Women's Health & Fitness Network Steamin Cardio is part of the KickButt series and is 6 minutes of Pilates, 20 minutes of cardio, 11 minutes of yoga and 4 minutes of weights. It's a remake of the original FitPrime's Steamin Cardio originally lead by Kelsie Daniels. In this one Heidi Tanner leads dressed in orange and black, to nearly identical choreography and music, and she does a great job! Her beautiful smile lights up the set and she looks like she's having a blast the entire time! Her punches could be a bit more forceful, but that shouldn't stop the kickboxing fans from giving those segments their all.
The warm up will be familiar from the original Steamin Cardio, and Heidi does a great job with it! Next is a cardio segment featuring side lunges and kicks with knee-ups. This segment in the original one always confused me for some reason, but this time I nailed the choreography right away! I think it's because Heidi stays facing more to the front and I was able to tell which leg she was on. Whatever the reason, I loved it and the music drew me right in! The cardio in this workout is the best I've seen for low impact but high intensity from ANY instructor I have tried so far!! And with my knee issues, I can't do high impact and lots of stepping or jumping, so I am SO happy to have this workout!
Next is 4 limb using weights. I used 2 5# weights and that felt just right. There are small jumps in here which didn't bother my knees at all. Then we use the high step and do more punches. By this point in the workout I was sweating, which is always a sign I'm working very hard. The next cardio segment is another one which always confused me in the original workout, but not this time. It features lunges, dips, V steps and pivots, and I would say it's the most dancy of the entire workout, but also the most fun!!
Back to the high step for handstands. Not as many as in the original. Also some triceps dips, hover springs, then a combo of handstands with hover springs. If your heart rate is not elevated by now, either you're in super great aerobic shape, or you're just going through the motions in this workout and not giving it your best. 4 limb again with 2 5# weights, but we're more still now, rowing and lunging with dips and cursy dips.
Heidi calls the next section "boot camp". It's front lunges with plank holds, push-ups and jumps. It makes you feel very strong when you finish it!! Kickbox is next, and Heidi does a neat hop-scotch move in between arms that I can't remember in the original, but it might have been there. Cardio drills are next - jump rope moves, fast feet football moves, small jumps, and cross fronts and back steps. We then get the high step again for straddles with dips back and that jump move while in dip position. I was very careful not to go into a full dip, and she only does two each time, so my knees were fine with this. The final cardio segment is mambos, box steps, and V steps. It's really fun!!
We then do a much deserved standing stretch, and if you keep the moving leg off the floor you can add a nice balance component here as well. Core work follows on the floor, first doing pulses with the weights again while your legs are extended, then lowering the weights and doing leg walks. Heidi then puts the weights behind her knees and we do a rocking move that really works the lower abs!! Oblique work completes this sequence. More balance and plank follow, then the infamous clams!! My obliques will be feeling those tomorrow!! Finally, the stretch! The workout ends at a little over 51 minutes.
Absolutely WONDERFUL!! A+!!
March 27, 2005
these 2 dvds (along with the others in
the series) as a free offer from WHFN.
Of all the original FPs that were remade,
this one has suffered the most in
translation. Kelsie Daniels was just incredible in the original- that woman
can move! Heidi is a competent
instructor who just doesn't bring the
same energy and fire to the workout- at
times, she seems like she is two
breathes from collapse.
There's something about this workout
that really bothers me- there's an aura
to it that it can't be done well or even
properly. Maybe its because some of
the cast has such horrible form on the
plyo jumps WITH WEIGHTS. Maybe its
because there are moments when Heidi
seems to be in trouble. A couple of the
women in the cast trip over the steps at
various times. Personally, I kinda like it
when the cast misses choreography, but
I get worried when the form goes bad or
Of all the new FP/KBs, this one seems to
be the least oriented around juggling
equipment, but each song still ends with
a pose and then you stand there while
Heidi says whats next. It felt very stop
and start-y to me.
While doing the workout, I felt taxed,
and not in a good way. I'm not sure its a
good idea to have people drop their
heads down for a partial handstand
move WHILE THEIR HEARTRATES ARE
ELEVATED FOR CARDIO and then
transition them into jumps and back
into the handstand move. yet, not long
after the workout ended, I felt as if I
hadn't worked out. This is supposed to
be a cardio workout but its too broken
up with push ups and posing and so on.
I would also say that there really isn't 6
min of pilates or 11 min of yoga. There
is about that much time of pilates
inspired ab floor work and yoga inspired
stretches. There is a few min of
resistance work- push ups and some 4
limb cardio with light weights-
mentioning it is a joke- there isn't
enough of it to constitute weight
training, but it does break up the cardio.
Heidi also refers to a segment as low
impact when you do lunge jumps.
And the football runs look and feel
ridiculous. They are in lots of these
workouts for some reason.
So- to sum it up-
the bad: some ill advised moves, an
instructor that seems out of her league
at times, ostentatious statues, not
enough attention or intention paid to
making this a CARDIO workout and
posing, posing posing.
the good: music and vocal tracks at
great volumes, not competing with each
other; crisp visual production- clear
picture and easy to see instructor; the
music is really cool in this one.
Verdict- trade or sell pile.
I like Heidi. She seems like someone
familiar, the kind of woman you'd refer
to as one of the gals and hang out with
and have a drink together. that said, i
have yet to really like any of her
The workout has already been broken down in detail. I didn't think I would like this one as much as I did! I don't generally like long cardio workouts (long being more than 30 minutes). You only need a high step (or tall box, or step stool) and light hand weights for this one. The cardio is mostly low impact -- she does some jumps but they can easily be modified. The cardio portion comprises add-ons to each routine until it is complete, and then is repeated a few times with each side leading. It goes by quickly, because each individual routine is fairly short. The only complaint is the first time she does a new move, she cues while doing it rather than cuing ahead of time. But, by the next time doing it, you know what is coming and the choreography is definitely simple enough to catch on. I like the fact that some light weight work and 4-limbed moves are thrown in during the workout - again, because I get bored with pure cardio workouts. The last cardio routine is fun and less intense before going into core work and stretches.
I really like the flow of the workout, the variety of the cardio routines, and the corework at the end (I often do weight work the day before and leave out abs) so this workout is great to alternate with.
Heidi is very pleasant and seems to have fun doing the workout (and sweating!)
July 15, 2005