Burn Fat and Have Fun! Low Impact, High Results Home Cardio Exercise Video Walk Strong 2.0
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Let’s have a little fun by getting creative with walking-based exercise! We mix up our moves often and do more than just walk to avoid muscle imbalances and joint strain, but walking is always our base move and something you can always return to at any time.
Mix + match these walks into your weekly workout schedule (we recommend alternating them with your favorite strength + flexibility routines 2-4 days/week). Check out our “Walk STRONG: Boost Metabolism + Muscle” and “Walk STRONG: Build Balance + Inner Strength” for some great options! You can also use these workouts in conjunction with our “Walk STRONG: Total Transformation 6 Week System" (also available on Amazon).
WALK #1: STEADY, READY, GO! - The purpose of this low impact, high intensity interval session is to improve your aerobic capacity, fitness level and even boost your metabolism. Our timed intervals are designed to help you challenge yourself without burning out for maximum results + energy. MILEAGE EQUIVALENT: Approx. 2.5 miles
WALK #2: STRIDE AND STEP - We'll focus on adding intensity with a bit of an incline to boost your burn while developing agility, coordination and spatial awareness. And, not to worry, you can still get a great workout without the step - watch our modifier Debbie, age 60, for options as she demonstrates the entire walk on the floor. MILEAGE EQUIVALENT: Approx. 2 miles
WALK #3: HAVE A BALL! - This walk incorporates the use of a small playground ball to increase core muscle recruitment, improve hand-eye coordination and add an extra element of fun. Don't have a ball on hand? Keep an eye on Debbie - she'll be using a hand towel as an alternative option. MILEAGE EQUIVALENT: Approx. 2 miles
About Your Instructor: Jessica Smith has over 15 years of experience as a certified trainer, instructor and wellness coach.
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1. Steady Burn - 2 minutes at a slow pace, 2 minutes at a fast pace, then 1 minute super pace. Equivalent to 2.5 miles. I like that she shows you what the 1 minute intervals will be in the warm up.
2. Step and Stride - she uses a small step with easy moves. She never goes to the front of the step, so if all you have is regular step, you can use it. Equivalent to 2.0 miles.
3. Have a Ball - she uses a kid's plastic ball to work mostly the abs. Equivalent to 2.0 miles.
I'm not sure which workout is my favorite; they're all fun. Jessica works out with her mom, which I think is great. I was using LS videos, but they're pretty much all the same, and I don't like listening to the same conversation 100 times. I had to ramp up the workouts myself to get much out of them. Jessica pretty much sticks to talking about what you need for the workout, and I don't feel like I need to add to it. I already own three of her DVDs and will most likely purchase more.
I would recommend mixing in another type of workout in addition to these. I like to alternate these workouts with some resistance and floor work. But these are great to get some aerobic exercise when it's cold out and you can't make it to a class or a track.
All three workouts include Jessica and her mom Debbie. The background is nice with a bright, home feel. The music is a little low compared to Jessica's talking, but I think its probably hard to balance the sounds without feeling like shes yelling. Most of the music on all three workouts had a beat, no words. I recognized some of the music, but there was alot of new music as well.
At the start of each workout Jessica gives a daily mantra, which I found really cool and inspirational. All the workouts are standing routines (no floor work) with no jumping.
At the bottom right hand corner, there is a 30 minute countdown clock on every workout.
Workout number 1 is called "Steady, Ready, Go!" (31:15 total mins)
*You do not need any equipment for this workout.
*She did about a 3 minute warm up and about a 3 minute cool down with stretching.
*There are 5 different intervals in this workout. Jessica shows us what the different intervals are during the warm up section.
*Although this workout is low impact, she keeps a steady pace for the "steady" portion, then the music beats speeds up more for the "ready" portion, and then an all out "Go" 60 second interval.
*I enjoyed this workout and I love that her mom Debbie seemed more confident and talkative in these workouts, than she has in any of the other DVDs.
Workout number 2 is called "Stride and Step" (29:55 total mins)
*You need a step (no risers) or small square space if you don't have a step.
*She did about a 5 minute warm up and about a 4 minute cool down with stretching.
*She keeps a steady pace the entire top since we use the step for the entire workout. She explains that she purposely did not do fast music or interval type music so we could stay safe using the step. I felt like it was fast enough to get a good fat burn and keep my heart rate up, but not so fast that I would twist my knee or get confused with the steps.
*I love step workouts but I don't feel very coordinated and I don't like high impact exercises. This workout was neither thank goodness! I used a full step no risers, not a half step like Jessica, and it worked fine.
Workout number 3 is called "Have a ball" (32:40 total mins)
*You need a small (non weighted) ball or a hand towel.
*I didn't feel there was a warm up to this workout at all. Although she did say after about 5 minutes that the warm up was over, but I didn't feel there was a music beat difference to it. You start immediately into the workout at a medium pace holding the ball, so I would recommend a quick warm up of your own if you start with this workout.
*You use the ball or towel for the entire workout.
*She does different "coordination series" exercises through out this workout; like a squat/ball chop and jog up/toss the ball in the air/jog back/bounce the ball on the ground.
*This workout was fun and I would highly recommend getting a small ball instead of a towel for this workout. I got a playground ball for $1.00 at my local Dollar Tree store.
I really enjoyed these workouts and can't wait to try her other new "Walk Strong" dvds!!
I had to smile at the reviews that said these DVDs were boring because they are about to kill me. Those folks must be in great shape. I may get to that level too. I'm working on my attitude, but right now I exercise because I have to...not because it is joyful for me. Just being honest. Maybe I will change my mind later and think of these routines as boring and go for more gusto, but right now I'm just trying to get used to them. Jessica and Debbie smile and are so nice about it...bless their hearts. (I'm a hard sell.)
I'll keep working with the program. Jessica's customer service is outstanding. She encourages you to ask questions or send in your comments because she believes in her products. ...and it shows.