Lean Legs & BunsKaren Voight
Year Released: 1991
Categories: Lower Body Strength
On cardio work, I am an intermediate exerciser who enjoys with intermediate to advanced choreography. I also enjoy my ďeasierĒ workouts on those mornings I donít feel like thinking that much. With strength work, I am an intermediate exerciser, who doesnít really want to move up to advanced work. I have really enjoyed getting into workouts on the ball and Pilates as an alternative to traditional strength training.
When I do workouts with weights, I prefer workouts which will lead to gains in my capability. Whether it is power lifting, endurance, AWT, or anything else, I like to feel like I have made some gain in strength or endurance or some of both. This workout is a high rep, no- to little-weight workout. In her introduction, Karen positions this as a muscle conditioning (as opposed to strength) workout. That makes sense given that the workout uses your own body weight and light ankle weights. The exercises in this tape were reminiscent for me of Step & Tone. They were done in the same era and are both high rep/low weight workouts, so I guess that makes sense. The moves in this workout were better instructed and a lot less fun than Step & Tone.
Karen does the workout with four background exercisers in a workout studio type of set. There is a warm-up and calf work, then a squat segment using the step, and hamstring work with the step, a high stool, and ankle weights. In the squat segment, she added arm movements to the squats. They just annoyed me, so I left them out. She gives lots of form pointers and it was clear what I was to do.
Overall, I really didnít like this workout. It just didnít have enough of an emphasis on strength or endurance. It was more of a pure ďtoningĒ workout. I also didnít find it fun at all. Iíve had this workout in my hand at Ross multiple times. Iím glad I ended up trading for it!
She gives excellent instruction and is more animated than in some of her other workouts from the same era.