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DVD Review: Amy Dixon's 'Give Me 10!' Has It All

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8/6/2010 11:00 AM   :  37 comments   :  21,596 Views

Adopting my dog a few months ago has changed my life in many ways, and that includes my exercise routine. While I'm even more active than before since I share dog-walking responsibilities with my fiancé, I'm not able to spend as much time at the gym. That means at-home workouts make up the bulk of my routine now, so I've been strength training at home, usually with a few of my favorite workout DVDs.

When Amy Dixon's "Give Me 10!" workout DVD showed up on my desk at work, I was excited to try it. Amy Dixon may look familiar to many of you who are avid readers of women's fitness magazines. She's a regular contributor and fitness consultant for magazines like "Self," "Shape," "Women's Health" and more. She knows her stuff, too. With a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and a boatload of fitness certifications, she's been training and designing workouts for 15 years.

This DVD features a nice mix of six 10-minute workouts: Fat Blasting Cardio, Upper Body Sculpt, Lower Body Firmer, Core Makeover, Yoga Stretch & Flex, and a bonus Kettlebell Tone Up. So are these workouts for you?

Here's a short preview from YouTube.



I've tried the DVD a few times now. I keep finding myself reaching for it again and again when I want a good workout at home. As you can see from the preview, Amy offers clear, concise and helpful instructions that help with form. She's motivating and warm, but not too cheerful either. I also really liked the music on these workouts and the face that they moved at a pretty good pace. There are two other women demonstrating the exercises and they look like real women like you and me. (I liked that.) Amy doesn't always do the best job of pointing it out or explaining it in detail, but one of the background exercisers always offers some good modifications if you're looking for them. One thing worth noting is that several of the workouts require moving from standing to the floor (seated or lying) and back multiple times, and that may be difficult for people with limited mobility.

These workouts are short, but Amy manages to fit a lot in. That said, there's not much in the way of warm-ups or cool downs and none of the workouts end with stretches (although she tells you to stretch if you're done for the day). You can play the workouts one at a time or all at once and when you do it that way, the yoga/stretching routine plays last, which is a great end to the series of workouts. Here are a few more details about each workout:

Fat Blasting Cardio
I liked this segment a lot because it goes by quickly and uses a wide variety of moves that you won't find in typical cardio DVDs. It does move at a fast pace and there are quite a few higher-impact hops and movements that some people would need to modify. It really got my heart rate up and served as a good warm up for the rest of the series.

Upper Body Sculpt
This uses a pair of dumbbells. You'll see new twists on biceps curls and lots of kettlebell-inspired moves, such as light "swinging" movements, which are a little bit different. She also does some body weight exercises like pushups and triceps dips. I liked the variety overall and think it would be great even for beginners.

Lower Body Firmer
This was fun and challenging and included a variety of interesting squat and lunging exercises. You'll use dumbbells for this workout, too and try lots of kettlebell-inspired moves that are great for the glutes, hamstrings and inner thighs (and also elevate your heart rate). Beginners and intermediate exercisers alike will be comfortably challenges with this routine.

Core Makeover
I really liked this workout. You'll need a mat and just one of your weights to follow alone. I was definitely sore the next day. Some of these exercises really work the obliques and she does a variety of plank moves. It may be a little too much for beginners (there are some modifications), but I still thought it was challenging in a fun way!

Yoga Stretch & Flex
This was a nice, simple and straightforward yoga-inspired stretching routine. I think it's the perfect way to wrap up whatever 10-minute segment(s) you do on this DVD. There are no super challenging moves and it's appropriate for a wide range of fitness levels. A+!

Bonus Kettlebell Tone Up
I am familiar with kettlebell training and have learned the basics from a certified kettlebell trainer. I love using kettlebells, and this is a pretty good introductory workout to some of the basic moves. However, I still have a hard time recommending that anyone new to kettlebells learn it from a DVD, no matter how good the instruction in that DVD really is. Many moves seem simple, but they can be risky for anyone. I use a 20-pound kettlebell at home, and it was impossible for me to follow along with the pace of this workout because they moved so much faster and used such light weights. Amy does a good job instructing on this and I enjoyed the workout despite needing to go much slower. You don't even NEED a real kettlebell to follow along (a heavy dumbbell will work), but I can only comfortably say that you avoid this workout or proceed with extreme caution (unless you have already learned the basics from a certified kettlebell trainer).

