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Dust Off the DVD Challenge

Thursday, February 18, 2021

I had a team challenge today to find an old exercise routine or DVD and give it a fresh whirl during the current lockdown. There can only be one place to start if I'm going retro....

Ah, Cindy Crawford. The person whose body I was meant to have if God hadn't given me little legs.

Many, many moons ago I used to exercise along to a Cindy Crawford VHS. That VHS is lost in the annals of time but I remember she had a trainer with her called Radhu and the whole thing was filmed in glorious swirling shots of New York rooftops and Santa Monica Beach. I was there with you, Cindy; my little legs not quite making the high kicks but somehow you made me feel beautiful in my own way.

I don't know whether that original Cindy VHS made it onto DVD format but Cindy Crawford also released one called 'A New Dimension'(1999), which she made after having a baby. Now I bought this - not because I'd recently given birth, my kids were then in their teens but because I'd had a raft of abdominal surgery and I felt that its graded exercise routine would get me back into moving again.

There are three routines -12; 16 and 41 mins - of increasing difficulty and the aim is do the easiest one regularly until you can build up to #2 and so on. The trainer alongside Cindy has experienced being a mum herself so the exercises are graded to cater for weakened abdominals and pelvic floor.

It must be 17 years now since this DVD first came off the shelf but, at the time, I used sections 1 and 2 quite often. Coming back to it, there ARE lunges which my older knees aren't keen on and I feel that you are not given sufficient time to get into the right position on the floor etc...but that could be down to me, slowing up a bit.

Visually though, the whole thing has the old Cindy magic... lovely locations; beautiful interspersed shots of her with her baby - who must be a teen now. My own children are having their children - I feel I may pass this DVD on...but not before I have a go to see if I can build up to the 41 minute routine first.
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