If you're looking for a traditional boot camp led by an instructor who is more cheerleader than drill sergeant, Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp (*Est. $15) is for you. This fitness DVD may include bootcamp-style training, but fitness guru Denise Austin is known for her upbeat, cheerful personality and positive motivation.
A cheerful trainer is a departure from other bootcamps. Denise Austin is known for upbeat, perky demeanor. Her style is a new take on the traditional tough-guy instruction method that most other boot camp programs rely on. For those who prefer positive motivation, Austin is a go-to instructor. Reviewers appreciate that she points out where participants should expect to feel the burn and offers helpful reminders to keep the core muscle engaged. We found some reviews that say the cuing is occasionally off and that it would be helpful to have more instruction when it comes to the weight-lifting moves.
Effective workout, without the traditional bootcamp intensity: The video includes two 20-minute interval workouts. The first focuses on cardio and weight lifting and is designed to blast calories and drop the pounds. The second, focused on body sculpting and athletic training, includes moves that mimic those seen in sports (think: cross-country skiing). There is also a six-minute, ab-blasting routine. While we found that Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp is the bootcamp-style fitness DVD most recommended by professional publications and online sources, it is not a traditional boot camp workout. The DVD receives positive feedback from popular site ThatsFit.com and was selected by More magazine as one of their favorite calorie-torching routines. Still, those who are looking for a bootcamp-style workout with a bit more of a tough attitude may want to consider The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Boot Camp with Bob Harper (*Est. $9) or P90X: Tony Horton's 90-Day Extreme Home Fitness Workout DVD Program (*Est. $150).
Tone your abs with a bonus routine. In addition to the two 20-minute routines, Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp also features a six-minute, ab fat-blaster section. No other materials are included, though hand weights are necessary for the second routine.
Review Credibility: Excellent ThatsFit.com editor Kristen Seymour's workout DVD reviews are detailed, but she does not rate any videos, making it difficult to compare them. Seymour says that she was surprised at the difficulty of Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp. It is a pretty straightforward video, with tried-and-true moves that feel dated, but they work. She adds that while the cuing is occasionally off, this workout is appropriate for a wide range of fitness levels and is effective.
Review: Denise Austin 3-Week Boot Camp: DVD Review, Kristen Seymour, Nov. 26, 2009
Review Credibility: Very Good More magazine's health staff selects 10 fat-burning workout routines for this slide show. For each selection, editors explain the equipment needed, the fitness level and give a general overview of the DVD. Unfortunately, like other More magazine DVD roundups, there is no explanation as to how these DVDs were tested or by what criteria they were chosen. Editors say that Denise Austin comes off as more of a cheerleader than drill sergeant in this boot camp, but delivers a good workout, particularly if both routines are combined.
Review: Calorie-Torching Exercise DVDs, Editors of More magazine, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Approximately 35 users give Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp, an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. They say the workout is more challenging than Austin's previous offerings. While some reviewers note that it is not suitable for advanced fitness levels, the dual short but difficult routines are ideal for those desiring an effective workout in a limited time.
Review: 3 Week Body Bootcamp (2009), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
4. Collage Video.com
Review Credibility: Very Good Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp earns an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, from 50 users and one certified instructor who says that viewers will receive a balanced mix of cardio and strength training. Users say that this video is appropriate for an intermediate fitness level, but advanced viewers will want to look elsewhere.
Review: Denise Austin's 3-Week Boot Camp, Editors of and contributors to CollageVideo.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good This blog provides a detailed review of Denise Austin 3-Week Bootcamp. The site features about 20 DVD reviews, all of which are fair and balanced. The reviewer gives the DVD a less-than-stellar review, saying that while the DVD may be a challenge for beginners, it's not tough enough for advanced fitness levels. Plus, Denise's cuing leaves much to be desired, and her sugar-sweet personality is not for everyone.
Review: Review: Denise Austin -- 3 Week Boot Camp, Editors of Health-E-Coach.com, Jan. 6, 2011