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Basic Training with Ada: Low Impact & Strength Training Workout (2009)

Ada Jancwicz , Rob Hearn  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ada Jancwicz
  • Directors: Rob Hearn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Gilad Productions LTD
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The undisputed superstar of the bend-and-stretch set are the Janklowiczs. --Sports Illustrated Magazine

Product Description

Basic Training "The Workout"<b/> is a 60 minute low-impact aerobic and strength training workout, set on an action packed airstrip in Hawaii. It is based on the successful ESPN exercise program Basic Training The Workout.

Your host Ada Janklowicz uses her extensive background in fitness dance and military techniques to bring you a training program that helps:

1. Maximize Fat Burning
2. Increase Strength
3. Improve Flexibility

The workout is basic and easy to follow. Beginners will be expertly guided. Advanced will be challenged.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites January 1, 2009
By beamcq
This is an older workout, from the early 1990's, but it doesn't seem dated. I've had the VHS tape for years and was glad to finally get it on DVD. The DVD is chaptered. I like the aerobics section best, it has basic choreography and is low impact, but delivers a very solid workout. It's about 30 minutes long (including warm-up) and the time flies by. I wish Ada had made more workouts like this, it's one of my favorites that I always come back to.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate her! June 17, 2009
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[Always consult a physician before starting any exercise routine]
Simply, it has been said that if you 'hate' your workout instructor by the end of the first week - it is a good workout. By the end of the first week I 'hated' Ada. As others noted this is an older 'from VHS' conversion. That does not make it less effective. My primary interest is a cardio/aerobic workout that is 'low impact'.
It is neatly divided into chapter sections.

Three weaknesses in this routine.
First, there is no pre-warm up stretching.
Second, the transition from aerobic to strength training is very short - I pause it here to take a moment to slow the heart rate a little more than she gives time for.
Third, some of the transitions in the stretching portion are quick and do not give time for an adequate stretch. It seems like they were trying to get in a 'one-hour' workout so they sacrificed some time stretching to do it.

This is a good cardio/aerobic exercise video with some weight training - it won't make anyone 'Charles Atlas' but it does provide a decent cardio maintenance routine with the ability to challenge one's self and improve.

The best recommendation I can make is simply - by following the routine every other day [after consulting my physician] - it has lowered my blood pressure [taken daily] and increased everyday stamina.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Basic Training with Ada: Low Impact & Strength Training Workout

I first found this workout on VHS about 18 years ago when stationed in Hawaii [Husband is a 1st Sgt. US Army] It was filmed on the airfield where he worked. Absolutely brillant and addictive routine. It is a Moderate to difficult workout, depending on your aerobic fitness level. She uses repetitive reminders about the most important points in any workout, i.e... knees bent, go at your own pace, if you are having difficulty breathing or can't quite get the foot work, come back to the default marching position until you've recovered.

This is a low impact workout [one foot is always on the gorund] however, it should not be and is not "too easy," especially when you first begin. Some of the moves can be confusing, just don't get discouraged, she'll talk you through it.

The things that set this workout apart from others is what stays with you. If you stick with this, the lessons go beyond fitness. It will be ingrained and beocme second nature NEVER use your back, never lock your knees, always bend knees and use the strength from legs and arms when lifting heavy objects, walking on the treadmill, etc.

This is a routine that you'll reach for day after day. I looked all over for it locally on DVD for the past ten years with no luck. When I saw it on Amazon, I knew I had to have it but the cover was different so I held my breath until it arrived. It is the same timeless workout I stumbled upon almost 20 years ago. I was lucky to have found this, as so many work out videos get old fast, or you're distracted by personalities, too easy or is too ridiculously hard to follow. This work out does not get old. You will burn and learn!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Workout Video February 14, 2012
By Cat
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Buy this one if you truly want to change your body. It will help you loose inches and change the way your clothes fit. It is work, but it is worth it. Stick with it for 6 weeks, working out 5 days a week and you will have results. I've bought many workout videos and this is the only one that gives you a long, lean body!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite workout from the 90s September 10, 2011
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Back in the 90s, I loved doing this workout every morning when it aired on ESPN! Through the years, I kept hoping Ada's show would turn up on ESPN Classic...unfortunately no. When I found this video on Amazon, I knew I had to have it. What I love about Ada's workouts are the effective moves without all the fancy choreography. A little disappointed with this workout as a whole, though, especially the stretching which feels rushed. Not a display of Ada's best workout but still good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OLDIE BUT GOODIE October 12, 2009
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This is an older workout from the early 1990's. I remember watching her workout show on ESPN. Just because it is old, does not mean it's not an effective workout. There is a good warm up,a low impact aerobic section, a separate toning section,followed by a complete cool-down. Total body workout!
I love the aerobic section, easy moves that get your heart rate up. I love the fact that it is on a military base with Marines working out with you. That makes it different from other workouts! This is just a good one to have! Loved it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this one! February 24, 2009
This is my favorite work out of all time! Very effective! I like that it is low impact, yet it really raises your heart rate! Hoping for more Basic Training workouts to become available on dvd.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good low impact DVD
I have used Bodies in Motion in the past and thought I would try this Basic Training Workout. It is choreographed for a beginner, but is still challenging for intermediate... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SWinkler
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Fit
Enjoyed this exercise show when it was on TV. This dvd does not disappoint, although I wish there were more Basic Training videos available.
Published 2 months ago by Lenore M. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Ada is a great trainer
The video is broken up into easy to navigate sections. Do as much or as little as you want. I like this in my rotation of videos. Feel like I am much stronger aster every use.
Published 3 months ago by Ann Stern
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted.
Excellent aerobics section 32 minutes long. Very few lame spaces in the run. The strength section is demanding as well. Only regret aerobic section is not a little longer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon J Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Of A Gentle Out Of Breath
I'm 27 years old
5'4 and in between 164-3 pounds and was able to complete this 60-minute workout. Read more
Published 6 months ago by FashionQueen86
5.0 out of 5 stars Ada Janklowicz Basic Training video
Even after all these years I still think that it is the best workout around along with Jane Fonda's original workout routine. Wish they would sell them in DVD. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lourdes I. Crohare
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Janclowicz for getting into shape!
Though I like her brother Gilad and his training DVDs and TV shows, Ada has got to be the most instructive and fun trainers out there! How I wish she would put out even more DVDs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Disneymarvel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I have always liked the Janklowicz and Ada is no monkey business. I had to stop my exercise after years of training and knew this was the only way back!
Published 16 months ago by M.Seastead Gaines
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but Not Monotonous
Lively tape that while dated and a little over the top with the circulating military helicopters, I don't get tired of the catchy music and the mostly clear instructions. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MDTraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Overall Body workout - cardio + strength
I have followed Ada and Gilad since the 80's. This workout is set on an army base with service people and easy to follow, fun and a great overall workout. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Takao
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