Kathy Smith - Fat Burning Breakthrough
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The variety, fast pace, and efficiency of this tape make it so attractive. The moves change with each part of the wave, so you don't get bored. Not a minute is wasted: the transitions are very rapid -- so rapid, in fact, that you need to have your dumbbells ready to pick up immediately after the step aerobics. Additionally, the instrumental, non-vocal music has a great, modern beat and is very motivating.
Sometimes Kathy cues a little late, but the choreography is so basic that it's not a problem after you do the workout a few times. Her instruction is pretty business-like and non-chatty, and she whoops only once or twice. I've always liked Kathy; she seems down-to-earth, smart, and sincerely interested in her fans' well-being.
This video is adaptable anywhere from intermediate to advanced levels. The more advanced can use more power moves or add heavier weights during the weight sections. I highly recommend this tape.
Equipment needed: step bench and at least two sets of dumbbells (5 to 15 pounds each depending on your level), plus towel to wipe off all the sweat!
This video is based on a wave concept; in the first wave, your feeling easy as the moves begin to "wake-up" your muscles; the second wave gets you moving a little harder, putting a little more resistance on the muscles, particularly buns and thighs; the third and final wave zeros in, working your heart and muscles, creating a challenge that's sure to break through the toughest plateau.
Also included in the video are two weight lifting segments,which use light weights for sculpting and muscle building. This is great for beginners, but those with more stamina can use heavier weights for terrific results.
I recommend this workout for anyone who needs a challenge in their routine, but also needs fun choreography with hip hop music. It's great!
In the warm up section of the video, you are given a small taste of what's to come. This is a clever and fun warm up exercise that prepares the muscles for a more intense workout.
I love how the video is divided off into 2 18 minute sections of Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3, respectively. You work up to peak fat burning exhausting yourself. Then, as the intensity lowers, so does your heart rate preparing you for some weight lifting to tone those hard to reach areas (underarms)!! The weight lifting segments are excellent and really work!
Finally, the 100 sit ups and back-strengthening exercises are great and have tremendously helped me with back problems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been using this video for years, like over a decade. I had the VHS tape. So I recently upgraded to the DVD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lani girl*
Like workout and DVD had no scratches, etc. But didn't have the usual small book that is helpful. Seemed price was too highPublished 23 months ago by Patricia
This step video is from years ago, but doesn't look outdated like other DVDs I've seen. The outfits are still current and the music is fun. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by J. Smit
It is very hard to catch on to, but once you do it works you out. It's a good short work out if you don't have a lot of time to squeeze in a work out.Published on April 1, 2013 by Kathryn Wright
I've been working out to Kathy since 1988. I've tried many of her work outs over the years. I've tried a variety of others but gravitate back to Kathy Smith every time. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Grandma CC
This is a great DVD for intermediate to advanced
people who exercise. It has both cardio and
strength training and can do it all in 30 minutes. Read more
Oh my goodness this workout is TOUGH. The warm-up alone will get your heart pumping, even if you're a regular exerciser (like me). Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by J. England
I recall when initally started doing step vidoes there was Denise Austin and Kathy Smith. I enjoy Kathy Smith so much more. Read morePublished on December 7, 2007 by N. Kostryk
I do the 18 minute workouts when I short on time and do a short yoga tape (sara ivanhoe). This workout will have you working hard! I sweat with both or just one of the workouts. Read morePublished on November 20, 2007 by M. JPharms