As Strong As Possible: Band Camp

Paul Katami
Year Released: 2006

Categories: Total Body Workouts

Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this workout.

Finally! A workout by Paul Katami that I enjoy and will keep. I have tried one or two of his other workouts and found well done, well planned workouts that were simply more advanced than I want to do. They left me feeling more beat up than I wanted.

I read that this workout is more intermediate and decided to try it. There are some things I really enjoyed about this workout:

1. I didn't have to modify on my own at all. There aren't high impact moves and he gives the minor modifications - like keep your other foot down if you don't want to balance on one foot - things I probably could have figured out on my own.

2. The workout is moderately paced and I had the time to shift the band and/or ring into new positions and be ready when they were. In some band workouts, the transitions between moves and/or positions are so fast that I am constantly stopping the DVD and then restarting once I'm in position.

3. He seems to use just enough reps. There are enough to fatigue my muscles, but not so many that it seems endless.

4. There is a modifier that shows the easier versions of the moves, when he gives options. She is on the front row and on the/my right side of the screen. She is usually on the screen when I'm looking for an option.

5. There are a lot of combination moves, upper and lower body at the time, in this workout. If you don't like them, don't try this workout!

For this workout, you need a band and a foot band, or ring. I ended up using my lightest band, because I had trouble with shoulder moves with the medium strength. That meant that I majorly choked up on the band for most of the other moves - biceps, triceps, etc.

The workout has the following sections:

> Upper body moves with the band
> Lower body moves with the ring/foot band
> Strength moves with using both the band and the ring/foot band.
> Standing core moves. You replace the ring with the end of the band wrapped around your foot.
> Back pulls on the floor
> Core on the floor - mainly crunches with counter moves with the band wrapped around the foot.

I tend to stop before the core on the floor because I HATE crunches. Fortunately, there is enough standing core work that I feel like I get the core work I want before that section. Keep in mind that core work is one of my least favorite types of fitness moves unless it's standing.

Just to let you know a little about me, I'm a 48 year old intermediate and long term exerciser who has bad hands, wrists, and feet (psoriatic arthritis) and bad knees (osteo arthritis). Consequently, I look for low-impact workouts - or workouts that I can modify easily - that don't require body weight to be supported on my hands/wrists.

Instructor Comments:
His communication skills are incredibly good. I can just listen to him describe how to position the band and get it right every time. Plus, he's encouraging and motivating to do more while reminding you to stick to your limits and consider the safety of how you are moving.

Laura S.