Review michelle mcmanus

Published on December 20th, 2006 | by Matt McAllister

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Michelle McManus – The Lifeplan Workout

Classification: E
Cast: Michelle McManus, Dax Moy
Rating: 3/5

Occasionally a review DVD comes my way that fills me with genuine trepidation. Michelle McManus – The Lifeplan Workout was one such DVD. What on earth did I need with a fitness video featuring super-size Pop Idol has-been Michelle McManus?

Luckily my flatmate had the answer. “You know, you’re getting a bit tubby,” she frowned. “This workout DVD could be exactly what you need.” I looked down at my ever-expanding biscuit-fed belly and had to agree.

And so it was that I improbably found myself embarking on the Michelle McManus fitness programme. Unlike a lot of these self-promoting celebrity workouts (lookout for the Geri Halliwell Workout residing in a bargain bin somewhere near you), McManus at least knows a thing or two about losing weight. Okay, so nobody’s going to accuse the girl of being a stick insect any time soon, but this is somebody who managed to shed over ten stone (down from a colossal 23 stone), which is a pretty impressive feat.

However, it’s worth pointing out that it’s not McManus that’s actually barking the exercise instructions here. Instead, that duty lies with McManus’s relentlessly calm personal trainer – the improbably monikered Dax Moy. Michelle herself looks faintly embarrassed by the whole proceeding and confines herself to the occasional pearl of wisdom (“this exercise is great for big-bottomed girls like myself!”).

To be fair, Moy runs through the workout routines both clearly and safely, and the result is a series of exercises (split into six 15-minute sections) that effectively work every muscle in the body. Some of these feature “props” like medicine balls and dumb-bells, but Moy happily suggests alternatives that work just as well – I found myself launching into a series of punches with a can of tomato soup in my hand, which is a first for me.

For a non fitness junkie like myself, it’s difficult to know exactly what criteria to judge a DVD like this. But the exercises had me aching all over the next day, which is probably a mark of the programme doing some good.

I’m under no illusions – I’m far too lazy to maintain practising these routines every day to experience any noticeable effects. But for anyone who harbours a more motivated resolution to get in shape, then this DVD could be a step in the right direction. Along with the workout routines there’s nutritional advice, and also a Lifeplan booklet which promises to help you achieve your “life goals.” As for me, I’m holding out for a new Lifeplan Workout that involves consuming vast quantities of biscuits.


About the Author

Matt McAllister

I grew up raised on a diet of cheap sci-fi and bad comedies, which soon morphed into a foolish desire to see every movie in the world ever made. It also inspired me to write and direct my own epic movies Plantamania and Devonshire Crocodile which, alas, failed to spark a Nouvelle Vague style film revolution.


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