Guest Author - Jamie Robertson
The Gaiam® Covered Resistance Cord Workout Kit is a great program for anyone looking to create lean, tone muscles from the comfort of their own home. The kit includes a 60 minute workout DVD and a resistance cord in light, medium, or heavy.
The DVD is led by fitness trainer Tanja Djelevic. It is broken into three 20 segments that can be performed individually or together. The three focus areas for the DVD are front body, back body, and core. Djelevic keeps the workout fun and lighthearted. While she does not spend much time telling you how to perform the routines, they are very easy to catch on to. She provides encouragement throughout the routines without being overly chatty.
Both the front body and back body workouts focus on the upper and lower portions of your body. As you might imagine, the front body workout focuses largely on your biceps, chest, shoulders, and quads. The back body workout focuses on your back muscles, triceps, hamstrings, and glutes. The core workout strengthens your entire body, but focuses on your abdominal muscles. All three sections make use of the covered resistance cord.
The Covered Resistance Band
The band is covered with a light fabric in teal, blue, or pink, depending on the resistance level. The handles are very comfortable and just sturdy enough to allow you to use the band easily. The covering keeps the band from rubbing against your skin the way many of the plastic resistance cords do. The covering is very sturdy and does not show much wear, even standing on it through numerous workouts.
Why I Love It
The Gaiam® resistance cord exercise has everything that I was looking for. The workouts are each 20 minutes, so I can fit them into busy days very easily. I rotate which section of my body I work throughout the week to give each muscle group a chance to rest. You do not need any extra equipment, though a yoga mat is helpful, and the band is easy to use.
The workouts are hard. My muscles burn throughout the workout and are sore in the following days. After only a few weeks, I can already see that the resistance cord exercises are giving me fantastic results. My arm muscles are much more visible and my abs are becoming defined.
The only problem I have with this kit is that you have to purchase an entire new kit, including the DVD, in order to get a higher level cord. In my opinion, the results I have gotten from using this kit make this a worthwhile purchase.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to tone up. If you are looking to lose a significant amount of weight, I would recommend this product in conjunction with another form of cardio, such as running or biking. The resistance cord workout will help shape your body as you lose fat, but will not burn as many calories as you need to shed a lot of weight.
If you already workout with weights or another band, I recommend getting the medium or heavy resistance cord. If you are a beginner, get the light cord.
The Gaiam® Covered Resistance Cord Workout Kit is available from Amazon.