Okay, I admit it, I’m a sucker for programs like this one. After hearing the name: ‘The Ultimate Leg, Butt, Hip & Thigh Makeover’ (emphasis: my own 🙂 ), I just had to see what this one was all about. If there’s such a thing as an ultimate exercise makeover program, I want to be doing it!
I thought I’d write about my experiences with this program for you all to read about it.
Not only can the product name get confusing (is it leg, hip, butt and thigh? butt, thigh, hip and leg? …did I get all of the relevant body parts there? Did I get the order right? Either way, you get the drift…) but there are actually two versions of this same product on the market – an ebook version and a DVD version (which I will discuss).
For the ebook version which is still available online, check out my Lower Body Makeover review to see what I thought of it. The DVD version is the one I’ll be talking about in this post. I’ll also let you know why I like this program, as well as what to expect if you chose to get yourself a copy of the DVDs.
But first things first..
What is it?
Well, the name does give some clue what it’s supposed to do, but “The Ultimate Leg, But, Hip and Thigh Makeover” (ULBHTM for short) is a home exercise program aimed mostly at women, which is designed to improve the appearance of your lower body. Stick with it, put in the hard work, and you’ll get a full lower body makeover.
This program was created by Joey Atlas – personal trainer and qualified professional in the fitness industry, who holds both a Degree in Exercise Science and a Masters in Exercise Physiology. Joey is starting to gain some publicity through a few products he has created: Truth About Cellulite, and the ULBHTM/Lower Body Makeover.
Two Different Versions
I think I first came across the ULBHTM program on Amazon, but with a bit of research also found the Lower Body Makeover website. I wondered what the difference between these two products were. Here’s what I’ve found out:
- The Ultimate Leg, But, Hip and Thigh Makeover (Original version released)
- DVD product (2 DVDs)
- Available on Amazon for $30.99 – $33.97
Joey must have repackaged the product at some point, because the current version is now commonly referred to as the Ultimate Lower Body Makeover (I guess the original name proved to just be a bit wordy for some), though it still has the original title of the ULBHTM. Both versions cover largely the same exercises, with a few extra ones thrown into the ebook version.
- The Ultimate Lower Body Makeover (Current version available)
- Ebook product, plus bonuses
- A few additional exercises
- Available on the lower body makeover website for $39.97
What the Reviews Say
The DVD version which this post is about has a fair few Amazon reviews, having a four star rating overall.
There are some good reviews, with many quite pleased that the product does actually work. Most complaints were to do with the poor production quality (which I’ll touch on in a minute).
Amusingly, one of the 5 star ratings is actually from Joey Atlas’s wife Jeri-Jo, which makes me question how many of the other positive reviews are authentic.
So when I got my copy of the DVD program, I was expecting the worst, but in fact I was pleasantly surprised at the exercises taught (even finding some new ones I hadn’t come across before) and found them to be a little challenging, though not extremely difficult. This review probably sums it up best:
I loved the emphasis that Joey placed on performing the exercises slow and controlled, and this is exactly the reason why I could really feel them working. He also gave some good tips on form, and encourages the viewer to do what they can and step it up from there.
Okay, So What Does it Really Look Like?
You get 2 DVD’s with your purchase:
- DVD1 : Level 1 exercises
(approx 30 mins)
- DVD2: Level 2 exercises
(approx 30 mins)
Each DVD is approximately 30 minutes, but designed to be instructional rather than a direct follow-along.
By this I mean that Joey shows and explains how to do the exercises, but does a random amount of repetitions on each side and of each exercise – leaving it up to you to pause the DVD at multiple points and complete the number of reps that you need to do before you unpause to go to the next exercise.
Production is very budget
It’s low-grade, but the workout itself is effective. I’m pretty sure I heard a few cars and motorcycles driving past the filming location in the background; I don’t mean to poo-poo their production, but I want you to understand what you are getting.
Here is an example of what you can expect to see:
You can read more about the program itself in my review of the Lower Body Makeover review.
How long does it take?
Joey suggests to workout between 2-3 times per week with 1-2 days between workouts to allow for your muscles to recover.
It’s hard to say how long each workout would take as you will increase the number of repetitions based on your level of fitness, but anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour is my best guess.
I actually did both Level 1 and Level 2 workouts back-to-back (which is a Level 3 workout), but Joey suggests that as you get even more advanced you can do even more. This would of course increase the amount of time you need to spend doing the exercises. Personally, I’d be more inclined to make it more difficult by adding resistance using either ankle weights or resistance bands, and trying to keep the workout shorter.
My Overall Rating of The Ultimate Leg, Butt, Hip and Thigh Makeover Program
I enjoyed the exercises and program, and may even try sticking with this one for a few weeks. It was not too challenging for me, but it could be great for beginners.
Being bodyweight exercises, these aren’t going to bulk up your legs, but will help maintain a nice tone and firm things up around there. Weight loss is also a pleasant side effect.
Not a bad purchase if you don’t have high expectations in the product presentation area, and it’s something you’ll definitely feel the next day!