Functionally Fit: Peak Fat Burning

Kathy Smith
Year Released: 1996

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

This is an interval training workout. For two minutes you perform high intensity aerobics as hard as you can, afterwards there is a two minute recovery period in which Kathy instructs you through some lower body exercises designed to take your heart rate down so that you can get ready for the next interval. There are a total of six intervals.

The high intensity aerobics consists of both basic (not dancy) high and low impact moves. These are real basic moves as Kathy says "you use in everyday life." I don't like real dancy moves so this workout was perfect for me. I found the basic choreography both fun and challenging There are two other women working out behind Kathy in the video. One shows you the beginner's moves and the other shows you the more advanced moves which are higher impact.

I consider myself to be at the intermediate/advanced level. I followed the moves of the advanced level instructor and I find that I get a good workout. This video is a great introduction to interval training and I prefer this one more than the NAC's Interval Challenge video because in Kathy's, during the recovery phases, you also get a good lower body workout consisting of lots of squats which I like.

The workout is only about 40 minutes total and I tend to do it on days when I don't have a lot of time or I don't feel like killing myself. Some at the advanced level have commented that this video is not hard enough for them. Since I have bought this tape, it has become a little easier for me too but to make it harder, I add more high impact moves to the workout and increase my range of motion and I find myself dripping at the end of the tape.

This tape will always hold a special place in my heart. I have lost 40 lbs and when I was at my halfway point I hit a plateau and could not get over it. I bought this tape and did it 2-3 times a week and it pushed me right off it. I highly recommend this tape.