This is one of the shortest and easiest CIA videos,
and in my opinion, it's pretty disappointing. 8002
consists of a warmup, 40 minute step workout with weight
intervals, a cooldown and ab work. The step intervals are
not very well designed. The first one starts with a heel
straddle and hop turn followed by a mambo. However, the
hop turn doesn't gracefully connect with the mambo; you
have to awkwardly turn the other way and switch feet.
Another combo has the step vertical when it really should
be horizontal; it's hard to tell which foot you should be
on. The weight intervals aren't set up very well, either.
On the first set, I can't figure out whether I'm supposed
to be working my shoulders or back. I did this workout
twice and can't get myself to like it. If you're
interested in an intermediate step/weight interval
workout, Arms and Abs of Steel 2000 with
Webb/York/Richardson and CIA 5002 with Robert Sherman are
both better than this. I hope CIA tries again at putting
out a good intermediate video. Grade: C
Instructor comments: Instructors Suzanne Olson and
Mary Lee Kintner are likeable and enthusiastic. If only
their choreography was up to snuff, I would have enjoyed
working out with them.
Suzanne Olson & Mary Lee Kintner
CIA 8002: DCAC Stepping
This is a one-hour circuit workout (but it is
called interval on the box). You alternate
toning exercises with stepping. The step
choreography and intensity are intermediate,
and the toning is beginner/intermediate. Advanced
exercisers probably will not find it very
interesting or challenging, but intermediate-
level exercisers might get some good use out
of it. Grade C.
One other note: On the back of the box, it
says that Mary Lee has a video called Mega-
Sculpt that was rated as one of the 50 greatest
videos of all time by New Body magazine. I've
never heard of that video, though. Come to think
of it, I don't think I've heard of that
magazine, either. The box also says Mary Lee
has written three fitness-related books.
Instructor comments: Both instructors seem about average as far as
instructors go. Nothing really outstanding or
negative about either one.