Overall, I think this DVD will make its way into my routine pretty regularly. I think it offers a lot of variety to beginner and intermediate exercisers, and Amy is likable and creative in her choreography, which helps keep boredom at bay. You can buy Amy Dixon's "Give Me 10!" from AmyDixonFitness.com or amazon.com ($17.99-$19.99).

Will you try Amy Dixon's DVD? Are you a fan of 10-minute workout segments?

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Comments

  • SBNORMAL
    37
    I might try this one too! - 3/21/2012   5:41:28 AM
  • 36
    My Knees are too bad for this one maybe when i get about 40lbs off me I will try this
    - 1/23/2011   5:38:37 PM
  • 35
    Thanks for the review. I ordered a copy of "Give me 10" from Amazon. I've got 10 minutes to burn! - 12/28/2010   9:49:30 PM
  • 34
    I'd love to try this one, but it is way to pricey for me. I've been picking up some really good DVDs for between $6 and $9 lately, so I'll have to skip this one for now. - 8/13/2010   3:11:04 PM
  • WINEDINETRAVEL
    33
    I need to add a few DVD workouts to my repertoire. I'm in a rut. - 8/9/2010   9:06:22 AM
  • 32
    I started exercising with a 10 min DVD that had kickboxing on it. I really enjoyed doing that so I moved on to longer workouts like Turbo Jam. I think that the 10 minute DVDs can be a good way to try out different work out styles so you can see what you like and what works for you. - 8/8/2010   8:37:00 PM
  • VICKIETUBBS741
    31
    These look great for when you are time challenged. - 8/8/2010   3:44:01 PM
  • CSCHOEN
    30
    I think Amy Dixon is one of my favorite DVD workout people. It's just that she makes you feel you are there in class with her, and she's helping you work to your own benefit - not something easy to get across....this one goes on the "get soon" list!

    cschoen - 8/8/2010   1:29:48 PM
  • LAURAWILLBEFIT
    29
    I don't think its for me.
    It moves way to fast.
    Maybe sometime in the future though!
    I like her voice, and some of the upper body exercises.
    Kettlebells are not for me, so I wouldn't consider doing it, but I'm happy how you let people know to skip that one. - 8/8/2010   12:32:52 PM
  • 28
    Sometimes I'm a fan of 10 min. workouts. This may be something I'd like. - 8/8/2010   1:01:16 AM
  • 27
    I am not a fan of 10 minute workouts, but this looks interesting to do 4-6 of them together as one workout. - 8/7/2010   9:56:16 PM
  • 26
    looks like something worth checking out - 8/7/2010   9:18:45 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    25
    Nope. Really can't "blast fat" away, for one thing, those are just words meant to hype the DVD, be honest. - 8/7/2010   9:18:28 PM
  • 24
    Not really a fan. - 8/7/2010   9:10:03 PM
  • 23
    I am a fan of 10 miute workout sxegments--- Now that winter will someday be here(yuck!)----it might be a good DVD to tery--Thanks! - 8/7/2010   4:09:49 PM
  • ERNURSERN
    22
    I just went and bought the dvd...I need something quick and challenging...I think that this would be a good one!!! Thanks for the idea!! - 8/7/2010   2:17:21 PM
  • 21
    NO NO NO! Sounds much too hard for limited mobile people. I had to drop out of Jan.'s Boot Camp because the old knees wouldn't hold up to the exercises. I haven't found a DVD or even a Spark exercise I could do. - 8/7/2010   1:43:51 PM
  • 20
    NO NO NO! Sounds much too hard for limited mobile people. I had to drop out of Jan.'s Boot Camp because the old knees wouldn't hold up to the exercises. I haven't found a DVD or even a Spark exercise I could do. - 8/7/2010   1:43:49 PM
  • 19
    NO NO NO! Sounds much too hard for limited mobile people. I had to drop out of Jan.'s Boot Camp because the old knees wouldn't hold up to the exercises. I haven't found a DVD or even a Spark exercise I could do. - 8/7/2010   1:43:46 PM
  • 18
    NO NO NO! Sounds much too hard for limited mobile people. I had to drop out of Jan.'s Boot Camp because the old knees wouldn't hold up to the exercises. I haven't found a DVD or even a Spark exercise I could do. - 8/7/2010   1:43:36 PM
  • 17
    NO NO NO! Sounds much too hard for limited mobile people. I had to drop out of Jan.'s Boot Camp because the old knees would hold up to the exercises. I haven't found a DVD or even a Spark exercise I could do. - 8/7/2010   1:43:11 PM
  • 16
    I have Women's Health Total Workout in Ten! featuring Amy Dixon and I really like it. It includes cardio, upper and lower body, flexibility and balance. I have used it with my middle years physical education classes. I'll have to get this one as well. - 8/7/2010   11:18:03 AM
  • 15
    This is high praise coming from you. I'll have to try it out. My husband is stationed overseas for six months starting tomorrow, so I'll have to spend less time at the gym too, to be here for the kids. I'll have to start cooking too, because my husband used to do it. Big life change! Sounds like you are getting ready for one too. - 8/7/2010   10:14:13 AM
  • 14
    This looks great! I like the fact that she illustrates different levels of movement in
    continuum with the 10 min workout. As one with knee issues, I found this to be very encouraging. I plan to buy this DVD in the near future. Thanks - 8/7/2010   9:32:40 AM
  • 13
    I am a big fan of 10 Minute Solutions Kickboxing workout DVD's as they allow me the flexibility and to decide how long I want to work out . I usually say I will only do 2 or 3 and find myself doing the entire DVD.

