Stand Up & Be Some Body

Charlene Prickett
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

Iím reviewing this workout after doing each of the workouts once each.

General workout breakdown: Iíll add a few thoughts to what Tammy, Carolyn, and Melrose have already said in describing this workout.

- Aerobic Workout 1 runs almost 28 min. total, with cardio portion of just under 21 min. that includes a warm-up pattern and a cool-down of a few minutes each, and about 7 min. for the stretch. Here Charlene builds up some simple combinations or patterns, but she never combines them for a big TIFT (take it from the top). Charlene is the lead here, while Cindy counts down and provides form tips (Why has no one else up to this point informed me on the proper form for the grapevine? Consider me educated!) and Christine mainly is there for some extra encouragement. The final stretch, done standing, works the hamstrings, quads, calves, and hip flexors, with a little balance in there, too. Amazingly, Charlene holds the stretches for a fairly long amount of time.
- Aerobic Workout 2 runs almost 28.5 min. total, with a cardio portion of just under 22 min. which includes a warm-up pattern and a cool-down of a few minutes each, and 6 min. for the stretch. This one does end in looping, or Charleneís term for TIFTing; you end up doing the final combo 4 times before the cool-down. Since Charlene alternates leads with Cindy and Christine, the different combos remain distinct in your mind better. The stretch here covers the same muscles but is done on the floor. (I would rather have paired the standing stretches with this more vigorous workout and vice versa, but this very nitpicky thing isnít a deal breaker.)

The choreography is pretty simple, more a succession of steps than intricate combinations of moves. In the grand scheme of things you wonít do a ton of choreography in the end, because none of the patterns are all that long and the repertoire of moves is pretty small, with the same moves reappearing, but of course thatís all relative depending upon how much choreography youíre used to doing. You will do a lot of reps of the moves before you move on to the next. A few moves are done with hops; although Charlene urges you to leave it out if you donít want impact, surprisingly no one really shows this option. Those with knees who donít like twisty turny moves will be happy to hear this has no pivots, turns, or twists, although in the second workout two moves are down facing to the outside, but youíre given plenty of time to unload the knee as you change direction ever so slightly.

Level: Iíd recommend this to experienced beginners through solidly intermediates. This may be a step up in choreography for those used to walking workouts, unless youíre familiar with something like Michelle Dozoisí Prevention Walk Your Way Slim.
Normally I consider myself a int./adv. exerciser, but Iíve had some medical issues lately and am bouncing back from a short layoff. Iím probably at a lower int. level now, and this one, although it doesnít look like it at first, packs a decent punch for me at this point. Itís definitely a step up in intensity from my Leslie Sansone walking workouts and Petra Kolber dance videos, so Iím pleased to have something like this as a stepping zone from them to my more int./adv. workouts.

Music: instrumentals with a beat. Youíll have to crank up the volume to hear it, but if you have the volume low youíre not missing much.

Set: OK, hereís my take on the all-white set: Eh. Iím indifferent to it. I canít say I love it, but I donít hate it, and it doesnít keep me from enjoying the workout, either. Iíd rather have too little than too much going on in a set, although this takes minimalist tendencies to the extreme. And if I had to choose, I guess Iíd rather have bright than dark, not that I have any real objections to the Evolution ďblack abyssĒ set or Leslie Sansoneís so-called ďbat cave.Ē I didnít find the set as disorientating as I thought Iíd might as long as the camera stayed still, but when it started panning up or down I experienced some spatial confusion. (Despite the fact that I comment on sets in my reviews, I usually could care less. I can count on one hand the number of times a set has been a contributing factor Ė but never the main reason Ė Iíve gotten rid of a workout.)

Production: clear picture and sound, camera angles that are more helpful than distracting.

Equipment: a pair of sneakers, maybe a mat for the floor stretch portion on the second workout.

Space Requirements: I love how compact these workouts are. If you can do a grapevine across your space and take a big step to your front and back you have enough room.

DVD Notes: Your choices are Aerobic Workout One or Aerobic Workout Two. There are no chapters within either workout.

Comments: I borrowed this from a kind VF friend, but Iím buying a copy for myself during one of Charleneís occasional sales. At one time I had come very close to pulling the trigger on buying Charleneís cardio workouts but for some reason hadnít, and then Collage stopped carrying them, so I almost forgot about them. But with lower impact floor cardio options other than walking or dance workouts going the way of the dodo, I knew Charlene deserved another look.
I agree that this is a great alternative to Leslie - or, better yet, Mary Kayís sections in Leslieís brisker videos (like the 3 Mile Weight Loss Walk). This is for those who want predominantly low impact floor (or hi/lo) aerobics thatís pretty simple to follow. I donít know about you, but in my workout collection thereís always room for a straightforward cardio segment with no jumping around and no twisting and turning, with enough to keep the mind from falling asleep but not so much that steam comes out of my ears, with realistic consideration for the amount of workout space available to those of us who live in apartments or small houses (especially ones we have to share other beings, human and/or animal), and with only a pair of sneakers required. Iíve heard aerobics is passť these days, but sometimes a girl just wants to grapevine and repeat those knees rather than walk, walk, walk, mambo and chasse, do burpees (ugh!) and mountain climbers (double ugh!), or kick and punch.

Instructor Comments:
Charlene does a good job with cuing. She has a conversational take on leading a class, so this feels more like youíre taking an actual class with Charlene and her instructors. Fortunately she and her crew stick to form pointers as well as fitness and health topics rather than idle chit chat, and they do have some interesting tidbits, even if by the 50th time through those insights will seem less, well, insightful. Oh, and most directional cues are visual, but Charlene and her crew try to mirror cue (meaning when they say ďrightĒ they mean your right).