Functionally Fit: Lower Body Firming

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 1996

Categories: Lower Body Strength

This is not an exciting video, as others have mentioned, but it is very effective. I don't enjoy lower body work, so I found the length--two 12-minute workouts--perfect. Even I can motivate myself to exercise for 12 minutes! My one complaint is that the 2nd workout contains exactly the same exercises as the 1st workout. The only difference--and it's a big difference in terms of what your legs feel--is that instead of alternating right and left legs as you do in workout 1, you go through the entire series of exercises on the right leg and then go through the entire series again on the left. While I appreciate what this does for my legs, it bores me silly. So I have a feeling I won't be doing both workouts very often. No matter: workout 1 alone is enough to make me quite sore the next day, and at 12 minutes, it's a great add-on.

I also like that there are no lunges in this video--only variations of squats. This workout feels a bit safer for my knees than many other tapes I've done.

Instructor Comments:
Kathy's form pointers are excellent in this video: the beginning exerciser will learn proper form and the experienced exerciser will find tips that help intensify the moves.