A nice change of pace using country western
music. The songs are upbeat and fun to step to. While the
level may be beginner/intermediate it's sure to get your
heart rate up and make you sweat. Ruth is easy to follow,
her cueing is on target. The step routines are more
athletically based. The kind I enjoy.
The visual effects and clothing worn by the cast are
country. At first that was something I wasn't used to
seeing. However, after a while that becomes less apparent
because the music and step routines are fun to listen to
and challenging enough to perform. The warm up is around
11 minutes and quite through. However, the cooldown is 8
minutes and not nearly as effective as the warm up. You
may need to add a few extra minutes on your own.
I really liked this video. It's a welcomed change of
pace along with the added benefit of being pleasantly
Instructor comments: Ruth McGinnis is the aerobic exerciser trainer to
the stars. She is very easy to follow and pleasant to
listen to. However, Ruth is extremely thin. Not that that
is good or bad but more unusual.
Warmup: 11 min.
Step Aerobics: 26 min.
Cooldown: 8 min.
This review is based on having done the workout 3 times.
I'm a beginner-level stepper.
Collage lists this video as a "Staff Favorite"
so, for $13, I deemed this video worth checking out. I'm
glad I did. I had put off buying this tape because I was
afraid it would be a kind of hokey "Hank
Williams" type of country thing, but that's
definitely not the case. I like many different styles of
music, but I don't regularly listen to Country &
Western, and this video had me wanting to see Ruth
produce another Step tape!
I found Ruth McGinnis to be a good, clear cuer and
nonchatty. She has a pleasant voice and demeanor.
I find the sound track *very* enjoyable. I want to get
going right from the first song and have to remind myself
that it's the warmup! While doing the tape for the first
time, I was not frustrated at all trying to learn the
routine. Ruth teaches the sequences enough times for me
to get the hang of it and then her excellent cuing keeps
me on the mark for just the right number of repeats so
I'm not bored. About halfway thru the workout, you turn
your step for the next two combos. As to this workout's
effectiveness, I recently bought a Polar FitWatch heart
rate monitor, and this video kept me in my THR. Since the
step aerobics portion is only 26 min., I rewind the tape
to the third song and do it again for about 40 min. of
The workout is definitely low impact. At one point, Ruth
directs your attention to a woman in the group if you
want to increase your intensity some. I like no-nonsense
types of workouts and this video fit the bill for me. No
corny jokes, no extraneous chatter, and *no whooping!!*
(The only whooping I tolerate is from ME -- Yeehaw!) I'm
really enjoying this workout. I'm even catching myself
smiling and laughing (especially at the Cleopatra, Queen
of Denial segment)! Whoda thunk I would have so much fun
exercising to country, yet! :D
There is a slow-paced instructional section at the
beginning where Ruth goes over the basic steps used in
the workout. In class and thru some voice-overs, Ruth
cues you on form. There is one heart rate check. The set
is very easy on the eyes; nothing wild or outlandish, the
room has a nice hardwood floor and some traditional
southwestern accents and a nice faux sunset in the
background. The only thing I was disappointed with about
this workout was the stretches at the end. I do my own
routine because I don't feel my muscles have been
stretched effectively, but that may be a personal
preference since I like stretching.
This is an excellent video for beginning steppers or for
those who want a decent workout for a "light"
day. Nothing dancy here; just basic stepping. Advanced
exercisers and Cathe F. fans will probably find it
ordinary and non-challenging, but beginners will find it
fun and non-threatening. This video can take you to the
Intermediate level by increasing the step height and
using a bigger range of motion.
For those who care about such things, duplication quality
is in Standard Play (SP) mode. The picture quality is
better than some $20 videos I've got!
Suzanne wrote a thorough review that I quite agree
with. Too add my 2 cents, I bought this video because I
do like modern country music (most modern country music
is not of the Hank Williams variety) and I thought it
might help getting me motivated. This is one of the first
videos I bought (previously only owned Reebok :the
Video). I really enjoyed this video. Much more than the
Reebok video even though the step level is still basic. I
feel that the choreography in this video fits the music
very well without being too country (i.e. no line dancing
etc). Ruth M. cues very well making it very easy to
follow for a begining stepper. The whole thing was a lot
of fun. My only gripe is that it was too short and easy
(the shortness contributing to the easiness) causing me
to outgrow it too fast (I've traded it now but if I'd
seen Suzanne's suggestion for rewinding I probably would
have kept it a lot longer). I stongly recommend this
video to a beginner.