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Power Half Hour Exercise Program Review

9.13/10

Power Half Hour Exercise Program Review

9.13/10

Quick Overview
  • Difficulty
    Beginner
  • Cost
    Average
  • Trial Period
    30 Days

Power Half Hour is a fitness program produced by Beachbody and starring Tony Horton, a well-known fitness instructor and consultant. Tony has collaborated with Beachbody on other fitness products such as Power 90 and P90X.

Beachbody is a well known company that was founded in 1998 and has become a market leader in manufacturing at-home DVD-based fitness programs. The company is known for producing fitness products that provide workouts, exercise guidelines and schedules, dietary programs, and the equipment necessary to acquire health-related results.

More specifically, the majority of the Beachbody fitness programs target weight loss, increased cardiovascular endurance, improvements in lean muscle mass and strength, and improved balance, flexibility and coordination.

The Power Half Hour fitness program is designed to be performed quickly and efficiently is ideal for individuals with a limited amount of time to commit to their exercise routine. The fitness program contains five different workouts, each requiring less than 30 minutes to complete.

The Power Half Hour fitness program utilizes a training concept known as "Power Shaping." Power Shaping is a training technique that incorporates both cardiovascular training and strength training into each of the exercises. To this end, the Power Half Hour fitness program is designed to promote improvements in cardiovascular endurance, increases in lean muscle tissue and strength, and reductions in excess body weight, with the end result being a body that is visibly toned and highly sculpted. Hence, for individuals that are pressed for time and still want ensure that their lifestyle includes daily physical exercise, the Power Half Hour fitness program may be exactly what's in order.

Pros

  • Includes 5 Exercise Workouts
  • Extension of the Power 90 Fitness Program
  • Performed at a Fairly High Level of Intensity

Cons

  • Requires a Set of Dumbbells and/or a Resistance Band

Intent of Fitness Program

The Power Half Hour fitness program is designed as an express program that can be completed within 30 minutes. The Power Half Hour fitness program is intended to produce weight loss and toning results by providing specific workouts that target the abdominals, thighs, glutes, arms, chest and shoulders.

The workouts are primarily designed as supplemental exercise workouts intended to support the Power 90 fitness program. The Power Half Hour fitness program also promotes isolation spot training sessions, allowing you to focus on a specific region of the body within a single workout.

The Power Half Hour fitness program includes the following:

  • Ab Burner Workout
  • Arm Toner Workout
  • Bun Shaper Workout
  • Thigh Trimmer Workout
  • Power Stretch Workout
  • Nutritional Guide
  • 30-Day Power Tracker
  • Workout Calendar

Primary Areas Worked

The Power Half Hour fitness program has separate exercise workouts that independently focus on the abdominals, thighs, glutes, chest and shoulders. The fitness program is rather fast paced, and while the exercises are low impact, they are performed in an intense manner. The Power Half Hour fitness program takes this approach because its overall intention is to promote the burning of as many calories as possible within a 30-minute period.

All of the exercise workouts begin with a 2-minute warm-up followed by a 1-minute cool-down session in between each exercise segment within the overall workout. The exercise routines are sectioned into body segments. For instance, you will work your chest for 30 seconds followed by working the back for 30 seconds. This alternating exercise pattern allows certain muscle groups a mild rest period before being worked again.

For example, the Arm Toner workout involves exercises such as push ups, one arm rows, two arm rows and lower back lifts. All of the previously mentioned exercises are designed to work your chest and back.

Thereafter, the shoulders, biceps, and triceps are targeted with exercises such as the military press, biceps curl, triceps dips, upright rows, shoulder flies and triceps kickbacks. All other muscle groups follow a similar workout pattern.

Program Length/Frequency

The Power Half Hour fitness program involves performing one 30-minute exercise session per day and six total exercise sessions per week. The basic Power Half Hour fitness program workout schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: Ab Workout
  • Tuesday: Thigh Workout
  • Wednesday: Arm Workout
  • Thursday: Stretch Workoutng
  • Friday: Ab Workout
  • Saturday: Buns Workout
  • Sunday: Rest

The Power Half Hour fitness program includes a fitness guide and calendar detailing what workouts are to be performed on any given day over a 4-week period. Each exercise session requires no more than 30 minutes to complete, unless you want to double up on the workouts and accelerate the rate at which you obtain your personal fitness goals. In addition, all of the exercise workouts are DVD-based fitness programs that can be performed whenever you have time.

