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Somewhat disappointed in this DVD
on April 3, 2009
I have been "walking with Leslie" for about 8 years now and have several of her videos/dvd's. Although this is one of my favorites because of the shorter time it takes to walk 5 Miles and the higher calorie burn, I can't help but be disappointed with the format somewhat. Like I said, the positives are that doing 5 Miles in about 60 minutes is great, and the calorie burn is very high for me. That I really like!! What disappoints me is a couple of things. The first and foremost is the incessant chatter. I wished she'd given the option of hearing the music only like on her more recent 4 Mile Walk DVD. I have remedied that somewhat by muting her, and instead listening to my PraiseWalk/PraiseWorkout CD's. The CD's last about the same amount as the walk and has a warm-up and cool down section. You can only listen to her repetiveness so much and then it starts to grate on my nerves way too early in the morning! The second thing is that it's obvious that the miles are not done continuously as in one workout. So with each "new mile" that is started, she starts out slower and then picks up speed. That interrupts the flow if you intend on doing more than 1 Mile at a time. Since each mile is ended with the 2 minute Boosted Walking, I have to make an extra effort to keep at that pace in order to keep my heart rate up. I'm doing the entire 5 miles because then I know my workout is done for the day if I want it to be. I love Leslie but I think she could have formatted this to be better than it is. But even my disappointment is not enough to stop me from walking with her! I'll get used to the things I don't like about it and keep at it!