Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies VHS
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Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies [VHS] (View amazon detail page) ASIN: 6301729897
Richard Simmons is the king of motivational exercise, especially if you're a beginner. This video workout is a dance party simulating a class reunion, with an energizing live band playing lively hits from the '50s and '60s, such as "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To," "Great Balls of Fire," and "Dancing in the Streets." The singers and musicians sometimes come offstage and dance with the exercisers, adding to the energy and festivity. The choreography is very simple, low impact, light intensity, and appropriate for beginners and overweight exercisers. (You may not get your heart rate up if you're very fit, although you'll enjoy the music.) Richard doesn't do much in the way of cueing--he assumes you'll just follow along. His onscreen class has women and men of all body shapes and sizes, and everyone is having a blast. You will, too. At the end, the exercisers dance down the floor and the screen flashes how many pounds they've lost--several have lost more than 100 pounds. (22 minutes of aerobics, total 43 minutes with warm-up, cool down, and stretch.) --Joan Price
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As a number of reviewers have complained, Richard Simmons' exercise routine lacks much instruction, and on my initial effort I found this terribly frustrating. But after only a few tries, I've discovered that even a profound klutz like me can start picking up the flow, and now I follow with little difficulty. The intensity of the work-out is very much determined by your own energy level; when I began with this tape, it didn't take much awkward stumbling about to generate a sweat and elevate my heart rate. As my conditioning has improved, I find that by putting extra energy into the moves (particularly the arm movements), the exercise can become much more rigorous. No small part of my enthusiasm for this tape stems from the wondrous array of body types "sweatin'" along with Richard. It is a great motivator to see very overweight individuals plunge into the exercise routine with big smiles on their faces. And don't miss the final segment after the cool-down: the participants are identified and their weight loss accomplishments told. There are some amazing and encouraging stories told there! This is an exercise tape that I highly recommend for those of us who are significantly overweight and trying to improve our fitness.
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