Step and Sculpt

Jay Blahnik, Linda McHugh
Year Released: 1995

Categories: Step Aerobics

On cardio work, I am an intermediate exerciser who is playing with advanced choreography. So, in the past few months, I have acquired a lot of tapes with advanced choreography. At some point, I decided that it would be nice to have a few workouts that are less complex, but still give me a good workout. This tape is one that I acquired through a trade in this quest.

I assume this workout is the step companion to Low Impact and Stretch Challenge, because they both have the same group of background exercisers and is set on the same set. Many of my comments will sound familiar if you read that other review.

Jay Blahnik and Linda McHugh lead this workout with four background exercisers. The set is plain, but not bad – it looks like a workout space with wood floors and plain walls. The music was more fun than the usual Dynamix type stuff. There is a fair amount of whooping at a few points in the workout, but they all seemed to having such a good time that I didn’t mind.

Jay and Linda teach the warm up and cool down together. At times, it’s hard to tell who is “officially” leading, but they do it so seamlessly it doesn’t matter. They trade off teaching the four combinations in between. Here are some details about the workout:

> 1st combo, Linda leads. A lot of fun with kee ups, mambos, turns, and hip swings.

> 2nd combo, Jay leads. Turn steps, moving on and off the step, steps on top of the bench with upper body moves, lunges from on top of the step. Went through the first side of this combination, then combined it with the first combination. Then, did the second side of the second combination and then combined the two combinations together on both sides.

> 3rd combo, Jay leads. Steps on and over the step, scoops on top of the step, and repeaters.

> 4th combo, Linda leads. Step up, straddle over the step, step taps, and knee ups. Then, they combined the third and fourth combinations.

Step portion lasted 40 minutes. It was followed by a 10-minute sculpt portion. I did not do this section, but here are the moves:

>Lunges off step
>Upper body moves on top of step with tubing
>More lunges off the step
>Push-ups off end of the step
>Crunches on the step

The workout ends with a stretch.

Instructor Comments:
These two instructors have something special in their workouts together. They have a lot of fun. They blend their leading together.

Laura S.