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New Body

This is a 45–minute workout, which combines toning with low-impact aerobics.

First there is a 7-minute warming up and stretch, followed by about 6 minutes of low- impact aerobics. Then there’s a heart-rate check before we go on to the New Body section (16 minutes), which combines toning with the aerobics. Using optional light weights, she starts with shoulder presses (singles, then both arms together), first marching on the spot and then travelling forward; next is triceps work and downward rows with toe taps. Some of the other moves are biceps curls and heel digs, lateral raise while taking two steps left, lunges with arm sweeps, alternating biceps curls and grapevines, upright row and grapevines, and leg curls. She adds to the moves and then repeats a sequence from the top. At the end of the New Body section there is another heart-rate check. The workout ends with some upper body toning: biceps curls, upright rows, shoulder press, and triceps extension (first you work the right arm and then the left); then, with both hands, French press. This is followed by a 5-minute cooldown and finally a 5-minute standing stretch.

Different levels of difficulty are shown, so this workout is suitable for beginners and intermediates. My only criticism is that there is no ab work, which I think would have made the workout more complete.

Instructor comments: The workout is led by instructor Jane Leacey. She cues well and is easy to follow. She is pleasant and straightforward – not too serious and not too “happy”.

Glynis van Uden
2 March 2000

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