    I will have to check this one out as it sounds like an awesome addition to my DVD workout routine. - 8/7/2010   8:58:00 AM
  • KATIECAN3
    12
    I love the 10 minute work outs. - 8/7/2010   7:03:43 AM
  • 11
    I like doing 10 minute exercises if I'm short of time, it's better than no exercise.

    I've done an Amy Dixon 20 minute kick boxing workout, although this is 20 minutes, it's enjoyable. I haven't tried any of her other workouts. - 8/7/2010   5:21:14 AM
  • 10
    Looks pretty good to me. I will be looking for it on Amazon soon. Tks - 8/6/2010   11:26:22 PM
  • RTONICK
    9
    Every morning I start my day with Give Me 10! These quick, easy to follow 10 minute workouts are challenging but Amy motivates you throughout. - 8/6/2010   8:50:00 PM
  • 8
    AWESOME, Thank you - 8/6/2010   4:53:27 PM
  • 7
    Gotta love options for the time-crunched! - 8/6/2010   4:48:25 PM
  • ASHLEYB1182
    6
    I love the idea that I could do a 10-minute workout or combine them and do up to an hour. Thanks for the review, I'll definitely look into this! - 8/6/2010   4:30:43 PM
  • 5
    Love to walk my chi's - 8/6/2010   1:49:27 PM
  • 4
    GREAT THANKS - 8/6/2010   1:33:00 PM
  • 3
    I am so glad that Nicole recommends learning the kettlebell techniques from a certified kettlebell trainer! I've seen a lot of video where the moves demonstrated can cause serious injury...I also would admonish ANYONE wanting to incorporate kettlebells into their fitness program to take at least a couple of classes/lessons from a certified kettlebell trainer.

    You can go to www.dragondoor.com to search for a RKC trainer in your area! - 8/6/2010   1:25:10 PM
  • BRUTALPOODLE
    2
    I love ten minute workout videos! I have a lot of longer workout videos but it's nice to have the ten minute ones, so even if you feel like you don't really have time you can still fit in a good workout. Ten minutes is better than nothing! Thanks for the review. I'll have to look into adding this one to my collection! - 8/6/2010   11:38:13 AM

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