Billy Blanks: This Is Tae Bo
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This is the definitive Tae Bo® workout. It brings you the best overall body workout combining cardio, sculpting and ab training for maximum fat burning. You will shed pounds, lose inches and shape your body like never before. Not to mention, you will change the way you think about fitness forever. Known for his amazing ability to motivate, Billy is your coach. He and the crew are with you step by step, as you change your life, one kick and punch at a time. The DVD includes an intense 1 hour workout that will blast away excess weight and lose inches. In addition to the workout is a Tae Bo basics tutorial where Billy will teach you proper form on the basic moves and get you started on your journey to a better, healthier body.
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The whole video is positive and fun. I came to this after Jillian videos, and still found this to be a great workout.
You will need something else for real strength training for your upper body, but this video is great for cardio, balance, and for a core workout, without having to do floor exercises.
I have had knee/shoulder problems with other videos, but I have not had any trouble with this video.
I highly recommend it & it has been in frequent use for about 8 months now.
Stats: I've been weight training and running for a few years now. I'm 46 years old -- just turned in January. I have no readily apparent health problems. Presently, I weight train twice a week with a trainer and those workout include 45-50 minutes of weights and another 40 minutes of cardio. I also run or do some other form of cardio on my own 2-3 times a week.
I recently had to ease up on the running and was looking for something less abusive of the body. And I remembered how much I used to enjoy TaeBo. I ordered "This is TaeBo," "Ripped Extreme" and "Cardio Explosion." This review concerns only This is TaeBo.
To me, this is NOT a workout for beginners, as some of the other posts say. This workout kicks my ass, and I get similar calorie burn numbers as I get from a 3-mile run, which takes me about 47 minutes with warm up and cool down (I'm slow!). This might be easy for people who regularly do other TaeBo workouts, but this is a different kind of cardio from running and walking, so it can still be great for people, like me, who do that. I like that it doesn't have any floor work, and I like that it is virtually non-stop. There are slower parts where the moves are demonstrated, then burst of speed and power. For me, these were welcomed breaks and did nothing to break my stride or interrupt my flow. When I workout, even on my own, I go full on, all the time. Because of that, even during the shorter periods of slower activity, my heart racing and I was sweating balls. In fact, I started sweating about seven minutes in and never stopped.
As to the video itself, I agree with everyone else that the counting is annoying as all hell, and I absolutely DESPISE Shelly, the blond woman who counts the loudest, shouts "Woo-sah," or some such other nonsense, inadvertently and for no apparent reason, or shouts "Fire! Fire!" If I could edit her out of the video, I would've done it after the first time I watched it.
That said, if you can ignore her -- which I grant you will take a large amount of will -- I think this video is a great buy.