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Slim Series Express Exercise Program Review

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Slim Series Express Exercise Program Review

9.19/10

Quick Overview
  • Difficulty
    Advanced
  • Cost
    Low
  • Trial Period
    30 Days

The Slim Series Express fitness program is an extension of the popular Slim in 6 fitness program, and is a collaborative effort between Debbie Siebers and Beachbody.

Debbie Siebers has been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 20 years, having started initially with the Body By Jake programs before working for several reputable fitness clubs.

Debbie originally collaborated with Beachbody to release the Thin Thighs Guaranteed program in 1998, the year that Beachbody was founded as a company.

Since then, Beachbody has produced several popular at-home DVD/VHS-based fitness programs including P90X, Turbo Jam, INSANITY, ChaLean Extreme and the Slim Series, to name a few.

Similar to the other Beachbody fitness programs, the Slim Series Express fitness program is designed to provide you with all of the necessary information, exercise routines and tools needed to safely and effectively lose weight, decrease body fat percentage, improve cardiovascular endurance and increase muscular tone.

The Slim Series Express fitness program is designed as a fitness program that can be performed in under 30 minutes a day. The fitness program targets the entire body and is intended to promote weight loss and a more sculpted overall physique.

The Slim Series Express fitness program combines cardiovascular exercise, light resistance training and stretching routines into a fitness program that is ideal for individuals that are already performing a fitness routine.

Pros

  • Extension Program to the Slim in 6 Fitness Program
  • Total Body Workout Designed for the Beginner and Intermediate Exerciser
  • Excellent Price Point

Cons

  • Additional Support Equipment Necessary
  • May Become Boring if Only Exercise Program

Intent of Fitness Program

The Slim Series Express fitness program is intended to be a more spartan version of the Slim in 6 exercise routine. The Slim Series Express fitness program continues along the same lines as the Slim in 6 program by providing workout routines that are designed to exercise your cardiovascular system.

By doing so, your body will be forced to burn the necessary calories required to perform the Slim Series Express exercise routines and hence, increase your overall daily caloric expenditure. For most individuals, this will promote an effective weight loss regimen that will also tone all major muscle groups.

Since the Slim Series Express fitness program is an extension of the Slim in 6 fitness program, it is not intended as a comprehensive and standalone program. However, for individuals that perform the exercise routines with a moderate level of intensity as scheduled, results similar to those achieved through performing the original Slim in 6 fitness program will be realized.

The Slim Series Express fitness program includes the following:

  • Cardiovascular Core - High Tempo Calorie Burning Workout
  • Cardiovascular Sculpt - Low Resistance Training Workout
  • Cool it Off - Stretching Workout
  • 6 Minute Abs Workout
  • Workout Calendar

Primary Areas Worked

The Slim Series Express fitness program is divided into four programs: a whole body cardiovascular workout, a light resistance body sculpting workout, a stretching workout and an abdominal workout. Each of the four workout programs is designed to target and condition the upper body, lower body and core area. You will perform effective aerobic exercises that are similar to those found in other successful whole body fitness programs.

The cardiovascular core fitness routine is a 35-minute workout program that focuses on elevating your heart rate and exercising all the major muscle groups to promote, through the burning of calories, weight loss and muscular tone. You will perform modified squat movements, high knee with arm extensions, frontal lunges and kickboxing movements to achieve a cardiovascular workout that will also improve your coordination, balance and flexibility.

The cardiovascular sculpting exercise routine includes several of the same exercise movements as the cardiovascular core fitness routine, as well as more traditional exercises like arm flexions and calf flexions. The cardiovascular sculpting exercise routine is best performed with a resistance band or a pair of dumbbells. However, it should be noted that the resistance bands and dumbbells are not included in the Slim Series Express fitness program. While you can perform the exercise routine without the resistance bands and/or dumbbells and simply use your body weight as resistance, it is recommended that you purchase either the resistance bands or a pair of dumbbells to increase the effectiveness of your workout.

The stretching exercise routine is primarily intended as a cool-down workout and is performed immediately after the completion of both the cardiovascular and sculpting workouts. You will perform various stretches ranging from the butterfly stretch to the overhead arm stretch, and slightly more advanced stretches from the plank position. Similar to other stretching routines, the stretching exercises performed within this routine exercise the upper, lower and core sections of your body. It is recommended that you perform the stretching exercise routine after every cardiovascular and sculpting workout to allow your heart rate to slowly return to normal, while stretching your muscle tissue and continuing to promote blood flow to assist in removing any buildup in lactic acid.

