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Kathy Smith - Power Step Workout VHS
"It's fun, it's exciting, you burn lots of calories and fat, and you tone your hips and legs," Kathy Smith says about aerobic stepping. This workout uses "power stepping," adding jumping and hopping to the regular low-impact step aerobics. You can do the workout without the power moves if you're a beginner, or add in some of the power moves appropriate to your fitness level, or--if you're advanced--use all the power moves for a high-intensity workout. Smith teaches a solid 8-minute warm-up plus three 12-minute aerobic segments, each progressing in difficulty, ending with a 5-minute cool down and stretch. Depending on your time and ability, you can do one, two, or all three aerobic segments. Her assistants demonstrate varying intensities and modifications, so you always have someone to follow, whatever your level. The moves are more athletic than dancey; even in the most difficult segment, there's no super-complex choreography. This is a versatile workout that you can instantly adapt to your own level. It is especially appropriate if you have roommates or family members of different fitness levels who want to do the same workout. --Joan Price
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This step workout still makes me sweat and my heart beat fast enough for a good aerobic workout, even after working out six times a week for months. The music is innocuous enough that it's not annoying, even though I do the workout about twice a week (I rotate four workout videos). Kathy has a few annoying whoops, but not enough to irritate me. I like that she has you take your pulse twice during the workout, to make sure you're working at your target heartrate. The workout is about 45 minutes long without the cooldown (I confess that I skip it and just walk around for a few minutes instead)
I love the fact that the video is broken up into distinctive sections for beginners, intermediate or advanced students. She gives everyone ample time to prepare for the next section, and she takes appropriate heart-rate checks in between.
The thing that kept me from giving it 5-stars is that it's obvious this wasn't filmed in one take - and unfortunately, whoever was editing it didn't get it exactly right. At different angles (obviously "take-2" or something) every so often, the folks on the tape are a second or two off. Also, there is one person who always seems about a beat behind everyone else, so everytime the camera cuts to her, it can be just a little confusing. Nothing terrible, but kind of annoying the first couple times I did the tape and I couldn't figure out what was wrong, I was just finding myself a beat ahead/behind everyone.
This video, in particular, is my favorite. When I am up for a great workout I pop "Power Step Workout" in my VCR. All three sections keep my heart rate up, and the combinations are challenging, but very easy to learn if you are a beginner. I especially like that there is the option for really increasing your workout's effectiveness with the high intensity moves.
I have been stepping for years-in classes and at home-and think that this is one of the best tapes out there. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and everyone, who wants to get an excellent workout.
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