CIA 2502: Step Inspirations & Power to the ThirdHeather Rider
Year Released: 2005
Categories: Step Aerobics
This DVD includes Step Inspirations (step aerobics), Power to the Third (medicine ball with cardio intervals) , and Reshape Your Lower Body (uses core exercises).
I have done all three of the workouts and have to say this DVD is a keeper. I've had it a while, did it a few times and then it got put on the shelf so to speak. I am not sure why. The point is, I pulled it out today and did it again.
I remembered that I loved the medicine ball workout (Power To The Third) which is an interval workout using strengthening/toning with the medicine ball and cardio intervals; you use the medicine ball throughout the workout to challenge you. This workout is great because Heather has incorporated balance, strength and cardio and she does a great job of it. Your abdominal stabilizers are most definitely challenged.
The lower body workout is a blast. This is really a lower body and core workout. Heather uses a variety of moves, some of them traditional and some not so traditional. I like to add this on to Power to The Third. Both workouts really compliment each other.
In both of the above workouts a core board is used by one of the background exercisers.
Stepsational is just plain fun. Heather uses some great step moves; some that I have not done before and some that I've done but she has changed them up a bit to add a little spice. This workout is very doable. I'd rate the choreography to be moderate to advanced moderate. She has 3 moves that she's named after some great dancers (Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bob Fosse). Will this workout keep your heart rate up? Absolutely! Heather's cueing is pretty darn good as well. There are a few, umm, moments that I think she is enjoying the workout so much that she cues but its just as she is doing the mover, however, once you know the routine, its no biggy.
Now, what is odd is that there is no actual cool down for this. I don't know why that happened. Anyway, what I do is quickly go back to the main menu and start the warm-up again and do it. I do it on the floor though. It works just great and I would not consider it a hassle to have to do this. I also use the stretch she does in the warm-up again before heading to the final cool down which is all stretching on the floor. The one thing that I do add in at the end is a quadricep stretch.
Friendly, upbeat attitude that makes this workout even more enjoyable.