Brazil Butt Lift
with trainer Leandro Carvalho
You will love it if:
The workouts in this series range from beginner to advanced and include mostly low to moderate impact moves. I personally loved the Bum Bum video and felt it was one of the most difficult butt workouts I have ever done. The Bum Bum Rapido and High & Tight workouts were also very good. But the other workouts were not nearly as good as these three. The other workouts were much easier and did very little for your butt and thighs. Leandro is a great trainer for butt and thigh work, no doubt about it! But the arm sculpting, cardio dance, and core workouts are much easier than the other workouts. Also, the core workout is a little spotty with some super easy moves and some super hard moves.
Some of the videos in series include actors doing easier modified versions of the moves, but there is not much difference between the regular workout and the easier version. However, Leandro does level 1 and 2 versions on many of the exercises, so if you need to make the workout easier, you can just stick with the level 1 version. For a harder workout, you can start the level 2 version while he is still doing level 1—of course, you will need to be familiar enough with the workout to know what the level 2 version is ahead of time before you can do this.
Leandro has a fairly thick accent, but it is not so thick that you cannot understand him. The moves are easy enough to follow even without the sound on, so you don’t really need to understand everything he says anyway. His personality is encouraging and pleasant; he always wears a big smile and his eyes sparkle and shine throughout the workout, making him pleasant to workout with. The videography cuts back and forth between a workout studio (with about 10 actors and actresses doing the workout) and a beach scene (with about 3 actresses doing the workout). The actresses in the beach scene are not always doing the moves exactly the same way as the actors and actresses in the workout studio, but the differences are not huge. Leandro does most of the moves with you but also walks around to check the form of the actors and give some tips on how to do the moves correctly.
Most of the workouts can be done without any equipment. However, the Sculpt workout requires 3 to 10 pound hand-weights (depending on your fitness level) and the High & Tight workout requires ankle weights and a resistance band. The resistance band used in the High & Tight video is very short (maybe 1 foot in circumference). The band should be taught when you put it around your ankles with your feet an inch or two apart. I used the bands that came with the Insanity: Asylum workout program (you can get a set of three for around 10 dollars online), but I’m sure you can find them other places as well.
There is quite a bit of forward, backward, and lateral movement in all of the workouts (except maybe the tummy tuck video) so you will need enough space to lunge forward, lunge backward, and lunge from side to side without worrying about hitting anything. If you can’t lie on the floor and stretch your body out with your arms above your head, then you probably won’t have enough space for these workouts.
Most people who are in good enough shape to walk around comfortably for ½ hour or more will be able to try most of these videos. However, the Bum Bum, Bum Bum Rapido, and Tummy Tuck videos are a bit more challenging. Make sure you can hold a plank position for at least a minute before attempting the Tummy Tuck video. For the Bum Bum and Bum Bum Rapido videos, be prepared to do a gazillion squats and plies and to need your balance a lot.
What NOT to Expect
The Bum Bum and High & Tight videos will definitely give your legs and core muscles a little pow, but none of these workouts is designed to get you a super huge, ripped upper body. The videos aren’t designed to be heart-pounding, sweat dripping, cardiovascular killers either. The Bum Bum workout is pretty crazy, but the other workouts are beginner or intermediate. I wouldn’t use this as a stand-alone, full-body workout program since you will undoubtedly find some of the videos to be too easy or too advanced. Basically, the workouts are all over the place and weren’t all created for the same fitness level. The Sculpt and Cardio Axe workouts are great for a beginner, but a beginner will find the Bum Bum workouts way too difficult. Since the entire workout program is sold on three DVDs, it would be pretty much impossible to pick and choose—buying only those workouts you want and passing on the other ones. However, this workout program might be worth the investment if you are looking for a really good butt and thigh workout, especially if you need a workout that is low to moderate impact. This is the hardest butt/thigh workout I’ve done that doesn’t include tons of high impact plyometrics.
How does Brazil Butt Lift compare to other similar programs?
LESS FOCUS ON BUTT
Brazil Butt Lift Max Results
MORE DANCING & FOCUS ON ABS (not butt)
Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results
MORE PLYOMETRICS & LESS TONING
MORE CARDIO, KICKBOXING, & PLYOS