Real Fitness: Ultimate StepKeli Roberts
Year Released: 1993
Categories: Step Aerobics
I wanted to add another good review to this so that it would be pushed into the Hall of Fame. I still love this video after having it for 4 or 5 years. It is more repetitive than the more advanced videos (Cathe Friedrich, for example), but it's still a great workout. I'm at a high intermediate level, and when I did it this morning I was in my aerobic zone for the full 33 minutes of step. I think it's because Keli uses full range arm movements which helps to get the heart rate up. I remember when I first got this video that my arms would be so tired during the workout, but now that my strength and endurance has increased, its not a problem. Also, the choreography seems easy to me now, but when first learning it, it was a slight challenge. I think her cuing is good. She tends to point to where she wants you to go instead of saying left or right. One negative is that she starts all combos on the left leg and being right-handed, that mixed me up at first. Alot of the moves are just plain fun (the rear-end slap and the kick over the side of the step come to mind). Also, she adds various high impact moves throughout (jacks, hops onto the steps, runs on the step) that you can do if you want, so beginners could do this workout without the high intensity if they need to. I love this video because it's for all levels, has a great instructor with a great personality, good upbeat music, and a great ab section. I also love the relaxation at the end but whatever you do, don't watch Keli during it. It doesn't have a stretch at the end, so you'll have to add your own. I give this video an A+.
I think Keli is a great instructor. I think her cuing is good and I like how she encourages you to keep trying through the more difficult choreography segments. She seems to really enjoy herself and that helps me enjoy myself too.