The New Body BarKeli Roberts
Year Released: 1999
Categories: Body Bar , Total Body Workouts
I recently acquired Keli Roberts' New Body Bar Workout from the Exchange (thanks, Sheri), and I have to say that I am SO GLAD that I got this tape! I had been shying away from it since I already have Keli's Body Bar Challenge, but this one is different and just as good! Before I sat down to write this review I went back and read the ones that already have been written, and I had to laugh. If you want my assessment of the video, go back and read Mandy Lee's review and you'll have it! :-)
I believe that the main shortcoming of these body bar videos is that if you do them the way they are demonstrated, they don't give you the opportunity to use a different weight for different exercises. However, with slight modifications (and I generally like to do tapes as is) this can be a workout to suit all levels. I used my 25 lb. Firm barbell and my 15 lb. body bar during the entire workout, and it was perfect. It's a great endurance workout, not unlike Body Pump in focus (although it would be tough to beat Body Pump's music). With the slow reps, tempo changes and pulses with each exercise, they'll really get you! The upper and lower body segments are very well-balanced. I love the pushup section! As usual, Keli ends with a great stretch (although I like the stretch at the end of her Body Bar Challenge tape better). My only (minor) complaint is that I wish the ab section were longer. It's a shame, with how excellent Keli's ab sections can be, that she didn't take advantage of that in this video. The obliques aren't specifically worked in this video. My guess as to why the ab section was so brief is that I guess Keli really wanted the focus to be on using the body bar for all the exercises. That's OK; you can really always just tack on another ab segment if you want more abs. All in all, a great workout! I highly recommend it. It's an A for me!
Keli's form is great, she's enthusiastic but not in an overbearing way, she's friendly, her form pointers are great, and she makes it seem like she's working out right along with you. She's one of my favorite instructors (and how I love to listen to her talk)!