(This workout is from the Slim Shape & Sculpt series, commonly known as the
I found this workout enjoyable and nice change from Leslie's standard walking workouts.
The warm-up is her "four basic moves" plus tapping on the Ramp. She does not use
hamstring curls at all but the incline sort of makes up for that. Leslie does fewer
arm movements then in her regular walking workouts. The workout itself consists
of some faster more aerobic portions alternating with some slower walking in which
Leslie tries to emphasize using the Ramp for muscle toning (but it is still walking
not lunges or squats). There is a meter that comes up at one mile -if you're following
our mile system- but there is no other milage meter at the end. The one mile meter
comes up at less than 14 minutes meaning the fast sections must be faster than most
of her walking workouts. Leslie's stretch at the end emphasizes the hamstrings
instead of her usual calves.
The moves Leslie has added to use the Ramp are tapping the Ramp; 3 steps and a tap
with the tap on the ramp (she does this moving to the side so the taps are on the
green and purple sections); stepping on the blue section and tapping the green or
purple sections, stepping back and doing the other side; tapping across the body
(left foot taps purple, right foot taps green); walking wide on to the Ramp (becomes
sort of a V-step); and a mambo with the front step on the Ramp (this mambo seems
more like a samba to me).
Leslie does not use the words left and right in her cueing at all. If you are used
to her WATP series and later where she starts on your right and mirror cues, you
will have to pay attention because she starts on your left if you are mirroring
her; side steps start to the left, kicks and knee lifts start with the left. Her
directional cues are usually "this side" or by color on the Ramp. When she cues
by color she does by what is in front of her. So when she says step on the green,
I am stepping on the purple. (I also have a Gin Miller Ramp workout and Gin manages
to mirror cue the ramp colors appropriately). Any time she does a movement in
which only one foot is striking the ramp she will switch lead legs and do the other
side. She does not make this change as smoothly as other instructors such as Gin
Miller, Petra Kobler and Kathy Smith. If you are really conscientious about the
beat it feels as if you got off beat because of the transition to the other leg.
Some general notes on the equipment, set and background exercisers:
The "Walkblaster", as Leslie calls it, is the Ramp (it says so on the ones in the
video) from Gin Miller's Ramping workouts. There are three colors used to identify
where to step - blue in the middle, green on the left and purple on the right.
Leslie only talks about using it at the lowest incline.
The set is open and well lit. The logos for the series and the workout are projected
on the wall and floor in white light. The light projection logo for the workout
says Slim & Tone but everything else - the box, the title at the beginning says
Slim & Thin.
The background exercisers are Joanne, from Leslie's Studio ("Grandma Jo"), Tracy
from WATP for Abs, Dre from WATP Express, and three new walkers: Jimmy, who is more
muscular than most of Leslie's background exercisers, and the mother and daughter
team of Kim and April. April really makes the most of every move almost hopping
on the Ramp sometimes. If you need encouragement to increase the intensity of Leslie's
workout then just watch April.
Overall I enjoy this workout. I regularly do a range of cardio from Leslie's walking
workouts, to Donna Richardson to the Firm. The intensity of this workout is a little
higher that Leslie's normal walking workouts but not much. At about 29 minutes
it is good for the days I go to work when 30 minutes is the ideal length of workout.
I like Leslie. Her cuing is okay but she doesn't really get mirror cuing which
is a shame since a big part of her audience is beginners. In this series she starts
on the left and does not give right and left instruction -- usually "this side"
or "now the other leg" but se cues the Ramp/Walkblaster colors as she
sees them not as the exerciser mirroring her does.
I don't know if it is the ramp or the fact that she starts on the left but she seems
to get off beat less in this set of workouts.
She is her normal chatty self which does not bother me but does bother some people.