This is a high-impact tape with
intermediate-level intensity. Sometimes it gets down to
beginner level -- there is too much marching in place
between combos sometimes. The entire workout is about 45
minutes. It's an "okay" workout. I choose it on
days when I don't have the brain power to do any fancy
choreography, but want a decent high-impact workout.
Overall, I give it a B.
This is one of my favorite videos. I like the mixed
impact and the variety in choreography. I like working
out with Gilad because of his personality. My favorite
part of the tape is when we get to "do our own thing
for 30 seconds." The music is the same that he used
for his shows but I like it. There are no vocals and the
moves are coordinated with the changes in the music. I
also really like the 4 people in the background. There
are all enthusiastic and appear to be having lots of fun.
I am not dead by the end of the workout but I feel like I
have exercised sufficiently. He could limit the marching
in place but that isn't for everyone. My roommates all
like to work out to this tape, too, and they are not as
in shape as me, so they value those marches in place!
I really like Gilad's personality and I don't argue
with those who love his videos. In my opinion only, his
videos are not for me (Sculpt and Tone isn't too bad). To
me, Fat Burning is a beginner level workout. It requires
very little floor space because you only use about a 2
square foot area. I like to move around more with
grapevines, etc. He does marching (lots and lots), knee
lifts, toe touches to the side and back, kicks, a little
boxing, jumping jacks and more of that type of thing.
Lots of repetition. I felt my heart rate starting to
increase only after about 23 minutes, and never got into
my target zone -- although by this point I wasn't trying
very hard. If you hate dancy videos, this might be for
you. It's more like calesthenics.
The music is more like a 'beat' in the background
that, to me, becomes almost droning and monotonous. The
warm-up is really thorough (I didn't make it to the cool
down). Even though the moves were very simple, it was a
little difficult to follow because when Gilad says
"right foot" he means "his" right
foot and you're actually using your left if you want to
follow him. I'm used to always beginning something with
"my" right foot.
Like I said, this is a good video if you're looking
for this type of video. I wish he'd come out with
something more advanced.
Gilad's "Fat Burning Workout" is an older
video (copyright 1990) that last the test of time by
providing a good, solid workout. It is 30 minutes of
high/low impact aerobics with a five minute warmup
section and a five minute cooldown section. The 30
minutes of aerobics consist of basic moves which may not
seem so challenging if you like your videos
"dancy" but for me, I get my workouts in at
5:00 am and I want my choreography simple but the workout
to be at an advanced level. I consider myself to be at an
intermediate/advanced level and Gilad definately made me
sweat. I would have to say that this workout is at the
intermediate level. If you are looking for a good
old-fashoned, not fancy, but a tough, solid 30 minute
workout. This video is for you.
On cardio work, I am an intermediate exerciser who is playing with advanced choreography. Regardless of the level of choreography, I cannot take a lot of impact in my workouts. Arthritis makes a lot of jolting to my joints in advisable. I have gotten very good at modifying workouts to decrease impact.
This workout was one I did not enjoy. First, the impact was way too much on my joints and when I modified it, the intensity dropped so sharply that I didnít feel I had gotten a good workout. Second, I also found it boring, probably because I prefer more choreography than this workout provides.
As usual, Gilad is motivating and descriptive in leading the workout.
October 7, 2004