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Workout With Weights

Instructor comments:

Jane actually co-teaches this workout with her personal trainer, Dan Isaacson. Both are very good at explaining the proper way to do the movements. Jane gets a little naggy. "Don't . . ." is how she seems to start every sentence!

The video is broken into two sections. Both are toning workouts as the name implies. Section 1 is for beginners, and Section 2 is for those who have mastered Section 1. Anyone can do these workouts, beginner or not, by increasing the amount of weight you use. The exercises include both upper body and lower body, plus abs.

I particularly like the quadriceps exercises, because not a lot of instructors include these. You sit on a bench or chair, and extend your leg (you're wearing ankle weights).

This is okay for days when you don't feel like sweating a lot. However, there are more interesting toning tapes, like the FIRM's Upper Body (which includes some legs as well despite the name), Arms and Abs of Steel, and Buns of Steel.

Annie S.

I probably wouldn't have sought this video out otherwise, but one of my dogs "ate" the Rachel McLish tape I was using for my strength workouts, and I happened to stumble on this at a used book store for pocket change. I'm quite pleased with the tape, which is 90 minutes, divided into two 45 minute sessions...the second session for advanced excercisers who have mastered the first one. It's just a standard free weights workout with moves like dumbell flys, rows, lunges, etc. Jane and her trainer/co-host, Dan, explain which muscles are working, why they are important, and how to do the moves safely. I respond well to this "scientific", no-nonsense approach, so I am motivated to keep using this tape on strength days. Plus, I've been feeling that pleasingly tight, almost-sore sensation in my muscles the day after, so I know it's doing me good. This is an older video from the 1980's and may be a little harder to find, but I recommend it.

Instructor comments: Jane is a very no-nonsense instructor who makes frequent note of safe and correct form. I find her explanations to be thorough and her straightforward personality to be motivating.


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