Body Bar: Challenge

Keli Roberts
Year Released: 1999

Categories: Body Bar , Total Body Workouts

I was a bit disappointed with this tape; I expected it to be tougher than Keli's Body Bar Workout tape but it was not. It was an average total body weight training tape, and it had some flaws.

First, there are some exercises for the obliques done lying on your side, but there are no other exercises for the abs. Second, the music is the same generally boring music that I've heard on other Body Bar tapes. Third, there are too few reps of everything.

There are squats and lunges for the lower body, which include some plyometrics. For the upper body, there are some bent over rows; Keli uses the Body Bar, but I find this awkward, so I substitute a dumbbell. Same goes for bent-over and standing lateral raises---I substituted a dumbbell for the Body Bar. There are some cleans followed by clean and presses, some upright rows, pushups, lying triceps presses and bench presses. There is also some floor work for inner and outer thighs using the Bar. I liked the standing rear leg lifts and hamstring curls using the Bar over the foot.

The best part of this tape was the stretch. The music for this section was nice and relaxing and I like Keli's voice. The stretch section was long, and concentrated on the lower body. There were some upper body stretches as well, where you are on your hands and knees and reach your arm forward and sit back to stretch. I didn't care for these.

Overall, I would give this tape a B.

Keli is a very good instructor, but this is not her best tape. I like her personality, which is warm and caring and down-to-earth. I also like her voice and her accent. I've seen Keli look in better shape than in this video, and she seemed to be working very hard on several of the exercises, including the push-ups. That bothered me because I don't like to see the instructor struggling.