Losing 35 pounds does not come easily. It takes hard work and dedication to drop weight. Not only have I been concentrating on putting good food into my body (although I was certainly doing better at that during my time as a Mamavation Mom for Campaign 15. Note to self: after the Chicago trip this weekend, get on that again…), but I’ve also been exercising regularly, often, and with good effort. I’ve been able to try different types of workouts like running, strength training, plyometrics, yoga, Pilates, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. It’s been super fun! So when I saw an opportunity from the Bookieboo Blogging Network to review a new exercise DVD from Kenya Moore, I jumped right on it! Luckily for me, I responded quickly enough to snag a review copy. I really enjoyed this workout and it’s found a new home in my workout routine, even though I don’t know her as a celebrity, I think Kenya Moore’s workout is fantastic!
Kenya Moore, who you may know as one of the stars from Real Housewives of Atlanta or as a former Miss USA, has collaborated with instructor Nikki Veal to create this workout video to show everyone how to get a big booty. The video features a warm up plus three levels of workout that really focus on the core and booty. Each of the levels is more difficult than the last, and there is also a 12-minute bonus ab workout. The exercises are led by Nikki, with the exception of Kenya’s “signature moves” like the Booty Pop. The warm up and all three levels of the Booty Boot Camp runs about 78 minutes.
Out of all the different types of workouts that I’ve tried, I have to say that one of my favorites is the workout that is deceptively difficult – and here’s why: I love a workout that seems so easy but is ridiculously effective. It’s one of the reasons that I loved the workouts assigned by Mark Segedie (aka @MrBookieboo and the personal trainer for the Mamavation campaign) during my time as a Mamavation Mom (to see more of his workouts, check out the 2 week challenges!). I was delighted to discover that Kenya Moore’s Booty Boot Camp was exactly that kind of workout – it seems like you barely move, but believe me you will be feeling it the next day! The stiletto bridge move that Nikki leads is one of my new all-time favorite exercises because it really gets deep in the calves and thighs in addition to the booty. Awesome, awesome!
The first time I tried the workout was right after I had finished a 5K, so I was fairly warmed up already. At first I giggled at the warm up – it starts very simple to get you moving, but in no time I was re-starting my sweat because it really does warm you up! At the end of the warm up, I went through and did levels 1 and 2, and let me tell you – I definitely felt it the next day! Some of the exercises really pushed my limits. It was definitely workout the core and booty, and they weren’t the same old exercises I’m already used to, so it was neat to branch out a little. My favorite part was that some of the exercises like the Booty Pop seem like you’re not moving at all, but near the end you’re hoping the reps are over because they are killer! It’s just the kind of workout I love.
I also liked that there were 3 levels available on the DVD. I love a challenge, and having three different levels gives me a goal or a challenge to get to that third level and really keep up the excellence. You can pop in a workout DVD at any time, but to really do the exercises to the best of your ability makes it effective. Having the added challenge of trying to get through each level made it more fun for me. And, of course, it’s focusing on trouble zones that I’d like to work!
Overall, I have to say that you do not need to know Kenya Moore as a celebrity to enjoy the workout. It’s lead well with interesting exercises that aren’t what you’re probably already doing on your own. They’re super effective and it’s a great workout to add to your mix to change things up. It was a little difficult at some times to see what the moves were while doing them, so I would make sure to recommend that you watch the DVD through first before you attempt it (you know you’re supposed to do that with ALL workout videos, right?) just so you have an idea ahead of time what the moves will be.