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  • Actors: Walter Bluhm, Michael Habeck, Billy Blanks
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Ventura Distribution
  • VHS Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S9AJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Feel like the Tae-Bo craze passed you by? Maybe you think you're a little too old or slightly too out of shape for the rock-'em-sock-'em moves of the high-energy aerobics class. Well, Billy Blanks hears you, and he's created a fitness tape just for you: Tae-Bo Gold. While this program says it's geared for the "mature" crowd (which apparently in youth-oriented Los Angeles means those over 40), the easier pace and gentler moves make it appropriate for anyone who doesn't have the stamina for Blanks's other Tae-Bo tapes. There's less hopping from foot to foot and the moves are simpler. And for a refreshing change of pace, the workout class is populated with some folks who are elderly and some who aren't in the peak condition of the exercisers in the other Tae-Bo videos.

But don't let these things make you think you aren't going to get a real workout, because the mixture of boxing punches and martial arts kicks will get the heart rate pumping. Mixing in five tunes from the 1950s and '60s with Blanks's own less-than-wonderful music, this 35-minute video shows modifications for those with less balance or who need to take things slower or just can't quite reach their toes. Blanks, as always, is supportive with constant admonishments to get that glass of water or march in place if you need to. This video does, unfortunately, have some drawbacks, the most notable that it can be difficult to hear Blanks's instruction over the loud music. While the moves do begin slowly, you may wish to do a more complete warm-up before the video. And with all of the Tae-Bo videos, you should first carefully watch the Instructional video, available separately, to learn the proper form for all the moves. But disadvantages aside, Tae-Bo Gold proves you're never too old to get into shape, and this is a terrifically fun workout, for folks of all ages. --Jenny Brown

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
After using the original Tae-Bo (on DVD) for a few months, and doing the Advanced Workout without too much trouble, I decided to buy the "LIVE" tapes for some variety. The Instructional LIVE tape is much better and more detailed than the original version, but the so-called 'Basic' LIVE workout is way too fast and requires more rhythm/coordination than I currently possess. This GOLD tape is much better, because you can follow the moves and go at your own pace -- either slower or faster than Billy. If you're going to buy LIVE, buy GOLD too, and go from the Instuctional LIVE tape to the GOLD and then on to the Basic LIVE. But if you're an older person who's really out of shape or has a lot of physical problems, don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy workout. It's the same thing you've seen on the infomercial at a slightly slower pace. Also, there is no instruction on this tape. You MUST buy an Instructional Tae-Bo tape (either original or LIVE) along with this.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
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I'm in my late thirties and I can't say I'm in very good shape. I was intimated by watching advertisements for the other Tae Bo tapes. No one looked like "me". This tape has real people in it, is simple enough for me to do but still challenging and fun. I wanted something would increase my strengh and muscle tone in addition to giving me a good aerobic workout. This does it. While I can't do all the reps yet, I'm motivated to improve so that I can.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Anne P. Dobson on May 7, 2000
I am new to the world of Tae-Bo and have been working with the "Basic" video for approximately three weeks. I have several health problems which preclude me from doing all the moves on this Basic video 100% (among them neuropathy in both legs which has left me with little balance) and so was interested in the "Tae-Bo Gold" version for "people over 40." (I am 51 years old.) I do enjoy the "Basic" video. It is clean, well-taught, well-paced, and I am getting better at it. When I heard about the "Tae-Bo Gold" video, I believed it would be geared more to my immediate ability and the "come-on" that the music was the "oldies" I remembered gave it added attraction. When I received the video I popped it into the VCR and got ready to "rock." With the first warm-up I felt as though instead of "rockin'" I had had a rock dropped on me. I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the "Tae-Bo Gold" video. It is disjointed, the sound is inconsistent, it is difficult to hear Mr. Blank give directions, the setup for the exercises is too quick giving little time to get into the exercise, the number of repititions is too few, giving no feeling of "working out." I am returning this video and will stick to the "Basic" video and work into getting that video down pat. I can only think that Tae-Bo succumbed to marketing pressure and put out a video that was meant to be a "candy bar" for the elderly. Mr. Blank, I am disappointed.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "kateyskollection" on July 4, 2001
Though initially having qualms about trying this one after attempting with some difficulty the moves on the original Tae Bo tapes (owned by a dance-trained teen in my family), I found this definitely smoother and more do-able. This is NOT just for the "over-40" bunch but also for anyone from beginning to intermediate level who likes variety and/or wants to get an effective workout without feeling intimidated by the longer and/or more difficult tapes. This tape gives you approximately a 35-minute workout including warmup and cool down, and I found the time to go by quickly!

I do recommend getting (or borrowing) the INSTRUCTIONAL video that is sold separately or comes with either the original or LIVE 4-tape series, especially if you are not familiar with TAE BO and have not mastered the moves.

Also, unless you are naturally coordinated and catch on to moves quickly, I feel GOLD is a better tape for the beginner to start with than BASIC. Once GOLD is ma!stered, the 8 MINUTE tape for practice (or when time-limited) and the BASIC are both fine to "add" or grow into as you expand your WILL and make TAE BO at least ONE WAY to accomplish your fitness goals!

The most prevalent complaint I have heard about this tape that SOME experience is a lack of SOUND QUALITY. My tape is SUPERB in both PICTURE and SOUND QUALITY. I have no problem at all hearing Billy and his instructions. I also happen to LOVE the HIGH ENERGY "Billy Blanks theme" music some folks find "not so wonderful. It gets me moving, and that's what counts for me! I also LOVE the addition of 50's and 60's upbeat SOUL MUSIC that appears on this video for an added touch.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2000
I bought the Tae-Bo Gold tape for my 39th birthday. It says it's for the over-40s but I think I'm close enough.
I am quite fit running 3 or 4 times per week and I was a little sceptical when I saw that the running time on the video was only 35 minutes. After I did the tape I still felt that it was not challenging enough since I had no trouble getting through it the first time. However, I really felt my back and my hips the next day - always the sign of a good workout.
I do think that an unfit older person would have trouble with the video as there are a lot of combination kicking and punching moves. As my husband put it - if my 62 year old mother tried this, she'd fall over.
Also it is difficult to hear Billy Blanks at times because the music is very loud. As for Billy himself, he is terrific - very friendly, enthusiastic and motivating without making you feel like you are a failure if you can't do it all.
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