Effectiveness/Results of the Program

The effectiveness of the Power Half Hour fitness program largely depends on your ability to adhere to the workout schedule and maintain a fairly high level of intensity. Since each exercise session requires no more than 30 minutes, the program is intended to be performed at a high level of intensity to ensure that you burn as many calories as possible within the allotted time. The Power Half Hour fitness program is designed for you to burn approximately 200 to 300 calories per session.

The Power Half Hour fitness program does not detail any specifics regarding how much weight you should expect to lose over the 30-day workout schedule, as your initial level of fitness and your dietary habits will be primary variables in your overall fitness results. However, if you adhere to the workout schedule, dedicate a fair level of intensity to each workout, and consume a reasonable diet, you should expect to lose 2 to 5 pounds per week. You will also improve your cardiovascular endurance, increase your muscular strength, and decrease your overall body fat percentage.

Equipment/Space Requirements

The Power Half Hour fitness program is best performed with additional support equipment. This includes an exercise mat to perform several of the floor exercises and either a set of dumbbells or a resistance band.

The latter two items will be needed for the arm workouts, and are imperative if you want to exit the program with reasonable improvement in body strength. You will need a moderate amount of space to perform the floor and standing exercises.

Physical Requirements

The Power Half Hour fitness program is not particularly intended for beginners. However, it can be performed by practically any able-bodied individual. The fitness program does not require experience in past fitness programs, but will require strict adherence to the fitness and nutritional guidelines. In addition, the program is best suited to those who are familiar with other Beachbody fitness programs such as Power 90 or P90X, already have the necessary support equipment, and want a few more exercise workouts for increased variety.

Support

The Power Half Hour fitness program is backed by the Beachbody customer service system and includes the following:

  • Online FAQ sections
  • 24/7 support telephone line
  • Online email service
  • Live chat
  • Online message boards


Cost

The Power Half Hour fitness program costs two monthly payments of $ 19.95 plus $ 9.95 for shipping and handling. For about $ 50.00 you will receive 5 workouts, a workout schedule, a 30-day Power Tracker and a nutritional guide.

At this price, the Power Half Hour fitness program provides a solid level of value. However, it is important to remember that if you do not own an exercise mat and a pair of dumbbells or resistance bands, you will need to purchase them. This being said, the Power Half Hour fitness program is ideal for individuals that are pressed for time and want to lose weight, improve their cardiovascular endurance, and increase their lean muscle mass and strength.

However, for individuals that are not on a limited time schedule and can commit a longer period of time to their daily workout, there are more valuable fitness programs that can be purchased through Beachbody. Some fitness programs that offer a high level of value are the P90X, Turbo Fire and Insanity fitness programs.

This being said, for individuals that are able to commit at least one hour per day to their exercise routine, are able to spend more than $ 50.00 for a fitness program, and are looking for an exercise program that is not only comprehensive but extremely intense as well, you may want to consider the P90X and Insanity fitness programs instead of Power Half Hour.

Summary

The Power Half Hour fitness program is a fairly straightforward fitness program designed to promote weight loss, improvements in cardiovascular endurance, increases in lean muscle mass and strength, and a toned body. The exercise workouts only require 30 minutes to complete, so they are ideal for individuals that do not have a lot of time to dedicate to their fitness program. This being said, it is imperative that you perform the exercise workouts with a fairly high level of intensity and regularity in order to achieve the results you desire.

All in all, the Power Half Hour fitness program is a sound option that operates under solid fitness fundamentals and principles. To this end, individuals that are limited in time but still want to perform an exercise routine that will produce solid health and fitness results may find Power Half Hour ideal.

However, for individuals that are able to commit a little more time, money and effort to their fitness regimen, Beachbody offers several fitness programs that are much more comprehensive and designed to provide a total body transformation over a 90-day period. This being said, the P90X and Insanity fitness programs are better choices in that they are much more comprehensive and designed to produce even greater health and fitness results.