Lean Legs & Buns

Karen Voight
Year Released: 1991

Categories: Lower Body Strength

This tape is a very solid, choreographed lower body toning tape, and represents an excellent demonstration of proper form which is valuable to anyone who does a lot of power stepping--the form pointers hold true for many power moves as well as these toning segments. The light jazz soundtrack is the same as in her "Firm Arms & Abs" tape, which can be annoying if you own both. The tape starts with a drill which teaches you to isolate the gluteal muscles while keeping the knees over the toes.

Karen starts with a calf section as part of the warm up, using the step for several variations on the basic calf raise. After the warm up, Karen uses the step for a series of squats, uneven squats and lunges. She even works in some power moves, which are taught VERY carefully and slowly. Because you are using the large leg and gluteal muscles, the workout is mildly aerobic, especially for beginner and intermediate exercisers. The ending section uses ankle weights and a chair to work the hamstrings and includes a traditional floor section for inner and outer thighs.

FIRM fans who are used to doing squats, dips, lunges, and leg presses with 10-15 pound dumbells won't be challenged, but everyone else will be. Actually, even FIRM fans would get a great lower body endurance workout with this tape.