Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review of Beachbody 10 Minute Trainer One on One with Tony Horton Plyo Intervals and Friday Night Arms

Bonus Day!

10 Minute Trainer is a 28 day program, but there are also additional workouts you can do with the upgraded DVD package. Those workouts are available on Beachbody On Demand which is uber exciting! My plan was to do the 28 day program and then do three of the upgraded workouts a day on my days that I didn't walk with hubby before work. Today was the first of those days. However, the 10 minute workouts ran about 15 minutes, so I ended up not having enough time to do a third one. I picked Plyo first because I didn't want to dread it coming. I wanted to do it and be done with it. I hate plyo! I picked Friday Night Arms because I love arm workouts and I thought it would be nice to follow up something that I hate with something that I love. 

These workouts weren't what I was expecting. I imagined that they would be done in the same studio as the basic program. I knew it would just be Tony Horton in them, but I thought that it would be similar to the Upper Body workout and the Total Body 2 workout. I thought it would have the same professional filming and editing. I thought it would still have the timer counting down the moves. I was wrong. 

These were filmed in what I assume is Tony's personal workout room.There was what appeared to be one camera person. Tony would talk to him every so often and he would talk to Tony as well. He showed up in the workouts a couple times when he went by a mirror. There wasn't at timer on the screen. Tony had a stop watch that he kept resetting for each move. That meant that I had no idea how much time was left per move and I had to keep track of how many moves we had done in order to have a guess about how much longer the workout would last. That was a bit annoying and it made the workouts seem incredibly long. I also wasn't expecting these workouts to be as hard as they were! Wowzers!

Plyo Intervals

Plyo Intervals was crazy hard! OMG. This followed the same 10 moves in 10 minutes format, but the rests between the moves must have been longer or he was bad at keeping time because this workout was 15 minutes long. 

One Legged Speed Squats

We had our weight on one leg and the other foot was just resting down with the toe. For 15 seconds, we just dd squats like that. Then we did another 15 seconds jumping up out of the squats. This was a killer first move. My legs were toast after it and it was the first move!

Plyo Lunges 3 Speeds

We started out with just stepping back into lunges for 20 seconds. The next 20 seconds, we added a skip between them. The last 20 seconds, we had our hands up in the air and made the skip a little bigger. These are Plyo lunges I can actually do without blowing out a knee. I didn't realize how many version of Plyo Lunges existed. I thought the only kind was the type we did in Les Mills Combat. Those are the ones where your back foot and front foot switch at the same time. So imagine being in lunge position. You then take your back foot and move it to the front and your front foot goes to the back. Those are killer on my knees. In 21 Day Fix Extreme, we held a lunge position and then just jumped up doing it. In this, we did rear lunges with a little skip in the middle. Interesting stuff!

Wacky Tires 

for 20 seconds, we basically did side knee lifts while bringing our arms down to the side. After 20 seconds, we added a skip so we sort of hopped on the plant foot. After 20 more seconds, we basically ran in placed with high knees out to the side while our arms stayed up and we did like oblique crunches while still standing. It's so hard to explain, but the name Wacky Tires is appropriate. 

Traveling Leap Frog Squats

We got down into a sumo squat and hopped forward until we ran out of room. We dd it fairly slow to start. Then we went backwards. After 20 seconds, we touched the floor after each hop. After 20 more seconds, we touched the floor after each hop and then put our arms up in the air as we hopped. 


We started out just doing narrow squats while touching the floor and then raising our arms up over our heads. Then after 20 seconds, we added a jump as we came out of the squat. The last 20 seconds was crazy. We did jump knee tuck and put our arms up over when we landed and brought them to our knees as we landed.

Flying Lateral Lunges

We did alternating lateral lunges and touched the floor. We just stepped these and met our feet in the middle for 20 seconds. The second 20 seconds we went faster and had a bit of a skip in the middle. He did say that we didn't have to touch the floor, but I tried to do that every time. The last 20 seconds was faster and the leg lunging out came up into a knee raise as we went into the l lunge.

180 Flying Frog Squats

We got down into a sumo squat and then stepped around so we faced the other wall. We started out pretty slow for 20 seconds. The second 20 seconds we jumped around and paused between them. The last 20 seconds involved touching the floor as we squatted and raising our arms in the air as we jumped. 

Jump Rope

This started off pretty slow and we just sort of hopped on one foot and then the other. After 20 seconds, we jumped up with both feet at the same time. The last 20 seconds we jumped higher and did double arms. This was weird for me. It's really weird listening to Tony breathe really heavy while I'm typing this.

