I know most of you don't care for Charlene because of
her chattiness, but this aerobics video is quite good. It
begins with a 9 minute warm-up (naturally with Charlene
chattering on), and it goes into an all high-impact
aerobics section for 37 minutes. It is very high impact
with interval training interspersed in. She does jumping
jacks, lunges, jumps, legs and arms going at the same
time. It is a very invigorating, advanced video. As far
as intensity goes, it compares to Sweat Express by Kari
Anderson. When I want to go all out in my aerobics, these
two videos pop up in my mind. I recommend it for the very
This 60-minute high/low workout (mostly high)will
really keep you sweating. It's not the most creative
workout in the world, but it certainly does its job. The
moves are not dancy -- they're more athletic (lunges,
knee lifts, etc). Towards the middle, there's a
mini-interval routine where you run in place bringing
your knees (and heart rate) way up, then you
"bounce" in place to rest, then start all over
again. The ending stretch is nice; Charlene is great
about giving you a good stretch when you're done.
Charlene never fails to make me work hard, but I would
like to see a little more creativity in the routines. I
give this one a B.
I happen to really like this video. I have days where I want a solid workout but don't want to bother with choreography and this fits the bill. This tape has a 10 minute warm up, a full 40 minutes of hi impact aerobics, and a 10 minute cool down. The moves are very simple and basic, mostly knee ups, side kicks, front kicks, lunges, with lots of different arms patterns added in for variety and non stop movements. I didn't get bored with this video even though it was simple to learn. My heart rate stayed elevated through the whole workout and it was actually fun to do. If you are an advanced exerciser who wants a simple workout but still a challenge to do, I would recommend this one.
Instructor comments: I usually don't like all of Charlene's chattiness but it didn't seem to bother me in the video because I guess it was more about interesting things than just talking.