Low Impact, High Intensity

Charlene Prickett

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

I use this video when I want to work out without having to dance. Be prepared to sweat! Alternating between intense and less intense athletic moves and using the most basic of choreography, Charlene and her crew complete a seven-minute warm-up and proceed to fly through 44 minutes of low impact aerobics meant to keep the blood flowing. Collage advertises this workout as intermediate, but if you do it exactly the same way as Charlene does, making those squats and lunges deep and keeping those knees high, you can bump up the intensity into the inter/adv range with no trouble at all. Charlene even sneaks some balance work in during the recovery periods from the more intense aerobic charges. Once the aerobics are over, there is a nice nine minutes of cool down and stretch. As always, Charlene suggests less intense moves for those having an off-day or who aren't quite up to working hard. This video isn't for everyone, but if you want a long, low impact, intense floor aerobic workout, try it.

Instructor Comments:
Charlene is definitely the Chat Queen of exercise videos, a quality that could get on some viewers' nerves. However, she is motivating, fun, and cues well. She has an excellent rapport with her team members, Renee, Laurie, and Douaine. And to be perfectly fair, the chit-chat does make this challenging video fly by.

Paula Weber