Fat Burning Breakthrough

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 2000

Categories: Step Aerobics

I just did this interval workout for the first time and was pleasantly surprised by it. I was planning to do Gin Miller's Intense Moves, another interval workout I've never tried, but the preview made me nervous and Kathy Smith seemed a bit less scary. I consider myself an intermediate exerciser, about 15 lbs over my ideal healthy weight. This workout was surprisingly tough in terms of intensity (it's always humbling when Kathy Smith kicks your butt, when she comes across as so harmless). In terms of complexity, I found it manageable and just challenging enough to keep it interesting. The high intensity segments were TOUGH. I hate lunges and try to avoid them in steady-state cardio, but in interval blasts I can see how effective they are to get your heart rate into the anaerobic range. In order to keep the video purely cardio, I just continued stepping through the short weight lifting segments.

So I grudgingly have to admit that the workout is a keeper.

Instructor Comments:
I am one of the many many VF members who doesn't particularly like Kathy Smith. Her voice seems a little too high pitched, and her demeanor (and breasts) seems a little too perky. But I have developed a respect for her ability to deliver solid, effective, well-produced, non-gimmicky workouts that are widely available, relatively inexpensive, and don't require purchasing a lot of unnecessary equipment.