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Tae-Bo: Basic and Instructional (Tae-Bo: The Ultimate Total Body Workout for Men & Women) [VHS] (1998)

Billy Blanks  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (841 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Blanks
  • Producers: Seth Ersoff
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Ventura Distribution
  • VHS Release Date: December 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (841 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305242143
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Energizing. Explosive. Powerful. Uplifting. That’s how superstar athletes, Hollywood celebrities and thousands of people just like you from around the world describe Tae-Bo, the hottest workout in America. Personally developed by 7 time World Martial Arts champion Billy Blanks, Tae-Bo blends your own hidden strength with the ancient arts of self-defense, dance, and boxing combined with today’s great music. Tae-Bo is unlike any workout program you’ve ever tried before! See consistent, amazing results from your very first workout as Tae-Bo takes you to your next level of physical fitness.


Billed as the "future of fitness" and hawked by numerous celebrities, Billy Blanks's Tae-Bo actually deserves much of the hype it's receiving. A mixture of boxing punches and martial arts kicks, Tae-Bo is fun and easy. One of the best elements of this two-tape set is that the first tape (which is 40 minutes long), Tae-Bo: Instructional, lays out the movements you need to successfully complete a workout. Once you've mastered the steps, you won't have to fast-forward through half the tape to get to the workout, nor will your workout be slowed down by the repeated lessons. After you feel comfortable with the movements (and they're really quite easy to follow; nothing too complicated to trip you up), you're ready to move on to Tae-Bo: Basics, a 27-minute workout (5 minutes of warm-up, 18 minutes of Tae-Bo, and 4 minutes of cool-down) that will have your heart pounding and your body sweating. The only downside to this tape is the less-than-exciting music. Blanks, a seven-time World Martial Arts champion, is a superb instructor, providing encouragement and careful instruction (if you don't know by the end of the tape to hold in your stomach, that's no one's fault but your own). Not only is Tae-Bo great exercise for all levels, but the punches and kicks are wonderful for working out stress and aggression. This is the aerobics exercise video for people who are bored by aerobics. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Instructional Tape is not meant to be a workout! March 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When ordering this tape, you will want to buy the Basic also. The Instructional tape tells you how to perform the moves. I use the Basic tape and refer to the Instructional whenever I feel I need to improve my form. Taebo is a very fun and effective way to get in shape!
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Help For All Ages January 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am almost 60 years old and never thought that this would be for me. You are never to old to learn,it is great exersize and leaves you feeling wonderful even if you can't kick as high as they do.I may buy the advanced after a few months of limbering up with the basic. I can see improvment in my flexibility after only a week. I find it a great addition to my bowflex routine and my weight watchers diet. 30 lbs off and dropping fast.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this is not a workout folks! February 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
lord have mercy, for all of those of you who say this workout sucks or is not a great workout, hello, this is not meant to be a workout. Do you realize what Instructional means? this is showing you the moves. so please, do not expect a workout with this tape. it is only INSTRUCTING. once you have viewed the moves, then you will realize the rest of the tae bo tapes are worth purchasing.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This instructional video is great! November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have never seen an instructional video as thorough as this. Billy takes the time to explain to you how to properly execute every move. If you are looking for a video to help you get started or if you have a Blanks video and you are not sure if you are executing the moves correctly this is a must have. One thing to point out is this an instructional video and not the actual workout video. Beware you still will work up a sweat!
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerobics for the clumsy March 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I am not an exercise fanatic. I'm not even an exerciser. I don't like being sweaty, I don't like being worn out, and I don't like being around people who do like those things. Plus, I am just not the most physically coordinated person on earth. I remember a soccer game in gym class, my sophomore year in high school, in which I tripped over my own feet four times. Part of that was probably nervousness, but even now, nearly ten years later, I occasionally stumble into a doorway as I'm walking through it, even alone in my own apartment. I could fall down and somehow miss the floor, I'm so clumsy.
You won't believe this--I can do Tae-Bo.
The moves are easy. I mean, E A S Y. It's an incredibly efficient system of very basic punches and kicks that truly do work the entire body. I've been doing the Basic workout now for just under a month, and I can see muscle pairs developing that I have never seen on myself. Not only that, but I can do this workout, every day, in my living room, without tripping myself up. Or knocking anything over. Or even stepping on my cat.
