It is real, and it is called "Body Flex." I bought this video and its follow-up, "Body Flex II," because a) they cost a total of $8 on Amazon, and b) there seem to be people living in real-life modern times who swear by this series. Consider this review (from the Amazon link above):
You see results almost every week, guaranteed. (In 1998 I lost an inch or more off my upper abs, lowers abs, waist and hips every week. 4+ inches total every week is an awesome result. I went from a 29 inch waist to a 24 inch waist in just 4 weeks.)
4+ inches every week doesn't seem like "an awesome result" -- it seems frighteningly unhealthy. What about this review:
After 2 pregnancies I got it out and gave it an honest try. I did it 2x per day for 12 weeks and lost a total of 45 inches. I went from a size 24 to a size 16. Unfortunatly [sic] I got pregnant again and had to stop. I gained almost 80 pounds during the last pregnancy, but only went back up to a size 20. I have started again, and I am on my second week and have lost 8 1/2 inches. I have tried everything else, including going to the gym for 2 hours a day, and this has been the only thing that has worked for me.
There are rules associated with the routine -- has to be done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach -- that may have more to do with its efficacy than the exercises themselves. After all, any amount of mild exercise before breaking the fast will jump-start your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. But is this backcombed madwoman really on to something? I suppose I'll have to wake up to her crazy ass and grimace into the mirror every day for a while to find out.
The things I do for you...