Yoga for the Warrior
with trainer Bob Harper
You will love it if:
This is a great yoga workout for someone who wants to use yoga as a means of increasing strength and stamina or for someone who want to use yoga as a “rest day” from a cardio or strength training intensive workout schedule. The moves stretch and tone all of the major muscle groups and are challenging enough to have you work up a sweat and boost your heart-rate without feeling tedious or overly challenging.
Bob does a great job of introducing some very challenging moves while simultaneously showing modifications that make the workout accessible to those who are less flexible. There are 3 models doing the workout with Bob (though Bob spends most of his time instructing and doesn’t do much of the workout himself). The two female models do the more advanced versions of the moves that require greater flexibility while the male shows the less flexible modifications.
There are no special features to turn off the music in the videos or view subtitles or anything like that. You’re pretty much stuck with the music the producers picked. Not that it’s bad music. It’s a sort of techno style U2 sounding instrumental mixed with little splashes of hard rock mixed in. As in all of Bob’s Inside Out Method videos, the videography is a little weird with black-and-white freeze frames, split screens, and other similar effects. While it enhances the artistic effect of the video, it can make the workout a bit harder to follow. I have had trouble with the videography in other Inside Out Method videos, but I didn’t find it too distracting in this particular workout—maybe because it’s so hard to look at the TV while doing yoga anyway.
An open mind.
You can pretty much do all of the moves if you can fit a yoga mat on the ground. This is, after all, a yoga workout.
To do the level 1 workout, you should be able to hold a plank position for about a minute, do around 50 crunches, and jog or walk briskly for at least 10-15 minutes. For the level 2 workout, you should also be able to jog or do advanced aerobics for 20+ minutes.
What NOT to Expect
This is yoga, not Crossfit, Insanity, or P90X (though P90X does include a yoga video…). You are not going to be able to throw tires over your house, outsprint the local track athlete, or win body-building contests at the gym. But your body will feel stronger, more flexible, and more relaxed. You may even gain some peace of mind while you’re at it. Also, do not expect a super-spiritual experience with “oms” and mind-blowing revelations. In this video, yoga is being used as a means of working out, not to help you achieve a heightened spiritual awareness or anything like that.
How does Yoga for the Warrior compare to other similar programs?