Getting Fit in Jerusalem (aka Best of Bodies In Motion III)

Gilad Janklowicz
Year Released: 1998

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

It seems that everyone has this video on their wish list, but nobody has reviewed it yet! So I guess I am the first.

As a video exerciser who has just crossed the threshold from beginner to intermediate, I have to say that this video is great. If you are familiar with Gilad's aerobics and toning moves from his TV show or from other videos, then none of the routines will surprise you. Very basic, athletic-style movements (some high-impact), with a couple of kickboxing moves tossed in.

What makes this video special is the production. The scenery is amazing(obviously). There is a live band playing cool Middle Eastern style music that is an interesting change of pace from the usual video soundtrack. Also, there are some very funny shots of a Bedouin leading a camel who occasionally wanders onto the set. The only thing I could have done without is the shimmying bellydancer who winds up each section, but she is not on for long enough to really bug me.

I really felt as if I'd gotten a good workout from this tape. My heart rate stayed in the target zone throughout the aerobic section (which is 25 minutes) Gilad doesn't use weights in the toning parts, but I did and got a minor pump. I'm not sure I will be doing the toning portions much, since I rely on the FIRM for my strength training. Other than that, it's a keeper!

Instructor Comments:
As always, super-motivating. Good cuing and good attention to form. I also like the segments in which his mom, Ora, participates.

Sasha Castel