Fat Burning BreakthroughKathy 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.
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.