Kathy Smith is known for her safe, effective
workouts, good cuing and her basic, easy-to-follow
choreography. Her videos are an excellent place to start for many people, and the range of her offerings and their relatively wide availability at video
and discount stores like K-Mart and Target are additional reasons to recommend her. She is an
excellent choice for beginner to intermediate exercisers,
but her moves will probably be too boring for advanced
exercisers. Although she is pleasant enough, sometimes
her voice grates on my nerves.
I have to credit Kathy for getting me started in fitness,
when I bought her "Fat Burning Workout" around
1988 or so. As a beginner, I liked her skillful cueing,
simple choreography, and her calm, reassuring style - no
shrieking or preaching like Richard Simmons. In her
videos, Kathy usually addresses beginners' FAQs like what
muscles you're going to be working, the benefits of
fitness and how much exercise you should be doing to get
those benefits, and nutritional info. She includes a lot
of heart rate checks and exertion checks, plus she makes
frequent use of insets and voice-overs for modifications
and tips on good form. Kathy's videos have a little more
of a "classroom" feel than others, but they're
still upbeat and fun, with colorful sets, special effects
and (except for her earliest "budget" videos
like "Body Basics") quality production and
sound. More advanced exercisers might find Kathy somewhat
square, but for novices, she provides not just motivation
but also an excellent foundation of knowledge about
Kathy Smith is an overall great instructor. I love her
attitude, I love watching her and she gives good overall
instruction. She is a very solid instructor. I feel
pretty safe buying her videos.
Name your fitness level, your workout needs, and your
preferred workout style, and chances are this lady's
developed a program that could work for you. She is
probably the best instructor in the industry for
"newbies" and those for whom safe but effective
exercise is top priority. Kathy's choreography is
interesting but not too difficult to learn; she
"inserts" modifiers to make her workouts easier
or more challenging; and her camera operators seldom cut
people off at the waist when you're trying to pick up
your steps. Her exercise modifications work well with
other instructors' routines, and I also appreciate that
she introduces her videos with an overview of what the
routine will include and some of the "science"
behind it. I used her Pregnancy Workout and March to
Fitness during my high-risk pregnancy. She got me through
it with no exercise-related injuries!
As many other reviewers have commented, Kathy is
excellent. Of all of the instructors and videos that I
have done, I think she is still my all-time favorite. I
have not purchased any of her newer videos, but I feel
that I can really trust her cueing, form pointers and
style to be excellent.
I am a big Kathy Smith fan; I have almost all of her
videos. There are only a couple I didn't like (the
Aerobox - incredibly boring, and some of the early ones
like Ultimate Workout which, in my opinion, can be
downright dangerous if someone new to fitness does it). I
like Kathy's low key approach; you can make her tapes as
hard or as easy as you'd like.
Everything that Kathy does is always good. Kathy is more
geared toward beginner to intermediate, but she is a
Although I only know the work of 3-4 instructors, I find
Kathy Smith to be really terrific. Her cueing is right
on, her form is great, her tips about using proper
technique are really helpful, and she is upbeat and
friendly, too. I get the feeling that she really knows
what she is doing and that I am getting a very safe and
I love Kathy Smith!! She is confident, capable, and her
physique really motivates me to MOVE!!
Kathy is the best instructor on the market. Her cueing
and style make her easy and fun to work-out with. I also
like the individuals you chooses in her videos. Not all
of them have the tremendous body that Kathy does. I love
the modifiers and, as I have progressed, not the
intensifiers. Does she change her hair every six months
or what??? I love the styles!
Most of the time I really like Kathy Smith's videos. I
consider her to have a very dynamic personality and one
that also keeps you motivated to keep on going and to do
the best you can. However in her new functionally fit
videos I found her personality to be very boring, I was
truly surprised. I normally look forward to any Kathy
This is my first Kathy Smith tape and she is becoming my
favorite instructor. She gives great cues and reminders
on form which is very important to me because I can
suffer from lower back pain. I feel she is a safe
instructor who completes all moves properly unlike many
Firm instructors. She is energetic and positive. I stayed
with Richard Simmons for a long time and now have added
Kathy Smith to my list of favorite instructors.
