout.  She is extremely knowledgeable, offers sound instruction and expert cuing in the workout.  She pays special attention to form and constantly reminds you to focus on your own.  My one question for Dr Olson would be, “What is her prescription for relieving the next day muscle soreness?”  I suspect her response would be, “Take two of these and call me in the morning.”

Disclaimer:  Anchor Bay Fitness provided me with a copy of Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes & Abs with Michele Olson, PhD to review. I received no other compensation and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under obligation to provide a positive review in return for the free workout. Retail value is $12.95.

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