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Reviews

Reviews are based on our Average Joanna’s experience of each video. She is of average fitness, so hopefully her reviews will apply to many people.

Here is a breakdown of each review:

For cardio and toning workouts:

Sweat Level: This is how much Joanna sweated during the workout. More sweat marks equals more sweat. Please bear in mind that in summer she has a fan blowing straight on her, and winters where she is are mild and usually above freezing.

Burn Level: This is how much the moves burn the muscles. More flames equals a more intense burn.

Torture Level: Sort of like burn level, this shows how much Joanna suffers while following the video. This is not just a measure of how much it burns, but also of how difficult the moves are, the combination of moves, and how hard we are pushed to work. More dead faces equals more torture.

Fun Level: Unlike torture level, this is how much Joanna enjoyed following the video. It may be high even if the torture level is high; this is because she’s a masochist, and also because of factors like the variety of moves, enthusiasm of host, uniqueness of video, and quality of music and entertainment. More happy faces equals more fun.

Soreness Level: This is how much soreness the workout caused, as measured the day after the workout was performed. This measure may be skewed if Joanna does several videos in a day; however she will try to relate it to burn and torture level. More ouch faces means she was more sore the next day.

Ease of Following: This rating shows how easy a video is to follow. It includes the host’s clarity, detail in explanation, demonstration of the moves, pacing, and provision of options such as beginners and advanced modifications. More thumbs up means it was easier to follow.

For stretch and Yoga workouts:

Sweat Level: This is how much Joanna sweated during the workout. More sweat marks equals more sweat. Please bear in mind that in summer she has a fan blowing straight on her, and winters are mild and usually above freezing.

Stretch Level: This shows how good of a stretch the video provides. More flames equals a better stretch. Do bear in mind that Joanna is somewhat flexible (thanks to doing gymnastics more than a decade ago), but she will try to keep in mind different levels of flexibility as she develops her ratings.

Challenge Level: This is a measure of how challenging the stretching routine is. It’s not necessarily a measure of how much flexibility is needed (i.e. how much the moves stretch the muscles), but rather how difficult the moves are. More dead faces equals more challenge.

Relaxation Level: Almost in contrast to the challenge level, this is a measure of how good the stretching exercises feel, or in the case of a yoga class, how relaxing the practice is. More happy faces equals more relaxation.

Ease of Following: This rating shows how easy it is to follow. It includes the host’s clarity, detail in explanation, demonstration of the moves, and provision of options such as beginners and advanced modifications. More thumbs up means it was easier to follow.

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