You will get tired, and sweaty, but after all that's the point of an aerobics workout. I find Billy Blanks a lot less annoying than most the people on these kinds of tapes; he has a an engaging presence and takes the workout seriously, but not too seriously. This is the first experience I've had with doing anything athletic where I felt real success, and I recommend it to people whenever the opportunity arises. If you decide to try it, I suspect you will, too.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific workout, but a little outdated... April 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I must say that I love Billy Blanks and his whole program! I bought these tapes and they sat in the shrinkwrap for a year while I was pregnant and on bed rest. Two months after delivering, I pulled them out and popped them into the VCR...WOW! I have done just about every exercise video out there, Jane Fonda, Susan Powter, Reebok, you name it and I have probably tried it. Taebo is terrific, and these tapes were a good introduction to taebo. I used them for 3 weeks to help me get back into the exercise groove. However, I really feel like they do not fully represent the taebo technique. I learned a lot more about correct form when I purchased the "Live" tapes and then started doing taebo tv through my dish. I wouldn't recommend that you buy these particular tapes, but I give taebo and Billy Blanks 5 stars. I have lost 10 pounds and 4 inches since beginning in February. Billy Blanks inspires me to reach within myself and put all my spirit and focus into my workouts. Please, please, do an instructional video first before trying to do the regular workout. If you pay attention and listen to what Billy says, this will keep you from hurting yourself. I have a bad knee that precludes me from doing step aerobics or Jazzercise, but I have never had any trouble with taebo. I am sold on this workout folks!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable October 24, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I'm still in shock about my results from this video. Over a period of 4 months I just about killed myself, but came out on top. The amusing thing is that I didn't really lose any weight (I think I traded fat for muscle) but I went from a size 14 to a size 8 (ladies, all of you know how huge that is). These tapes are gratifying and an incredible workout. That 30 minutes of Tae Bo really shows you what you're made of. Billy Blanks is an excellent instructor and, after a little practice, the moves are not at all complicated. I highly recommend this tape.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic October 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I started doing Tae-Bo almost 2 months ago after not having exercised in 3 years. This exercise works!. Yes, it is difficukt at first but it gets easier. I just added the 8 minute tape to my basic workout and it kicks butt! I really just needed to tone up and I have definitley noticed the difference in my arms and legs and my stomach is getting there as well:). For people that say this tape can cause injury, if you listen, Billy Blanks tells you to go at your own pace, which means you do not have to go as fast, kick or punch as high as the people on the tape. You need to keep in mind that those people have probably been doing this for a long time and it will be a while to get to that level. However, if you keep at it I am sure that most peole will get the results that they need. Keep Tae-Boing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, very pleased.
Published 1 month ago by Kojakone
5.0 out of 5 stars Tae-Bo Basic
I had been looking for this for a long time..It is avery good exersize program.
i am so glad I found it on Amazon.
Published 5 months ago by DONA HAVERTY
4.0 out of 5 stars TEA-BO BASIC
Published 7 months ago by BELINDA CARROLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Tae Bo Revisited 15 years later
I bought this vhs originally in 1998 and used it religiously for 7 years, 3 times a week along with jogging, yoga and Pilates. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kellie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars great video
this video really get you moving and you actually see results if you are consistant and it's fun to do too
Published 9 months ago by blrich5009
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to get on the floor..
I hate floor workouts. Let me say that again...I HATE floor workouts. Billy Blanks gives you the total body workout while you're standing. The minute I hit the floor..I'm done. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MssOctober
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not the same
not a very clear tape very poor quality not like the one I use to have just can't seem to find the same one
Published 11 months ago by Melody Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The VHS that started it all.
I'm so glad I purchased this product! It's been a while since I've worked out to the first Taebo tapes, and now I realize what I missed.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars flashback
ordered this because i remember using it a long time ago. very easy to follow and bets you in shape. wish i could get it on dvd.
Published 13 months ago by awesome_aunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and effective workout
I used this program years ago when it first hit the scene and achieved great results. When I wanted to buy it again, it was unavailable everywhere except on AMAZON.
Published 14 months ago by mbwmaemae
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