100 Reps

Katrina Rich
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Total Body Workouts

Here's a test to see if this video is right for you. Pick up a 12 or 10 pound weight and do 100 overhead French presses at a fairly fast clip, without stopping. If you find yourself smiling more at the end of that than at the beginning, you might just be the certain kind of sicko you need to be to enjoy this video. Welcome.

There would be a lot of reasons not to like this video. First off, I received a DVD-R that isn't chaptered and only plays on my laptop. It was filmed in a gym and isn't going to win any awards for sound quality. It's unscripted (meaning the instructor repeats herself often) and contains whooping. The cueing isn't top notch and the count is often off from the music in the background (I wonder if they just played a CD in the studio because Katrina has to talk louder when the music starts and softer between songs). Also, as you go to buy, you'll have that nagging feeling about why, oh why, would you need a video to count to 100 for you?

But I still love this video! I even caught myself laughing and having fun during it. Many of those factors I mentioned earlier that would drive me batty in a more traditional workout don't matter a whole lot in this one to me. You really are doing 100 reps of most exercises. That is grueling at times. Katrina is slightly goofy, which helps quite a bit. The homespun quality of the workout (background exercisers wearing regular old t-shirts, etc.) is fine with me on this one.

It isn't just several sets of 100 reps. Katrina splits up some sets and also varies the speed of others. She reminds you to watch your form and encourages you to keep going - very important when you round rep 50 and very much want to lie down and watch bad TV.

You will only need several dumbbells. A mat and a bench or step (no risers needed) are also useful but not necessary. I started with 12 pound weights and went down to 3's on some exercises. For the last few reps, you may use no weights.

Instructor Comments:
She's upbeat and very fit. She will manage to make you smile despite doing a pretty tough routine. There are times when she stops lifting in order to talk. Just remember to keep going. As she says, it's not so bad if you're smiling. Hey, it's actually kind of fun!