I really like Kathy Smith because she's not too perky and
bubbly, or the opposite extreme, serious and driven.
She's straightforward, explains things well for
beginners, and encourages you without making you feel
Kathy Smith is a motivating instructor for me. I like the
fact that she is not a perky 18-year-old perfect
hardbody. She is an attractive "real" woman who
is fit. She is straightforward in her approach.
I took to Kathy Smith's style of instruction immediately.
Her cues are clean and well-timed, her pointers are
clear, and, unlike other instructors, she's able to NOT
talk all the time. Her form is superb. You can check this
by fast forwarding the tape with the picture on.
I really like Kathy Smith. She is friendly and
"Kathy Smith is Fitness is America" the ads
say. I think that's going to far. She is motivating,
moves well and uses good form. She enunciates clearly and
is easy to watch. She also seems practised and less
natural than many other instructors. She does make
well-produced tapes with enough variety for beginners and
intermediates to really grow and become healthier.
However, she really needs to stop pitching some of those
cheesy products she's been endorsing lately. I think they
will ultimately hurt her credibility. Get back to making
Fabulous, one of my all-time favorites!!
Kathy Smith is a real professional. She is an excellent instructor especially for beginners. Her cuing is terrific and most of her workouts are designed for people of all fitness levels. She is very knowledgeble about exercize which I find very motivating. She does this all without being too "cutsy" or "annoying." She was the first instructor I ever purchased an exercise video from and she has not let me down.
Kathy is okay. She's a good instructor, and I can see why she would appeal to many, but her workouts are too easy and/or not very exciting for me. Kathy is really good about giving form tips and showing modifications. She's a likeable instructor.
I love Kathy Smith doing Yoga, sculpting, boxing, but I really hate her on the step. I've tried two of her step tapes, and I just thing they are boring! Had to add my two cents.
I just love Kathy Smith. When I first started to exercise regularly, I bought her weight loss video, and it was great. Good simple intructions and very easy to follow. Every few months I would buy Kathy's workout tapes not to get bored. Now I own about seven of them, I rotate them and I am 50 lb. lighter and still very motivated. I only wish Lifetime television would feature Kathy Smith's workouts in the morning instead of Denise Austin. I would recommend Kathy's videos to anybody who wants solid workout with good instructions and a great instructor. Way to go Kathy!
I think Kathy Smith is wonderful. I know that there are a lot of good instructors out there, but I trust Kathy Smith and know that every tape that I buy will can only help me. She reminds you of key elements to sustain through out a work out and she is an all around good instructor. Her Functionally Fit videos are awesome. My thighs and glutes have never hurt so good before. I am much stronger due to those videos.
I am sure I am going to get poo-poo'd for my comments but I am going to bite the bullet anyway.
Kathy Smith, the Queen of American Fitness. Yes, her tapes are awesome, her workouts are on target, her choreography is exciting and always up to date. She is the first instructor I bought a tape of many many years ago when they were very basic and no one knew who she was. Gotta love Kathy.
However, as time progresses, her biggest fault really comes out. It appears that she REALLY likes the sound of her own voice and may think she is rather funny. I have all of her newest tapes and I wind up muting them and just paying better attention to the TV for move changes. She is NOT comfortable with silence whatsoever. She injects comments and remarks that are grating and irritating. I would almost rather have the "cheerleader" type of instructor that is almost as irritating.
And as far as her Fat Burning Breakthrough video for step, it is the biggest offender of all. It almost appears she is so intent on making inane remarks in order to hear her voice, she screws up on cue-ing the moves. She is telling you to do step-knees, when it is front kicks, she tells you to do front kicks when it should be something else. She makes several mistakes in this video but that doesnt seem to be important as long as she gets to talk to the point of irritation.
She needs to stick to the no-nonsense style that made her well-liked and get off what ever trip she is on. It diminishes her ability in my mind and I have no desire to buy any more of her videos because of it.