This is a very good workout. The cueing is poor,
but once you learn the tape, you can really have some
great fun. This was my 2nd CIA that I acquired (the 1st
was a big flop), so I didn't have high hopes for this
one. I viewed it , and saw that it was dancy(Which I
hate), but went ahead and tried it. WOW! The hi/lo is
complex and flows from move to move very nicely. The step
portion has I few cool moves I haven't seen before and
keeps the pace cooking. The cardio combat is martial art
moves put together in a aerobic format - so you're not
actually learning self-defense; Anf it's really fun. It
also has a body sculpting segment - but I don't do that
section, so I can't tell you what it's like. All in all,
this is goona be a tape which will never make the video
Instructor comments: Sherry Catlin almost talks in a
monotone, certainly not perky (but not "cold"
either.) Junior has a spanish accent that can be hard to
understand and he has poor cueing.
I have to totally disagree with Germaine about the video. It is the worst CIA tape I have ever done - not one segment out of four was salvagable. Junior's hi/lo was so unenjoyable, with marches in place till the cows come home. Never ending, marching, marching, marching, while he was showing the moves, which were very simple. I just had to jog and do my own jacks to get through this portion and try the step. Sherry's step was nothing special - she seemed very stiff and had no personality. There were some plyometrics, but the cueing was poor. Cardio Combat was just as bad with all that "keeping the feet on the ground" while doing arm movements. It was slower than a cool down. I fast forwarded to the toning which had only arm work with tubing - I did this section but followed it with Cory's arm tape. The box says there is an ab section but I didn't see it. Two thumbs down!!
TOTAL BLAST is the only phrase that sufficiently
describes Junior's high/low workout on this
tape. I have such a *great* time doing this.
It's a little on the dancy side, set to very
good music, and Junior's teaching and personality
are the icing on the cake. (Not to mention
his good looks.) Even though his choreography
is dancier than a lot, he always starts off
by showing you a base move that you can keep
doing if you want. He then takes the base
move and adds tons of turns, fancy arm
movements, etc. I usually just do my own
arm movements, because I'm not really into
"fancy" arms. (Besides, they're too hard to
remember!) There is one move in here that
I haven't yet had the guts to try. Before he
shows it, he says not to do it unless you
feel secure. Well, when I see him do it, I
immediately become insecure. But it looks
so fun, I'm going to try it one of these
days. He calls it a double turn. You're
simply turning around twice, but it's pretty
fast. I can see myself falling on my behind
on that one!
Next is step with Sherry Catlin. This is
also fun, but lower-key than Junior's high/
low. Sherry is quieter and not as
charismatic, but she is still a very good
instructor and I like this section, too.
The third part is cardio combat, again with
Sherry. I got pretty bored with this. It's
not as intense as what I want, so I won't be
doing this part anymore.
Finally, there's a short strengthening section
with Junior, using an exertube. It's upper
body, and it just "flows" so well from one
move to the next. It's short, but enjoyable
and effective. On the back of the box, it
says that this section is 27 minutes and
includes abs. But there are no abs, and it's
really more like 20 minutes.
I will continue to do this tape for a long
time to come, and just fast-forward through
the cardio combat section. My grade for this