The 6-Minute Abs workout is designed to specifically target the abdominal region. The exercises performed under this workout routine are intended to exercise the lower, middle and upper abdominal muscles and the obliques muscles as well. In general, the 6-Minute Abs workout is ideal for reducing excess body weight from the entire core area while improving overall core strength at the same time.

Program Length/Frequency

The Slim Series Express fitness program is intended as a 4- to 6-week long program and begins with 30-minute workout sessions and eventually progresses to workout sessions that are performed for one hour. The exercise routines are to be performed on a schedule of one session per day, six days a week.

The Slim Series Express fitness program includes a workout schedule depicting exactly what workouts you should be performing on which day. In addition, the workout schedule details the progression of the exercise routines in terms of difficulty and duration as you progress through the 4- to 6-week fitness program. The entire fitness program is designed as an at-home DVD-based exercise routine so you can perform the exercises whenever you have time.

Effectiveness/Results of the Program

The Slim Series Express fitness program is a continuation of the Slim in 6 fitness program. The fitness program is designed to promote weight loss, improvements in cardiovascular endurance, increases in muscular strength and tone, and improvements in coordination, balance and flexibility.

Reasonable fitness results include reductions in body weight in the range of 15 to 45 pounds, decreases in body fat percentage on the order of 3% to 8%, and increases in cardiovascular stamina and muscular strength. However, as with any fitness program, your personal fitness results will depend on your adherence to the fitness program, your initial level of fitness, and your dietary routine.

The Slim Series Express fitness program is designed as a total body workout that will exercise all the major muscle groups at a rate that will elevate your heart rate and burn a fairly high number of calories while providing a light strength workout to promote lean muscle mass development.

Equipment/Space Requirements

The Slim Series Express fitness program may require the additional purchase of a pair of dumbbells and/or resistance bands and an exercise mat. The Slim Series Express fitness program is basically a supplemental fitness program designed to support the original Slim in 6 fitness program, so it only contains the actual exercise workouts and a workout calendar. Normal living room space should be sufficient to comfortably complete all of the exercise routines.

Physical Requirements

The Slim Series Express fitness program is most ideal for those who have already completed the Slim in 6 program and are looking for a few extra exercise workouts that will add to their variety. The Slim Series Express fitness program is primarily targeted towards women who want to lose weight and inches off their waist line.

The exercises are not overly strenuous, and the proper techniques are all taught before advancing to the high tempo workout routines. Initially, the program may be difficult for those who suffer from chronic back pain or joint problems of the knee or shoulder.

Support

The Slim Series Express fitness program falls under the Beachbody customer support service system, which includes the following:

  • Extensive customer support FAQ section
  • 24/7 support phone line
  • Online email support
  • Live chat support
  • Online message board

Cost

The Slim Series Express fitness program costs one payment of $ 29.95 plus $ 5.95 for shipping and handling. For this price you get four exercise workouts and a workout schedule.

The Slim Series Express fitness program is essentially an extension of the Slim in 6 fitness program and is ideal for individuals that have completed, and enjoyed, the Slim in 6 fitness program. In addition, The Slim Series Express fitness program is a solid choice for individuals that are looking to begin a fitness program that is not too difficult but still produces results at a fairly rapid rate.

Since the Slim Series Express fitness program does not include any support equipment, it may be necessary that you purchase a pair of dumbbells or resistance bands and a exercise mat. As mentioned earlier, the Slim Series Express fitness program is ideal for those who have already completed the Slim in 6 fitness program and are looking for a few additional exercise routines to add to their workout regimen, or for individuals that are just beginning a workout routine.

Summary

All in all, the Slim Series Express fitness program contains exercise workouts that are effective and produce several benefits in regards to improved health and fitness.

Similar to the Slim in 6 fitness program, the Slim Series Express fitness program produces physical benefits in regards to weight loss, improvements in cardiovascular endurance, lean muscle mass development and strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. The Slim Series Express fitness program promotes these health benefits through four exercise workouts and is designed as an addition to the original Slim in 6 fitness program. Since the Slim Series Express fitness program includes only four exercise workouts, the routines may become boring over the 4- to 6-week workout period.

This being said, it is recommended that you purchase the Slim in 6 fitness program prior to purchasing the Slim Series Express fitness program. An additional approach for individuals that are already performing an exercise routine is to purchase the Slim Series Express fitness program to add an increased level of variety and diversity to their workout.