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Readers review: Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD


Well+Good gave away several copies of the new Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD, with the promise that our readers would report back. Here’s what two had to say about their virtual workout with Ariane Hundt on NYC's most iconic bridge.

brooklyn bridge boot campAs a private in the reserve ranks of Ariane Hundt’s boot camp (and an owner of two dozen fitness DVDs), I can’t imagine a tough workout being so accurately captured on film, as the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD.

Hundt is accurately portrayed as the bad-ass, no-nonsense goddess she is—and not given a glossy makeover. Her participants look real (though super fit). And the setting on the Brooklyn Bridge is such a treat compared to super-sanitized studios and overly cheesy waves-crashing-in-background fitness DVDs.

Only the running-in-place knee-ups pissed off my downstairs neighbor, so I’ve had to do some of the workout barefoot.

Well+Good recently gave away several copies of the brand-new DVD, with the promise that our readers would report back. Here’s what two had to say about their virtual workout with Hundt and her boot-campers on the bridge. —Melisse Gelula

REVIEWER: Sam Z.

I’m Sam, and I blog at Mom At The Barre. I was thrilled to review the newly released Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD, which is based on Ariane Hundt’s eponymous workout.

The DVD follows a live class—only when the class is running up the bridge, a split screen appears and Ariane instructs you to perform jumping jacks and sumo squats in place instead.

Other segments will have you lunging, donkey kicking, holding a plank, doing one-legged squats, squat jumping, and shoulder pressing to the point of exhaustion—often with resistance bands (provided with the DVD).

Takeaway: This 55-minute total body workout can easily be done in small spaces. The split-screen effect allows viewers to experience the energy of a live class. It’s a tough but great workout!

brooklyn bridge boot campREVIEWER: Kimberly R.

I just downed my double espresso and popped in Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD, completing my second day in a row of living room boot camp.

I was immediately welcomed by Ariane, who looked tough and buff, so I was ready to sweat.

The warm-up was intense, with lots of push-ups (and no rest period!), so your heart rate is continuously up. And you do a ton of jumping jacks — 300? I lost count after 12.…

The music quickly got monotonous, but I tried to drown it out by counting triceps reps until I couldn’t take it anymore (I may have cheated a little and quit before she was done).

Before I got pregnant, I did Crossfit four times a week and I found it more intense. But naturally, if I were in an actual class with Ariane, and enjoying the outdoor scenery, I’d be motivated to push myself a bit further.

The takeaway: Of course, nothing beats doing the intervals and sprints on the bridge. But with a new baby, my only option is to sweat at home with Ariane, who has an encouraging, stick-with-it attitude.

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD costs $35, includes an exercise guide and resistance bands, www.brooklynbridgebootcamp.com/dvd