Trek Ireland - Explore the Valley of Glendalough - Treadmill Workout
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I looked all over the packaging and the DVD to see if there was some option somewhere, somehow, to make it go faster, but no luck.
I noticed too there are often moments where the video does this sort of blurred transition - hard to describe - where it seems like they had to edit out a hiker or something. It broke the walking mood for me. In some places it happens every few seconds. Even the "babbling brook" warm up, where it's just a shot of a brook like you're standing still and looking at it, is pieced together like this, and it's only five minutes long. By the way, it irritated me, too, that the menu doesn't say how long each walk is, or if it's even a walk at all ("Sunrise" is also a motionless view).
Also, the "additional information" icon that pops up once in a while is gigantic and crude. When you click it, you get the guy standing still in front of a view and talking to you, so again, it breaks the whole walking mood thing. It would've been so easy to put the guidebook stuff on an alternate audio track. I did like that the audio was just the ambient sounds of the trail, not cheesy music or "encouraging words."
Overall, it seems to be nicely done, and the views are certainly lovely and restful, but the super-slow pace makes this unusable for me.
I have a 54" Samsung DLP tv setup right in front of my treadmill and play this DvD, as I exercise, it's about as good as being there without the incredibly long flight. :) I would highly recommend this video, and will def be on the lookout for the next in this series.
reminder and encouragement. Both accomplished!
Not at all shaky...but good steady filming.
This DVD is a welcomed and enjoyable addition to my otherwise boring treadmill workouts. Others have commented that the pace is too slow. For me personally, it is not overly important if I move faster than the video pace, I can still judge my distance and progress by where I am on the trail accompanied with my treadmill readouts. Also, a greatly appreciated unintended benefit is not being chased along by blood sucking insects. Is it just me, or do the mosquitoes get worse every year?
The scenery in the DVD has a pleasant and relaxing stress relieving quality to it. The guide buttons give insight to local Irish history along with the added benefit of extending your workout time. Here is a tip, on the Poulanaas Waterfall & Spinc trail, when, at a fork in the trail, you click on the guide button, the guide says, "from here you can take the left trail that goes up to the Spinc and offers fantastic views of the upper and lower lakes," let me just say, it is a powerful long and steep climb for a view where the distant lake takes on the same appearance as a puddle on my tree-lawn after a heavy rain, if your making the climb for the workout, great, if your making the climb for the view, save your strength.
Trek Ireland is somewhat of an unexpected paradox, if you are into yoga, or meditation, you will thoroughly enjoy this DVD, as it melds that same serenity along with a vigorous self-paced cardio workout. To paraphrase an Irish toast; "if you run fast enough you can be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows your dead." I'm not sure if that is true, but it can't hurt to try. I give this Trek Ireland 5 stars, you will enjoy breaking a very placid and invigorating sweat.
Ta la iontach!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compared to DVDs like the ones by Virtual Active or Virtual Walks, this is so boring! And the fact that the camera bounces up and down slightly makes me dizzy too. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Daisy
This is the first DVD Treadmill workout I've ever seen or purchased.
I like this DVD, because I was able to check out sights that having been there, didn't see... Read more
Parts of the video are filmed on a woods trail. A continuous tunnel of trees is sort of boring. OTH where the scenery is more open, the view is much more enjoyable. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Rich
I really enjoy this dvd, I like that It is interactive, I can pick a trail, listen to the history, or just walk. I am going to find more like this. Thanks.Published on February 20, 2014 by Christine Brooks
This is wonderful, it inspires me to walk! The quietness for me can also be a time of reflection and prayer! WE visited Ireland and were in love with the country. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by ginster412
I was disappointed with the DVD. I guess I had expected something more along the lines of Virtual Active DVD'sPublished on January 3, 2014 by TM1070
poorly spliced and edited. jumpy and has cuts. scenes of Ireland are beautiful, but hard to watch with the unsteady camera work.Published on May 24, 2013 by Marilyn Gandy
Too slow I was expecting it to be faster, it was too slow in the beginning which bored me from the start. The scenery was beautiful and it was informative.Published on March 10, 2013 by Mrs. G