Gotta Sweat: Step On It

Cory Everson
Year Released: 1996

Categories: Step Aerobics

Blech. I found this at a garage sale for $2. Thank heavens I didn't pay full price for it. The back cover says it contains songs from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. It does, but they're more instrumental-type things you've never heard, not popular songs. That's okay, I could have lived with that. What I couldn't live with was Cory's complete incompetence as an instructor. She can do the moves, but she can't teach. She may have improved since, I don't know. But in this 1991 video, her cueing, when it exists, is horrendous. If she feels like it, she'll cue *after* the move has already started. If she doesn't feel like cueing, well, she doesn't. If you don't mind her poor instruction, the moves themselves are fun with a little bit of a dance flavor in some instances. The choreography is beginner/intermediate, and the intensity is also beginner/intermediate. For advanced exercisers, you will probably find the tempo a little on the slow side.

In this video, Cory shows absolutely no skills as an instructor.

This is definitely a "mixed" review. The video has a quick warm-up of about 3 minutes, 30 minutes of stepping divided up into 10 minute segments, and a 4 minute cool-down. The steps are simple, and based on self-defense moves, so it is a nice change of pace from traditional step moves. However, I would hesitate to recommend to beginners because the cool-down is really inadequate. The last 10 minutes of stepping a pretty intense, and then it just cuts to Michelle LeMay standing in place for a brief cool down. I can feel my heart rate is still really high-I think they should at least march in place and tap the step before starting the ending stretches. So I would say this tape is for intermediates-and maybe walk in place on your own for the last segment before the cool-down.

Susan Daiber