Fat Burning Breakthrough

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 2000

Categories: Step Aerobics

Fat Burning Breakthrough is currently my favorite Kathy Smith video. It really gets your heart rate up in each of the two waves, but you get a break after the first wave with some weights so the second wave isn't so bad. The time goes by quickly as it doesn't have too much repetition. The outdoor setting is pleasant. Madeline Lewis, who choreographed most of Kathy's videos, is exercising with the group and seems to bring out Kathy's fun personality. All of the pluses of this video far outweigh the couple of errors Kathy makes in naming upcoming moves. Highly recommended!

Instructor Comments:
Kathy Smith has improved over the years. In her older videos (Winning Workout, Ultimate Video Workout, Tone Up, Body Basics), she cued opposite regarding right and left, and gave the impression that she was more concerned with keeping her group from messing up than ensuring that the viewer will follow the workout well. If every Jazzercise instructor in the Nation can cue right and left for the viewer's perspective, then why can't Kathy Smith? Just a pet peeve of mine. In her more recent videos she does cue correctly and her form is very good, but she still has some timing problems, and occasionally has a condescending manner in dealing with her assistants. Fat Burning Breakthrough is my current favorite, because it's a good workout in a short amount of time, and she is confident and doesn't do any of the annoying things mentioned above. She makes a couple of errors in naming the upcoming move, but heck nobody's perfect.

Elizabeth P.