Single Leg Lateral Jump

He didn't give this one a name. He put discs down on the floor and jumped from one to the other. He landed on one leg and touched the floor with one hand. Every 20 seconds, we moved faster. My balance was an issue for this one, but I got through it. My legs were pretty much toast after this one. It was the last move though. YAY!

Friday Night Arms

This was the same concept as the Plyo Intervals. We were in Tony's workout room with the cameraman. He used three different resistance bands in this. They were different tensions. I just had the one so I used it. Some of the moves meant I had to modify my position so I was lower to the ground so I could finish the move.

Bicep Curls 

We did these on one foot. We did 8 normal ones out in front and then 8 with our arms going out to the side. We alternated every 8. I think he kept the same foot as the plant leg the whole time. I didn't hear him say something about switching so I kept the same plant leg. These weren't bad, but it was the first move!


We had one foot forward and the band was under the other foot. We did tricep extensions. We did 8 reps like that. Then we stepped through so the band was under the front foot and did tricep kickbacks. We alternated every 8. I didn't notice him changing which foot had the band under it. These are hard for me because the tension on the throws is good, but not for the kickbacks.

Forearm Curls

We had the band under one foot and the other was up on the toe so we were balancing on one foot pretty much. We put our elbows a 90 degree angle in front of us and did wrist curls. After 8, we put our arms out to the side and did the same thing. Every 8 we alternated. He changed up his feet to show how to make it harder.

Police Curls 

We had our feet hip width apart and did 4 police curls on one side and then 4 on the other. These are like concentration curls, but you're standing up. I'm not sure why they're called Police Curls though. I do like these because they are different than normal curls.

Lawn Mower Kickbacks

So we were in a lunge position with the band under the front foot. We held the band about 6 inches or so from our foot. We pulled and then flipped back into a tricep kickback. After 30 seconds, we swapped to the other side. These were a bit awkward for me. 

Flip Grip Forearm Blaster

More wrist curls! We had the bands under both feet again and we did wrist curls with our palms up. After 8 we flipped our wrists over so palms were down. Every 8 we switched. These got hard. I don't work my forearms very often! 

21s with the Band

The band was under both feet again. We did bicep curls. The first 20 seconds was half range of motion on the bottom. The second 20 seconds was half range of motion at the top. The final 20 seconds was full range curls. 

Front Back Triceps

We had the band under one foo. We did tricep extensions for 8 reps. Then we put the band in front and did a similar motion for 8 reps. I don't know what to call it. It basically looked like a windshield wiper move. We did each arm for 30 seconds. This was interesting. I've never done this type of move before. In the back, the wrist was up. In the front, the wrist was down.

Straight Arm Forearm Blaster

We held our arms out straight in front. The band was under one foot. We did wrist curls again with the wrists down. After 8 reps we put our arms out to the side and turned the wrists up. This move was torture! I ended up getting down on my knees because I needed less resistance. Tony got a little crazy doing this move. He got giddy and was laughing this really weird laugh. He was pretty dramatic after every move, but this was one was the worst.

Curls, Throws, Wrist Curls

We had the band under both feet. We did 20 seconds of bicep curls with both arms at the same time. Then 20 seconds of Throws with both arms at the same time. We popped one foot forward and left the back foot stepping on the band. The final 20 seconds was more wrist curls. By this time, my forearms were killing me since they rarely do anything, but got a lot of action today. After this move, the cameraman told Tony he was being dramatic. 

I wasn't able to do a third workout because I ran out of time. I guess this is going to take three days to get through instead of my original plan of two days. I'll do two more on Friday and probably do the last two on Saturday. It depends on how things go. 

Polar M400 Screen Shot

Here are the screen shots for the workout. I was pretty much all over the place, but I didn't lose the connection. 

Want to learn more? Watch the video!

If you want to learn more about the program, check out the video. If you decide you want to buy it, make sure you buy it from a Beachbody Coach so you get the free workout that comes with it. If you don't have a coach, you can get it from me. You can do the program for free if you sign up for the free trial of the Club Membership at Team Beachbody. With the trial, you get 30 days access to all of the workout programs in the Member Library of On Demand. 10 Minute Trainer is one of the programs and since it's a 4 week program, you can complete the program before the trial is complete.


  1. Oh my god, those exercises sound tortuous! I am way impressed. That much flying, squatting, jumping, leaping, curling and blasting and I'd be puking!

    1. If it had been more than 10 minutes, I probably would have been puking too. I hate Plyo! I do it because it seems like the Beachbody trainers love plyo, but I'm not fond of it that's for sure!

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