This 50-minute circuit-type workout, alternating aerobics and toning sections, is a fun high-energy tape, led by instructor Steve Schiemer.
There are four hi-lo aerobic sections, each lasting about 5 minutes. One person also demonstrates a low-impact version of the workout. The routines learned in the first three sections are put together for a grand finale in the fourth section. The toning sections also last about 5 minutes. For toning they use one set of light weights for all the exercises.
After the warming up and stretch, we go straight into leg work - lots of lunges and squats. Then comes the first aerobic section. This is followed by push-ups and lateral raises, and some back work. There’s a heart-rate check after the second aerobic section. For the third strength section, it’s back to squats and lunges, including one-legged squats (they’re tough). The final strength section is for the upper body: overhead presses, rotator cuffs, row down, lateral raise and triceps kickback. This is followed by the final aerobics section. A second heart-rate check is taken before the 4-minute cooling down. The workout ends with a 6-minute standing stretch.
The only thing I miss in the workout is ab work, so I add that myself.
Instructor comments: Steve is a cheerful young man, who has a tendency to say “fantastic” quite a lot. He gives good instruction on how to perform moves correctly (he also shows what not to do) and is easy to follow.
Glynis van Uden
2 March 2000