Secrets of a Great Upper Body

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 1993

Categories: Upper Body Strength

A good warmup is provided, but I would have liked a longer stretch in the cooldown. Overall, the tape is good, with a few exceptions. The speed of transitioning between moves is much, much too fast, even with familiarity with the tape and having all the equipment in place. I have to pause the video frequently to keep up, which is annoying. The speed at which the individual exercises is done allows a person to use momentum (ie cheat), especially for the shoulders and flys. You might as well ignore Kathy's suggestions to use controlled movements and not to use momentum for some of the moves. As another reader mentioned, the tape is lacking in lat work. It would be nice if the exercisers other than Kathy smiled more - they are all so serious!

However, she uses a nice combination of standing, seated and floor work. The level is high end beginner/low end intermediate.

Instructor Comments:
Kathy is encouraging without being to "rah-rah" cheerleader-ish. Her body positioning is excellent. It would be helpful if she counted down the reps for those of us who look away from the screen momentarily.

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