I'm not sure who this short floor aerobics tapeis
intended for. The aerobics section is about19-20 minutes,
with about 4-5 minutes eachfor warm up and cooldown. So
it's tooshort for anyone beyond a beginner level.But the
instructor doesn't do enough to explain proper
form--there are a seriesof quick forward lunges at the
end that asomeone who didn't know proper lunge form might
strain their knees doing, perhaps, for example. The class
is annoyingly perky--lots of whoops and yells,etc. The
choreography isn't difficult to follow, and it's pretty
much low-impact--grapvines, knee lifts, shasays, etc.
Fitness Level: intermediate
Breakdown: 5-minute warm-up; 20 minute mixed level
workout; 5-minute cool-down.
Choreography: moderate, but hard to follow due to
Music: Can't remember--it was overshadowed most of the
time by those wild and crazy "whooping walls"
Production quality: fair. Grainy looking photography
I bought this one on impulse before our website here was
on-line. The packaging talks about Crunch being a place
where you can work out without feeling insecure about how
your body looks. At the time, I was seven months
post-partum, still breastfeeding, so it was a weak moment
for me! This workout, like Donna-Mite (which is
distributed by the same company, and Donna, of course,
co-hosts Crunch's TV show), includes a variety of body
types. Jillian from Donna-Mite and 4-Day Rotation is
here, too--and I'm built almost exactly like her. The
opening credits even made me giggle a little
bit--"nice place you've got here" and other
cute comments. So here we have this friendly group of
people, and motivational/fun comments on the screen
between segments and combos, and we're all having just a
great time. But alas, it's a few leis short of Hawaii.
The aerobics is only 20 minutes long--that's usually when
I get my second wind and want to do MORE! The
choreography is not any more complex than that in
Donna-Mite, most of which I could follow the first and
second time around, but Jennifer isn't as good at cuing
in this tape as Donna is in hers. It could just be
inexperience, though, or maybe the producers were going
for a "just have fun with it" approach rather
than focusing on instruction. But the real sin here is in
the sound. Whoever thought of adding a "whoop
track" to the Crunch tapes ought to be condemned to
50 years of living in this studio with the walls rigged
so you can't turn them off. As we say in Kentucky,
that'll "learn 'em!" It's encouraging to read
that Jennifer's Double Crunch tape is getting good
reviews here at VF. This particular tape isn't worth the
$10 I paid for it, but I really like her and wish her
well in her future endeavors.
Grade: A for Jennifer
C for this tape
Instructor comments: Jennifer is in the crew for Donna
Richardson's Donna-Mite and also her 4-Day Rotation tape.
She looks like she's having a great time in both of
them--I guess hanging around Donna will do that to you :)
Her Double Crunch workout has gotten good reviews, so I
think that the tape I'm reviewing just isn't showing her
skills off to their best advantage.
This is a decent, although short, high/low floor
workout. The aerobics part is about 20 minutes, and there
are a warmup and cooldown as well, bringing the total to
about 30 minutes. The aerobic section is broken into 3
different routines. The first two (especially the
second)are repeated way too many times. She needs to
either add more choreography to each of the routines, so
you don't feel like you're doing the same thing over and
over, or else shorten these two and add a fourth. The
choreography is intermediate level. You might have
trouble following her the first couple of times, because
she doesn't waste time explaining the moves in any
detail. That's good, because if she did, it would take up
the whole 20 minutes. Intensity is also at an
intermediate level. I was afraid that because it was only
20 minutes, it wouldn't be very intense, but that wasn't
Overall, I give this a B. If not for the first two
routines being repeated so much, it would get an A or A-.
Instructor comments: Jennifer Mills is a good
instructor. Her voice, however, gets on my nerves for
about the first 15 minutes or so. After that, I'm able to
tune it out.
I don't even remember where I bought this video, or how long I've had it, but I pulled it out of my video cabinet one day when I was in need of some variety from my other tapes I use. At first some moves were hard to follow, and the video does seem short. BUT, it is THE most effective tape I have as far as intensity! The moves, now that I've done it for two weeks, are easy to follow and they get you working hard. I agree that the whooping is very annoying in the background, and you can hardly hear any music at all. But this video is a great workout for me. I give it an A!
The instructor took some getting used to but she is VERY good in this video, despite her hoarse voice. She should do a little more cueing for us, but once I did the video 4 or so times I was fine with it.