Real Fitness: Ultimate StepKeli Roberts
Year Released: 1993
Categories: Step Aerobics
I, too, give this tape an A-. (Minus for slightly confusing cueing).
This was my very first step tape. I haven't attemped step since 4 years ago when I lasted about 10 minutes in a step class. They were using large wooden boxes at least 8 inches high. So, attempting step again was a little daunting.
Since the tape says it has three sections, for beginning, intermediate, and advanced, I half-expected to stop after the first section. I went easily through all three. What I really love about this tape is that it confirmed for me that with adequate instruction and cues, and with fun choreography, and a bench closer to 6 inches, I *can* do step aerobics, and get a great workout. Some aerobics classes and tapes are so confusing I spend most of my time trying to figure out the steps rather than working out - not so with this tape.
I really like how Keli taught the leg movements first, with simple arm movements, and then the arms get more complex. The arm movements aren't just for show, either, I feel some slight muscle soreness afterwards! The only thing that threw me off is that she doesn't always say when to start on the right or left, but it was easy to get after a few times.
The other thing I appreaciate is that Keli sweats in this video. My main video experience being the FIRM, I was pleasantly suprised by this bit of realism! A great video, that will take me a long time to get bored with!