DVD Review: Jackie Warnerís 'Xtreme Timesaver Training'


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As a busy mom, my free time is limited and very valuable. So if Iím going to spend it exercising, I want the workout to be something that really challenges me. I love running, so thatís my primary form of cardio. But at the beginning of this year, I made a real commitment to focus on strength training. Even though Iím a personal trainer and know what kind of exercises to do, I prefer to strength train using videos that tell me what to do and when to do it so that I donít have to think about it too much.

One of my biggest pet peeves about videos is when the packaging says itís a 40-minute workout, but it really ends up being closer to 50 minutes, not including a warm up or cool down. Thatís usually longer than I prefer to spend on a video, which is why I was excited to try Jackie Warnerís new "Xtreme Timesaver Training" DVD. Itís a 30-minute strength and cardio workout in one. But could it really live up to its claims?

Coach Nicole reviewed Jackieís first DVD, saying it was one of the best that sheíd tried in a long time. This is the third one sheís done, and Iíd have to say the same thing. I thought it was a great strength and cardio workout, and it really is just 30-minutes!

Youíll need a pair of dumbbells and a mat (if you arenít exercising on a cushioned surface) for the workout. Iíd recommend being conservative with the amount of weight you choose, since she does tend to do high reps and each exercise lasts for one minute. All of the exercises are compound movements, meaning that something is always going on with your arms and your legs at the same time. This keeps your heart rate up and gives you a full body workout more quickly. Jackie demonstrates all of the exercises at first, but then two other people show beginner and advanced versions of the exercises while she explains how to use proper form. I thought her explanations were very thorough, especially since a few of the exercises get a little complicated. Itís also nice that you can start with the beginner version, and then move to the more advanced moves as time goes on.

It was nice to see new variations of exercises that I hadnít seen before. Instead of the same old lateral raises, she does kneeling, leaning lateral raises to work your obliques at the same time. If youíre used to a lot of high intensity cardio, this might not be enough of a cardio workout for you. But itís nice for days that youíre pressed for time or just looking to mix things up.

Overall, I would not consider this workout to be appropriate for those who are new to exercise. But as you become more accustomed to regular strength training and are looking for a challenge, this might be a nice addition to your workout routine. The video sells for $9.99 on Amazon.

Is this a video youíd consider trying? Why or why not?

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  • 54
    I have this video. It is a great workout. I was sweating so much my eyelashes were sweating! Some of the banterh I could do without but, that's just me.
    It is a total body workout & keeps your heart rate up. Now, if only I could keep myself motivated I'm sure I would see results with this!! Maybe writing this will be my motivation :) - 7/18/2014   9:37:47 AM
  • 53
    I am looking for some variety and want to make strength training a priority this year. I think that I will pick this one up and give it a try. - 1/14/2014   8:38:15 AM
  • 52
    I will purchase this one once I start the other dvd's that I have. :o) - 10/28/2013   9:01:30 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    I would like to try the DVD out Myself. So will get it soon. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. - 5/5/2013   4:34:41 AM
  • 50
    I also have this dvd and like it a lot myself! : ))
    Bren - 1/16/2012   1:31:23 PM
    I love this DVD! I try to do it 3 times a week. It is very challenging and I never get bored. I had to drop some of the weight to 3 lb. hand weights when I started doing the DVD. I now use 5 lb. and 10 lb. weights for a better workout. If you have just 30 minutes a day, this is the exercise video for you. I highly recommend it. - 12/24/2011   10:24:06 AM
  • 48
    I love Jackie Warner, and watched her show on Bravo. I'm a sucker for that channel ;-) I can't believe how fit she is, it's amazing. Her stomach, I can't even imagine myself ever looking like that. The most I ever had was flat and toned obliques. However I'm confused now. I use Chalean extreme and she does less reps with more weight (dumbbells) saying it burns more fat, and no it does not bulk you up like so many women think, infact it makes you stronger, much. You're hungrier too, and that is hard when your trying to stick to your nutrition goals and having to keep adding more "good" nutrients just gets really hard, for me at least. So which is it, more reps or less?
    I'm def gonna look into this DVD...like NEWNESS2010 said I can't resist the price either but I'm gonna check out my Exercise Fit on demand first, thanks WANDERINGGIRL! BTW I love the dog in your picture! This was a great blog to come upon. Thanks!

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    Thanks again! - 9/30/2011   6:58:52 PM
    I didn't really use it. But I will surely try this. I really think this might be of some help to me. I hope more innovative exercises are introduced so that we can also have fun while working out! :) Again I'd recommend you to log on to Mobile Media City through google and check out their amazing apps for weight problems, diet plans, workouts, yoga, food recipes, baby names, baby care, and apart from these they have some on education too. Must visit. I won't ever stop myself from recommending good stuff, which has personally helped me. It's such a pity that the website is underrated. - 7/22/2011   9:47:32 AM
    I love this workout! Bought it at Walmart for 10 bucks a few weeks ago. I can already feel myself getting stronger.

