Parrot Review: YouV2

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I can’t say just how much I appreciate all of my readers and their support.  Except now.  Right now I want to break into your homes, toast all your bread and stuff it back in the bag.  Why?  Because the Parrot has now become the canary in the home fitness mine-shaft by reviewing YouV2, a new program by Beachbody hosted by our old friend, Leondro Carvalho.

Indeed, if you’re familiar with Brazil Butt Lift ( and truly, the Almighty has blessed you if you are not ) then hang onto your loins folks.  Leondro is back and he’s rockin’ it to the oldies.  I would seem the odds of me developing a drinking problem are all but assured.

First things first, this is a beginner workout which means it is not designed for elite athletes who do a Spartan run every month.  The cast reflects this reality so if you’re looking to make a Max 30 hybrid schedule, you might want to leave this one off the list.

What you get

No equipment is needed but more importantly, whats missing is some good 90 proof alcohol to get me though this.  As a crotchety 46 year-old man raised on the unforgiving prairies, you can well imagine how I am not the target demographic for this.

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Me when I was ten.

Move Your Body

Time: 29 minutes

Leo is so happy.  Really, he’s just so staggeringly happy it almost appears to be chemically induced.  Hope you’re ok with that because the that’s what you’ll see throughout this series.

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Dang it, Leondro figured out the child-proof caps again.

Move Your Body is a simple cardio workout which is good because the average cast member must be pushing 280lbs, which again is the intended audience.  Lots of side stepping and arm lifting while keeping pace with what sounds like Latino-style music.  The final tune is apparently a known song but I’d be the last guy to know for sure.  All the moves are then put together loosely into a final dance number.  Kind of like a watered down CIZE only with more seismic activity.

Work it Shake it

Time: 29 minutes

More of the same with stepping and arm motions.  A moment to comment on Beachbody’s dancing lineup.  Dance workouts seem to be a thing these days and I’m not sure what I missed.  With recent offerings such as CIZE, Country Heat, a CIZE expansion pack and now this, I’m seeing a recurring theme.  The main difference here is that Shaun T and Autumndespite my revulsion to some of their styles…are nonetheless incredibly competent at their craft.  Shaun T can tear a dance floor up.  Autumn can glide across a vomit infested roadhouse like an angel.  Leondro however is more like the uncle who assures us that he can dance and then proceeds to stun his audience into silence.

Rock it Out

Time: 28 minutes

The rich well of happiness still overflows from Leo like he’s been hit with a double dose of Joker venom.  Part of me feels that when the camera stops rolling he makes a beeline to the closest English pub to grab a hearty mug to help forget the day.

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Sam's hiding behind the bar getting a Shakeology and hooch ready.

Things are now moving a little quicker.  So much so that the average person would appreciate the cardio activity.  As for me, it’s just another fun day working out with the girls.  Rapid side stepping, kicks and arm movement.  A more fit person could easily modify and increase intensity.

Sculpt Shack

Time: 33 minutes

Today we concentrate on form as Leo cheers us on with his dead eyes of perpetual happiness.  Leg work by means of squat and slide stepping.  Despite my pleas for mercy, “Love Shack” is the first tune for my listening enjoyment.  When it got to the lyrics of, “got me a car, it’s as big as a whale…” I had to pause to regain my composure.  Sorry.

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In all fairness, I'm kind of taking one for the team here.

Sweat Sensation

Time: 27 minutes

Moving to the beat once more but at a more fast pace than previous workouts.  That means the hips move a lot more.  That also means Leo’s hips move a lot more.

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He's a maniac...maniac!!...on the floor!

Believe, Achieve and Tone

Time: 31 minutes

This one’s not bad.  There’s assisted push ups, leg lifts and ab work which add a much needed resistance factor.  No dance number at the end.

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Getting the muscles engaged goes a long way with weight loss.

CONCLUSION

I’m kind of just staring at my keyboard wondering how to put this experience into words.  I mean, the workout is a sound system and it is a great idea for those who are overweight but need to start somewhere.  For that it works, so long as you like dance-style workouts.  So I kind of have to break this down into reviewing both the workout and its trainer.

Leondro is a hell of a nice guy I’m sure, but he lacks a stage presence that comes off naturally.  To me he talks like someone trying to impersonate Pacino with “Say hello to my little friend!”.  After a while it gets somewhat hard to endure. He’s Latino, but I’m sure even Latino’s are wishing he’d dial it back as he drops stereotypes with the efficiency of a Nascar pit crew.

Another factor is that people who act natural don’t have a constant full-on smile unless they’re trying to sell you a timeshare.  Take other trainers for example like Tony Horton or Shaun T.  Quite often they have an intense face and rarely do you see a toothy grin beyond a second or two.  Here it is throughout the full series, every second of it.  To Leondro’s credit, the creepiness factor on display in Brazil Butt Lift has dropped significantly for YouV2, although admittedly it would be hard to surpass it.

