The facts: 5 minutes each warmup and cooldown stretch, 20 minutes
alternating strength and aerobic intervals. Subtitled "2 Mile In-Home
Walking." Beginner level. Leslie, all by herself in t-shirt and
leggings, leads alternating segments of very simple, repeated aerobic
steps with strength exercises like squats, lunges, bicep curls. She
wears weighted gloves throughout the workout, however, she suggests
substituting 1 or 2 pound dumbells (I used soup cans). During the
aerobic section her hands are kept on her hips.
This is the first video I used when I started working out about 6
weeks ago. It's definitely for sedentary beginners. The beautiful thing
about this video, though, is that it's so easy, and Leslie is so
likeable, that I could never come up with a reason to blow off exercise.
After a few weeks I couldn't pump my arms high enough to make this a
decent workout, but by then I was hooked. And in just those few weeks, I
saw improvement to my energy level, balance, and coordination (not to
mention my thighs) that gave me the confidence to tackle other videos.
I highly recommend this video to folks who have had trouble
establishing the exercise habit.
Instructor comments: Very encouraging, down-to-earth and friendly.
COMMENTS ABOUT INSTRUCTOR: Again Leslie is her normal chatty self in the
video, but it's just you and her one-on-one so it's kind of nice. Always
non-intimidating in her approach to fitness and again if you can't do a
move, she tells you to drop the 1 lb hand weights or weighted gloves and
just do the moves or hands at your sides.
COMMENTS ABOUT VIDEO: This is an approximately 35 minute long video which
alternates between walking and strength training moves. While the music is
typical for a walking video and I enjoyed it, the workout itself never got
my heart rate up at all and I'm 19 weeks pregnant so that doesn't take a
lot. I prefer Walk-N-Tone much more for a shorter 2 mile video that
utilizes resistance training.