Great Weighted Workout

Karen Voight
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Lower Body Strength , Total Body Workouts, Upper Body Strength

I have never done this video all the way through before. It's eighty minutes, which I COULD do but I like to do upper-body one day, lower-body the next, and also I've read that doing more than 45 minutes of weight-training at a time is a waste becasue after that time testosterone levels go down, especially in women who have hardly any testosterone anyway.

So I do the warm-up and arms portion that lasts about 40 minutes on one day, and my own warmup and the legs portion on another day.

The arms portion (which is a bit of a misnomer on my part, as there are lower-body mover here, too) go pretty fast, so I stay with 3-pound weights. But I definitely feel it.

The lower-body portion is done on the floor, and has side leg-lifts, donkey-kicks and work for the quads. Karen uses a body ball for some moves but I use a dumbell. I just don't GET body-balls- they seem like they'd be really hard to hold, and no better than dumbells.

The abs portion can be done with a body-ball or dumbell (guess which I use!) and I think it's pretty effective (though for my money you can't go past Firm Five-day abs for abdominal work).

The music of this video is fairly non-descript, and the set is just a room. I'm big on atmosphere in videos but this is a great workout so all is forgiven.

Emily H