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DVD Review: Core Fusion — Pure Abs and Arms

I've loved the Exhale Spa's Core Fusion DVDs such as Thighs and Glutes, Pilates Plus, and Body Sculpt, and here is the latest video, Pure Abs and Arms ($18).

Well-known Exhale Spa fitness instructors Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito are back, and this time they're showing you how to tone your triceps, biceps, shoulders, and upper back, and also how to build core strength and increase flexibility in your spine. Many of the exercises feature using a resistance band, but don't worry — the band is included with the DVD. You'll also need a mat, and a set of lightweight dumbbells (two- or three-pounders), so make sure you have those on hand. Elisabeth and Fred lead you through basic yet effective exercises, but they do many reps, so lightweight dumbbells are best. If you only have a set of heavier ones, just do fewer reps.

Complete all five 10-minute sessions at once, or pick and choose the ones you have time for. Each session includes a mini warmup in the beginning and some stretching at the end. Each segment is really tough, depending on how heavy your weights are, or how tight you make the resistance band. I especially loved the ab exercises using the resistance band. Talk about a belly burner! I felt my muscles burning because each exercise is done one after another, with hardly any breaks. I love the instructors' serious and down-to-business attitude, which is also supportive and encouraging. They urge you to embrace the burn, but also listen to your body and stop if you need to. This is a great DVD to add to your home collection to tighten and tone your abs and arms.

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