review by Julia on March 28, 2011
What’s in it?
The DVD is made up of various sections so you can choose your work out, meaning there are fewer chances of repetitive routines. There is a 10 minute warm up which is quite long but time goes surprisingly fast. The cardio section has got a 30 minute Buff Cardio work out and a 30 minute Buff Boxing work out. Both sections are really good for keeping the heart rate up, however the Buff boxing is my favourite. It took just a few minutes to get the moves right and after that I was punching and kicking like a pro with my heart rate monitor working overtime!
After the cardio is the target area section for, as Davina puts it, buffing your bits. There's a 20 min Buff Legs and Core, 15 Buff Arms, 5 or 10 min Buff Abs depending if you want to take your abs to another (painful!) level. And lastly a Buff Stretch 5 minute basic stretch followed by a 5 min yoga type deeper stretch if you feel you need it and have the time.
There is also a Buff Nutrition section for people interested in healthy eating. Really this is just a nose around Meg Mathew’s house, looking at her wall paper. Did you know that Meg has designed wall paper for Victoria Beckham? Funny how I can remember that bit of gossip but not much about the nutrition!
What’s good about it?
Davina and her trainers Marc and Jackie do make me laugh; there is enough light hearted banter going on to keep my mind off the hard work I am doing!
The music is fabulously funky with enough power to keep me motivated, and Davina does keep to the beat which makes a change from some other celebrity DVD’s I could mention. Are you listening Mel B?
The work out is brilliant, traditional aerobic routines with dynamic moves, plyometrics and yoga stretches.
Jackie always does low impact so she can be followed if you can’t manage the high impact moves which are shown by Davina and Marc. As usual you get as much out of a workout as you put in. If you follow Marc and Davina’s high impact routines you will soon achieve a buffed body, but be prepared to work, twice a week isn’t going to do anything. Work out at least 3-4 times a week for an hour.
Where is it lacking?
I had to dig deep to find any negative points. Another warm up would have been good because I can see this one becoming a little boring, but then I can just do my own warm up. It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you stretch and flex your muscles!
This really isn’t a beginners DVD because there is not a lot of instruction on positioning. Of course this is not a problem if you are experienced, but the less experienced should perhaps choose a different DVD.
Is it worth owning?
If you want to sculpt, buff and tone up your body, burn fat and have a fun work out then this is the DVD to buy. You really can work as hard as you like and would recommend throwing all that you have into this DVD. There are sections where it is quite easy to add extra reps e.g. in the Buff Arms section when Davina and Mark go from doing reps with both arm to reps with single arms, just keep going with both arms! I also use small weights while doing the Buff Cardio, just to make life a little more difficult for myself!
As time is a precious commodity these days, and let’s face it however much we enjoy exercise, it is just something else to get through on the list of daily chores, you need to make each work out really count. You have made the effort and time to exercise so work out to the max! With 2 hours of routines to choose from there is going to be a different work out each day of the week, so what do you have to lose? Get buffing!
Davina's Body Buff is only £8.99 if you're in the UK, so I think the price is worth the 2 hours of workouts you get. I can't find it available outside of the UK though so I think Davina's fame must be limited!