    I really appreciate how Jackie explains proper form for all the moves. Even though the moves are challenging, I feel comfortable doing them because of the focus on form and because there are great modification demonstrations. There is real attention paid to the modifier instead of it seeming like an afterthought or less effective option.

    I'm keeping my eye out for her other videos!! - 4/5/2011   8:36:37 PM
  • 45
    I just brought it! Couldn't resist the price and great reviews on the web! - 3/29/2011   11:28:23 AM
  • 44
    I'm getting it! - 3/17/2011   8:35:54 AM
  • 43
    I have this Xtreme dvd and also Jackie's One-On-One and Power Circuit training. I love her workouts. Sometimes I mix the videos together and do all lower body on one day and all upper body on another. A few of the exercises are the same but it can't hurt to do a few more reps. If you haven't done her workouts I think you can check them out for free if you have Exercise TV On-Demand. - 3/6/2011   10:47:53 PM
    This DVD is great! I use it along with a walk later in the day. The 30 minutes just fly by. I bought all her other DVD's too. It's like having her right there with you. I found her DVD's at Costco. - 3/4/2011   10:07:45 AM
  • 41
    I learned of her from her old reality show Workout on Bravo.. I will try this workout . I know a few ppl that really enjoy her workouts - 1/23/2011   5:31:34 PM
    I have another of her DVDs I bought when I was looking for a new workout. I figured it's less than $10 what have I got to loose. It kicked my but. I bought this DVD about 2 weeks ago. I've used it a couple of times & I really like it. I knew she would kick my but & looked forward to it. I especially love the way my muscles feel right after these workouts. I go quickly from shaky to 'can't sit down, wanna keep moving.' - 1/14/2011   11:23:59 PM
    Sounds doable. Will have to check this out. - 11/10/2010   3:19:07 PM
  • 38
    I plan to pick this up as soon as i can. It sounds terrific! - 11/9/2010   9:19:20 PM
  • 37
    I'm glad I saw this review because I have been contemplating ordering this video. I love Jackie's workout! I wish I could afford for her to train me. But it is selling for 10.99 on Amazon as of today. - 11/9/2010   9:45:29 AM
    Hmmm...maybe so. I'm experienced with strength training, but recovering from a serious injury so I'll have a lot of catching up to do. A short video might be a good way to ease back in till I can get more serious with the weights. - 11/8/2010   2:56:13 PM
  • 35
    Thanks for the review. I've been doing P90X and to mix it up I'd like to try something different. I'm still a little heavy and I think Insanity is a bit too much high impact for my knees. I will try this one. - 11/8/2010   10:46:55 AM
  • LORID126
    Thanks for the review. I checked out the clips and they look great. I love that they're not so long and can get a good work in according to my own schedule. Like she said, "No time" is no longer an excuse not to get fit! - 11/8/2010   4:54:11 AM
    Thanks for the review. I am always looking for new fitness DVD's to change up the routine. I get bored fast with fitness workouts. - 11/8/2010   12:44:16 AM
    A workout is more effective when one's brain is also engaged in the process. It's all about being "in the zone" and using synchronisation. So if the aim is not to have to think, you're cheating yourself a bit. - 11/7/2010   5:35:50 PM
    I believe I saw her dvd at Walmart so I will definitely add it to my collection.....now to start using that collection :) - 11/7/2010   12:28:16 PM
  • 30
    Ooooh I would definitely check this one out, thanks for the review! - 11/7/2010   8:40:04 AM
  • 29
    No, I wouldn't try it becos I get the same things (from your description/review) with the dvds I use by Chalene Johnson (Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire and ChaLEAN Extreme). She has short workouts that are to the point as you describe and works multiple body parts at the same time. I also use RevAbs by Brett Hoebel and he works the core from several angles. - 11/7/2010   8:36:52 AM
  • 28
    No, because I have no idea who she is. I'll stay with Denise Austin or Kathy Smith. - 11/7/2010   1:26:42 AM
  • 27
    I would definitely try this DVD. Might have to go get it now. Thanks for the review. - 11/6/2010   10:03:34 PM
  • 26
    I just came back from Target and they have her Xtrem Ab workout there. Don't ask me how because it is not due to release until December 7th. It's 2- 15 minute workouts, one standing and one on the floor and is crunchless. I haven't done it yet, since I just got home, but I plan on doing them this evening after my dinner rests or tomorrow morning. I read some reviews and it sounds great, but read the floor ab workout is tough and your soar the next day! I am looking forward to doing this workout. It's suppose to be 3 times a week. I'll rotate it on the opposite days of the Xtreme Time Saver workout. - 11/6/2010   7:25:11 PM
  • 25
    I have this one and love it. Jackie's workouts are great! She explains things well, and is so motivating. Between her and Jillian, I'm in the best shape ever! - 11/6/2010   7:20:17 PM
    i love to work out i feel great - 11/6/2010   2:50:55 PM
  • 23
    Just ordered from Amazon.com. Can't wait for it to arrive...I've been trying to focus more on strength training and this sounds like a great resource to help with that. Thanks for the review! - 11/6/2010   2:47:54 PM
  • 22
    I am definitely going to pick this one up! I am a huge fan of circuit-training and full-body supersets during my ST workouts, so this sounds like its right up my alley! =) - 11/6/2010   2:15:24 PM
  • 21
    Thanks for review. Looks like good Xmas gift for DD and GD - 11/6/2010   10:16:39 AM
  • 20
    After reading this yesterday, I went to Target and bought it. Had to hit the second Target to find it! Did it this morning. Loved it! I'm sure I'll be feeling it later. - 11/6/2010   7:15:29 AM
  • 19
    I definitely considered getting it, thanks for the review! - 11/6/2010   6:30:19 AM
  • 18
    Thanks for this review. I have her DVDs on my Amazon wishlist. :) - 11/6/2010   4:14:02 AM
  • 17
    I bought the CD recently and started the workout - I agree with the review - this isn't for a beginner and really was intense for a short period. I followed it with a cool down on the treadmill - felt a bit abrupt at the end. - 11/5/2010   10:26:51 PM
  • 16
    I don't think it's like the Shred. I did the Shred and this is allot harder. Jillian and Jackie's workouts have the same concept, but I think Jackie's are a bit more intense. You definitely need hand weights for this workout to get the full effect. Now Jackie and Jillian have ab DVD's coming out soon, so I look forward to seeing which girl has the better workout. I'll probably end up with both and rotate them out! - 11/5/2010   6:55:26 PM
  • 15
    I love Jackie Warner! I was hooked on her show, but I've yet to see her THINtervention show. - 11/5/2010   4:28:18 PM
  • 14
    If you think it sounds like Jillian, it's because they used to be partners before either one was on TV. Their training philosophies on their workout DVDs are very similar. That's good news for fans; if you like one trainer's video, try the other trainer's video and you will "get it" right away.

