This is two half-hour workouts. The first is low-impact floor and the second is step. Many of the moves in the floor section can be changed to high impact if you want. I don't think this workout is as good as her high-impact workouts, but it's not bad. She does some interesting things -- one of which appears toward the end and is designed to work on your balance. It's still aerobic, and it's fun (and challenging to keep your balance).
The step section has a lot more variety than her older step tapes. I used to get irritated at spending a half-hour or so straddling the step with my side to the TV. She seems to have gotten over that, if this tape is any indication of her newer workouts. There are straddle moves, but you don't stay there forever. With this one, you change around a lot more. She does one really neat step that's not hard, but it's different. She calls it a U-Turn, but what you're doing is walking around the side of the bench facing the bench in a U-shaped pattern. So you do a couple of knee-ups on the side, walk around the back in a U, do knee-ups on that side, and
walk back around.
Both sections are done in different outdoor settings, and I really like that. It adds color and scenery, and is just more pleasant to look at that boring gym walls. On the step section, the day is really dreary, misty, and foggy. The first time I did this tape, that's *exactly* what the weather looked like here. I thought that was pretty cool. (Okay,I'm easily amused.)
I got this through the exchange, so I didn't have to cough up the current price of $29.95. I think it is coming down to $19.95 in the very near future, if not already, because I heard Charlene's company is having a sale. So it should drop in the Collage catalog too. I wouldn't recommend paying $29.95, but for $19.95, it's a good workout for Charlene fans.
I've always liked Charlene for her high-intensity workouts, but I found her step routines a little on the boring side. In this
tape, it's not boring at all. She's added some new moves and changes them more often. I hope this is a trend!
This video has 2 aerobic workouts. The first is hi-low, and the second is step, each is 30 minutes including the warm up and cooldown. Charlene does a simple warm up, short stretch, the aerobic section and then a longer, deeper stretch. Both workouts are very basic, non-dancy, low-impact routines at a fairly moderate intensity level.
I'm not really thrilled with the hi-low section because I'm at a high-intermediate fitness level and the intensity isn't quite high enough for me. I mostly only do it if I have another workout planned or worked hard the day before. It's got some really challenging balance moves though, that are surprisingly tough.
I like the step section better, as the intensity is a smidge higher and the choreography is interesting without being hard to follow or dancy. She definately uses every side of the step here, so sometimes your back is to the TV, but she cues well enough that I had little problem following.
All in all this is a pretty good tape. Not too challenging, but perfect to get moving in the morning.
Instructor comments: I found Charlene to be very likeable. I've never been able to face a typical aerobics instructor first thing in the morning... but her friendly, down-to-earth attitude gets me moving when I'd rather be back under the covers.