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on January 25, 2012
I was stuck between a 3 and a 4 so I decided to round down.
I'll go workout by workout for clarity's sake.
Surprisingly, the 1 mile workout, I feel, was the best one. It was 15 minutes long and begins with a moderately-paced warm-up with one of my all-time favorite Leslie Sansone songs. Even in this warm-up, she has on 1-lb hand weights. A little more than 4 minutes in, it speeds up to another common song that she uses in the first mile of her 5-mile Fat-Burning walk. She uses the basic combination of side-steps (no doubles in this one), kicks and knee-lifts. The last 5 minutes ends with another song from the 4th mile of her 5-mile Fat-Burning walk that is a tad quicker and at that point, Leslie adds in a pair of 2-lb. wrist weights to make a total of 3-lbs. on each arm. The cool-down goes back to the mellow song that the walk starts with and it is only about a minute-and-a-half. Leslie does a very quick stretch (literally a few seconds) and the workout ends. Leslie is less chatty than normal on this one.
The reason that I call this mile the best one is because it follows a format that I wish Leslie would follow in all her videos. Instead of slowing down before the mile is complete (like she usually does), she carries out the fast pace through the end of the mile and then slower cool-down pace doesn't come in until the mile is complete.
On to the 2 mile workout...the warm-up stars with Leslie using the 2-lb hand weights. She goes over the basic steps and lets us know that this mile is going to offer a 15 minute mile pace. After that, Leslie speeds up with another song from the 5-mile Fat-Burning workout and almost immediately integrates the weights with overhead presses. Throughout the rest of the 1st mile, she does moves like kickbacks with a bicep curl and knee-lift series (single and double), double side-steps and "power kicks". She repeats that you can always put the weights down if they are too much.
The second mile begins with a song she uses in other videos to do boosted walking, although she does not boost on this workout. She presents other moves like "tap-outs" and bicep curls that extend into triceps kickbacks. She also notes that it is okay to slide the weights onto the forearms to give the hands a break from gripping. At the second song (my second all-time LS favorite), she takes off the 2-lb. weights and switches to 1-lb weights but notes that you can totally eradicate the use of the weights at the point if you wish. She introduces the grapevine into this section. She ends the workout with a much slower song, taking the weights away but pretty much keeping with the standard moves. She also takes the time to let the audience know that if they're fat, not to feel bad because technology helped facilitate it and to not skip meals. A little more chatty in this one. A two minute extra slow pace officially ends the 2-mile walk at around 32 minutes and then she walks a little more before the stretch.
I feel the disadvantage to this workout is the fact that it slows down so noticeably before the 2 mile mark is reached.
Lastly, the 3-mile walk...this one started out okay. She started with the 1-lb weights throughout the warm-up and lets us know the weights won't be used throughout the whole thing because it's a long workout and she wants to avoid overuse. Again, this begins with the standard at-home walking moves. She again speeds it up with a few songs from her 5-mile Fat-Burning walk (my third all-time LS favorite is the third song of the first mile) and uses moves such as the traveling side-steps and kickbacks with overhead press. The first mile is about 15:30 (although it doesn't seem like it).
In the second mile, she switches to 2-lb hand weights. The music is more brisk. She continues with the standard overhead press and kickback/bicep curl combo. Then a gospel-type song plays that is very brisk and kind of delightful. Unfortunately, that was the climax of this workout. After that, she turns to her "boosted" walking song from the 5-mile Fat-Burning walk. She does do a move where she is walking while doing chest presses and eventually boosts for a few seconds.
The last mile, she appears with 3-lbs. worth of hand weights on each arm. The music gets so slow, it's intolerable. Then, after about a minute-and-a-half, it speeds up to that dreadful "Everybody" song from 4 Fast Miles. As an aside, I can't stand that song. But, if that wasn't bad enough, every minute-and-a-half the song changes and it is a total motivation killer. I think her aim was to alternate slower songs with not as slow songs but it totally bored me to no end. I was at the point where I was wondering when it would end. This cycle goes on for about 6 or 7 songs and then she finally drifts on into the cool down. At least she ends this workout with my first all-time favorite LS song.
I felt this workout was unfortunate because up through the gospel-style song, she was on track for a good workout. Even the boosted walking song was okay but that stunt she pulled in the last mile with the bipolar DJ mix was where she went wrong for me. She does do a more substantial stretch in this one than the other two.
A plus to this overall DVD is that all workouts have a music-only option. I would probably recommend doing a hybrid of all three workouts to get the most bang for your buck. Start out with the one mile, before the cool down switch to the second mile of the three mile walk and finish with the last mile of the two mile walk.