This is a pretty decent step video, but it is a
little too easy for me. There are four
instructors/participants that trade off for the step, leg
work, and cool-down portions. They all wear mikes and
exchange light banter during the work-out which is
pleasant - not quite so serious as the traditional video.
Some interesting combinations and a couple new moves (for
me), but there are only a few power moves so it's not as
challenging as I like.
Jeff and Scott's Step Factory
This video is a decent
video for the beginner to intermediate stepper. The
banter between Jeff and Scott and the class members is
good. Jeff and Scott are both top-notch, creative
instructors. Form pointers, cueing, and choreography are
all excellent. They also joke around with each other
which is funny and adds to the enjoyment of the workout.
The set design is kind of futuristic looking; different
than your typical aerobics room. The cueing is excellent.
However, as an advanced stepper, it didn't provide enough
of a challenge either choreographically or physically. I
felt like I could still do more after the tape was
finished. I recommend this video to any beginner to
intermediate stepper, not for the advanced. The stepping
section lasts for approx. 33 min.
This is an intermediate-level workout, both
choreography-wise and intensity-wise. It would make a
very good transitional video for someone at the beginner
level moving to intermediate, because the steps are
explained very well.
Jeff teaches all of the step
section, and Scott teaches the (short) toning section.
Some of the moves are a lot of fun, like "slice the
banana," which is a corner-to-corner over-the-top
while kicking your leg up. The music is fun and
invigorating as well.
Scott wears his jacket and cap throughout the whole
workout. The cap doesn't bother me, but I don't know how
he can stand to keep his jacket on! This doesn't have any
bearing on the workout, of course, but I just found it
At the end, there is a wonderful stretch routine. Two
of the class members do it as partners and it looks *so*
relaxing that way. I always do it alone, so I guess I'm
missing out, but it's still good.
The production quality of the video is excellent, as
with their "Classic Cardio" video. I find the
workout a lot of fun. It's great for days when you don't
want to work at top intensity, but still have a good
time. I give it an A.