Production values are somewhat limited.  The stage is more or less a white background with a big YouV2 logo and not a lot else.  It clearly does not have the budget behind it that bigger players in the Beachbody roster have.

It also seems curiously designed for people who have an odd need for constant affirmation.  Most of the time I had to endure phony pep-talks as to how beautiful and wonderful I am ( hint: I’m neither ).  Leondro loves you after all.  My opinion is cut the bullshit, accept that you need to change, then get to work.  Nobody is a hero for just showing up and Leo is not going to invite you over for diner.

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If Brazil Butt Lift is any indication, pray he never does.

The cast is capable and does its best to represent the audience it is trying to appeal to which is overweight women.  Men will have practically no use for YouV2.  There is no weight training which I guess makes sense given it is based on dance.  Swinging around a dumb-bell hay-maker for 30 minutes is only good for putting holes in the drywall or putting loved ones in a coma.  For obvious reasons the entire series is very low impact as getting fancy with plyo boxes would likely just get someone killed.

Final score for YouV2 is 2.5 feathers out of 5 and even then I’m probably being a bit gracious.  The same reasons I can’t tolerate more than one minute of Chalene is the same reason I have to pass on Leondro…just too much cheerleader antics.  I’m just not sure Leondro is cut out for this line of work unless he can find a way to tone his level-10 cheerfulness down to a more relatable seven.  However, if you are starting from almost zero, like dance workouts and are female needing to loose about 50lbs then maybe YouV2 is for you.  But I must reiterate, I am not the target audience for this and that means for some people this is absolutely going to be the best thing on the planet for them.  But anyone with a basic level of fitness would be much better served elsewhere.

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5.4 Limited Appeal

I beginner workout series that will have very limited appeal to overweight women only. Men will find the frequent cheering and happiness intolerable.

  • Production Values 6
  • Trainer 5
  • Strength 4
  • Cardio 6
  • Music 6

About Author

John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

  • Lesley Hogg

    Whenever I get an email that there has been a new fitness article posted to Dysfunctional Parrot, it instantly makes my day. Shift Shop is out and I’d love to see what you think about that. The nutrition plan is supposed to be integral to the workout program (it’s basically reduce carbs each week and the last week you’re as low carb as possible), so I’d like to hear your opinion on the nutritional side of that program.

    • Shift Shop is next up, followed by Shaun Week. Looking forward to some workouts that have a broader appeal!

      • Lesley Hogg

        Yesssssss!

        Autumn Calabrese is filming a new workout right now (“80 Day Obsession”) that comes out in January. A P90X for the 2010’s? We shall see…

        • Elchupinazo

          If you look at her instagram, it looks like it’s going to be a pilates/barre style workout. Especially since their blog announced it as a program designed to firm up the butt while sculpting the midsection (or however they say it).

          • Lesley Hogg

            I just read the press release on their blog and you’re right. They say it’s marketed to “Women looking to add some curves without bulking up.” Ugh, that’s disappointing. As a woman who knows that “bulking up” isn’t possible unless you take steroids, I think I’ll stick with P90X and Shaun T’s cardio workouts.

          • Elchupinazo

            Yeah, I’m not surprised that they’d jump on the latest fitness trend (and to be sure, both pilates and barre are excellent workouts). But it’s disappointing that, given their stature and the platform they have, they’re still pushing the bogus “women are afraid of weights” narrative.

            I’m surprised they haven’t come out with a program that’s strictly weight lifting but targeted at women, actually. Chalene Extreme isn’t as bad as the rap it gets (imo) and Autumn does good things, but they’re still generic circuit training programs.

      • RC

        Well that was good for a laugh! Now that this is out of the way, looking forward to your Shift Shop, Shaun Week, A Week of Hard Labour and 80day Obsession reviews!

      • Frank Shock

        I enjoyed parts of Shaun week, but other parts seemed easy compared to what I’m used to from him . . .

  • John Robinson

    Though I wouldn’t presume to judge anyone’s personal goals, I’ve been very disappointed with Beachbody since Max 30 (hated Hammer and Chisel, though of course mileage will vary) even their supplemental and media materials seem to have been severely dumbed down. Did they fire all of their staff? They used to be on the absolute cutting edge and the information they provided was second to none. Now, like so many other companies, they seem to have rebooted themselves as a ‘milennial’ company with very little depth, and certainly very little challenge. Their on demand service is of very little value if one already has their older programs. I have passed on everything they’ve released since 2015, and I’ll be passing on this and Shift Shop, too. Even Tony Horton’s new program looks kinda, ‘Meh.’. Yes, very disappointing.

  • Tanya Greco

    To me this was a reboot of Richard Simmons workouts.