    I am looking forward to trying this video. She hooked me with "Thintervention," and I want to make sure I'm working hard enough at the gym to get the health results I want. - 11/5/2010   3:34:09 PM
  • 13
    I first tried the One on One Training through Netflix and then bought it because I liked it so much. I like to change videos every couple of months, so I found this one on Amazon and decided to buy it yesterday. I'm glad to hear that it is a good workout. I'm really looking forward to trying it. Thanks for the review. - 11/5/2010   12:11:53 PM
  • 12
    Am I the only one who thinks this sounds exactly like Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred? - 11/5/2010   11:08:56 AM
  • 11
    This sounds like a great change up for Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.
    I love burning obscene amounts of calories in a small amount of time! - 11/5/2010   11:03:20 AM
  • 10
    I woulldn't mind trying this one. I just started the Power 90 series - and it's not enough cardio for me (I am also a runner). But I supplement the videos with some extra cardio... I'm quicky learning that videos are a good way to get strength training in... if I don't have a motivator I'll do cardio all day and never touch a weight. - 11/5/2010   10:50:56 AM
  • 9
    I'm gonna look for it. I need to do some changing up of my workout and it sounds good! - 11/5/2010   10:47:29 AM
    Thanks for sharing, I've been thinking about getting this and now I think I will! - 11/5/2010   9:55:51 AM
  • 7
    I have been working out to this video for about 2 weeks. It's nice because you only need to do it 3 times a week. As Jen said, each exercise is 1 minute long, it doesn't sound long, but it is. Some of the exercises are killers, so take it at your own pace. The first time I did this workout my arms were trembeling. Jackie is big on upper body and I gaurantee doing this workout will build and tone muscle in the arms. I where my heart rate monitor doing this workout and I tend to burn about 350 calories, not bad for a 30 min. strength training video. The only thing about this workout I don't care for is the cool down isn't very long, so I tend to stretch a little bit longer afterwards. When your done with this workout you will feel so good about yourself, especially if you can make it through the first 15 minutes. I'm glad the exercises get easier, at least for me, by the end of the video. The curtsey and kicks are way killers for me. I so highly recommend this workout for anyone who wants to tone. She doesn't focus much on the abs, because her Xtreme Ab workout is coming out, I believe December 5th. I gaurantee that will be on my Christmas list this year, unless I get it sooner! - 11/5/2010   9:35:41 AM
  • 6
    I have her other video and I LOVE it! I had been exercising for almost a year, tried one of her video's on demand then decided to buy the DVD. Wal-Mart had it for $9.99. They have a great selection at a low price - can't wait to buy this one! Her workouts leave you feeling like you've really given yourself a thorough full-body workout! - 11/5/2010   9:23:18 AM
  • 5
    How much did it cost at Target? Is it cheaper to go Amazon or a local store? If I'm patient maybe I'll see it at a used book store someday! - 11/5/2010   8:56:13 AM

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