Secrets of a Great Upper Body

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 1993

Categories: Upper Body Strength

My basic impression is that this is a good workout for a beginner or for someone who is starting back into weights. It's also good for more advanced people who want a quick, very basic upper body workout. This tape covers chest, shoulders, triceps, back, biceps and abs. There are no more than 2 sets for any exercise, and for some exercises, there is only one set. There are 2 exercises for each body part, except for shoulders, which has 3 exercises. It moves pretty quickly from one exercise to the next.

From Kathy's introduction at the beginning, I was expecting a more thorough workout and one that would be appropriate for my level, which is advanced. I would choose Cory Everson's Get Hard Arms & Shoulders or Cathe Friedrich's MIS, PS or CTX strength, rather than this tape.

There are some exercises that I found to be in poor form, potentially injury-provoking and/or difficult to follow. Those included the shoulder front raises, which Kathy did with the palm facing up, the bent-over row, which Kathy did with the elbow going out to the side, and the bent-over trapezius shrugs.

I'd rate this tape a B.