Denise Austin
Year Released: 1997

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Total Body Workouts

Let me say right off the bat that I am "choreographically impaired", and for that reason I have always detested aerobics. I like the repetion of resistance training. This interval training video combines aerobics with weight work, with the emphasis on the cardio. My heart rate went up and stayed there for almost the entire workout (weighted segments also), and even poor ole' me could follow the aerobic parts. I got a great cardio workout. Don't get this video if you are looking for a heavy duty resistance training segment because it isn't there. But there is enough to consider a light weight day, and the way it is choreographed your heart rate stays up even during the weights sections. I use this video on the days I want cardio work but don't feel like using the treadmill. The legwork towards the end is standing leg work, and helps bring your heartrate down slowly, which I find is a good segue into the floorwork and abs. This tape has a good solid ab section at the end, and an adequate stretch. I get a good cardio workout, worked up a good sweat and felt like I had accomplished something good at the end of the tape. I give this tape a firm "A", and recommend it to intermediate exercisers.

Instructor Comments:
I have read many of the reviews of Denise's videos, and frankly, I can't agree with the negative tones of many of them. I am a solid intermediate exerciser, and I like her upbeat style. Yes, she is perky and energetic, but hey, I don't want a drone motivating my exercise programs. I have no problems with her cueing, although I have seen her get out of step a time or two. Personally, I don't mind because I like a "real person" approach--someone who isn't PERFECT that I can never live up to. I am a perfectionist, but doing her videos I feel like I can attain my goals. Some of the other instructors are so physically daunting that I almost hate to do the videos because I feel like their physique level is beyond my grasp. I find her a solid, consistent instructor who does a good job on motivation and instruction.

Terri Osborne