Moving Through Menopause

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 2001

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

NOTE: I got this DVD as part of a re-release on Kathy Smith's "Body Boomers" collection.

Kathy Smith originally released this DVD in 2001. It is designed to provide workout routines appropriate to middle-aged women, and it also offers educational information. The submenu for this section includes the following options: What is Menopause - Benefits of Cardio - Low-Impact Cardio Workout - Benefits of Strength Training - Importance of Reducing Stress - Stress-Reducing Yoga - FAQs about Menopause - End Credits

I'm in my late 40s, and although not in menopause, I do sometimes modify my workouts, and I often tend to prefer shorter routines. I liked that each of the three sections here (cardio, weights, yoga) was under 20 minutes long. The cardio was basic, with moves such as knees, kicks, taps, punches, and hamstring curls. Smith does do a few higher impact moves, but she has two background exercisers modifying. The strength routine starts with stretching using a towel and moves into exercises using light dumbbells (3-5 lbs.). This was more beginner than my level, but good for light days. The yoga segment was just 14 minutes long, and as a yoga instructor, I thought it felt more like yoga-inspired stretches, but it was fine as a flexibility add-on.

Instructor Comments:
I like and respect Kathy Smith, although her workout style doesn't always clip wth me. I found her pretty tolerable here and enjoyed these routines.

Beth C (aka toaster)