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Trek Ireland - Explore the Valley of Glendalough - Treadmill Workout

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K9WZJG
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I found this video impossible to walk with because the camera moves so slowly. I like to start at 3.5 mph, but that was way too fast; the rate in the video was more like 1 mph. It felt like I was stumbling because the scenery was moving by so slowly, compared to the speed at which I was walking. I tried all the walks, and they're all painfully slow; even the one called "Miner's Road Run" seems to be the same speed as the others, with the sound of a jogger's feet hitting the path being the only difference.

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.
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I am quite enjoying this video. It's almost like hiking outside, and in the gorgeous scenery of Ireland at that! All while being safe, sound and comfortable in my home...what a great concept. I hope they make more TrekIreland videos...I would LOVE to explore more of Ireland in this manner.
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This DvD is precisely what I was looking for. Lets face it, you can only listen to the same workout mix so many times.

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.
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As I have walked these paths MANY times, when not disabled...I wanted a
reminder and encouragement. Both accomplished!
Not at all shaky...but good steady filming.
WELL DONE!
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I purchased this DVD to use on my treadmill and was so excited to recieve it. Unfortunately something was wrong with the DVD but I contacted Jake and he sent me a new DVD at no additional charge and it worked perfectly! Not only did he send me a new DVD but he checked up on the situation to make sure I was satisfied. Jake obviously loves his work and wants to share it with anyone interested in his beautiful country. I would definately recommend the DVD's and working with Jake.
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TREK IRELAND

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!
Tom Acierno
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This is a great walking DVD. You get to see the beautiful countryside of Ireland plus you have a tour guide who at various points during the DVD gives you a bit of the history of the different sites (if you so chose or you can bypass him) featured. Very enjoyable - thanks!
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