Great Buns and Thighs Workout

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 1993

Categories: Step Aerobics

This is a great video, a tough workout that produces good results. The timeline on the back of the box is quite accurate, there is a 9 minute warm-up, and I'm in the low end of my target heartrate zone by the end of the warmup and ready to go. Then there is a 16 minute aerobic step segment in which Kathy begins to specifically work your buns and thighs. The second segment is more focused on toning, doing all standing large muscle exercises that still keep your heart rate aerobic, at least if you are an intermediate or intermediate/advanced exerciser, perhaps that might not be the case for the super-advanced folks. Segment three is a short (10 minute) but fairly intense set of isolations. Another reviewer called them "useless", I've never heard of anyone thinking isolations are useless before! Segment three is all floorwork and the hamstring work in particular is quite intense. Cooldown is a nice set of lying stretches. I am an intermediate exerciser right now but have been challenged by this even when I considered myself fairly advanced (a couple babies ago!). If you do this tape all the way through, you will DEFINITELY feel it in your butt and legs unless you are used to doing superadvanced stuff. This is a great workout for the other 99% of us! I am in my target heart rate zone for about 30 minutes (last half of warmup, plus sections one and two), and working on strength at the same time. It's an extremely efficient workout timewise because it combines the two. The music is pretty good, Kathy's personality is a nice middle ground between too much and too little. A definite keeper in my book!

Instructor Comments:
Kathy is a great cue-er and seems to find a nice middle ground between being too chatty and too stoic.

susan p