Tighter Assets Cardio Blast

Tamilee Webb
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

Iím reviewing this workout after doing it a number of times since acquiring it almost two years ago.

General workout breakdown: After a short 3 minute warm up combining basic aerobics moves and stretching, Tamilee leads you through about 27 minutes of cardio. There is a 2 minute cool down with a quick stretch for a total of 34 minutes.
In the cardio section Tamilee teaches 5 sections. She first breaks down one or two basic moves, then adds in a plyometric and finally a balance move (e.g. a step touch becomes a lateral hop and later a hop with a hold every third move). The first and last sections are not as intense, which is appropriate given their placement towards the beginning or end of the workout. Most of the moves are based on athletic (e.g. jogging, hops) and hi/lo aerobics (e.g. mambo, shuffle, repeater) styles, although Tamileeís style definitely is more athletic than dancy. Iíve read that people consider this too dancy. I guess thatís in comparison to walking videos, but this is nowhere near Christi Taylor, Rob Glick, Marcus Irwin, Patrick Goudeau, etc.

Level: I wouldnít recommend this to someone who didnít consider themselves at least an intermediate with respect to cardiovascular activity. I first got TA when I was just switching from beginner to intermediate, and it was super tough. Now that Iím at least a solid to high intermediate (I normally do Christi, Rob, Marcus, and Patrickís hi/lo as well as Cathe and Janis Saffellís kickboxing, for example), I still get a great workout, but I donít feel wiped out afterwards. An advanced exerciser might find this a good, quick lighter day workout or something to tack on before or after weights, yoga, Pilates, etc.
And this is definitely a workout where you get out of it what you put into it.
Overall the choreography is pretty basic; I donít remember having much difficulty picking up the moves the first time around and felt comfortable with them the second time. Tamilee expects you to know what a grapevine is, for example, but otherwise the moves are basic. A real choreography junkie would find this boring.
Since there are plyometric-type jumps (I guess theyíre more power moves than pure plyometrics), shuffles, and pivots, Iíd rate this fairly high impact. I canít remember feeling this in my knees, but someone with sensitive knees and/or feet could have problems with it.

Class: 2 young blond women work out with Tamilee. I remember reading somewhere that one woman is in her 20s, the other in her 30s, and Tamilee is in her 40s. I canít recall the source, but it looks about right.

Music / Set / Other Production Notes: The beat-heavy music is instrumental (except for the first song) and standard exercise video stuff. The brightly lit set has a few pieces of exercise equipment scattered around off of the hardwood floors. (This is the standard set used in the Natural Journeys videos, but here the ďwindowsĒ are covered with dark cityscapes.) As you might expect from Natural Journeys, the picture and sound quality are very good.

Equipment: sneakers.

Comments: You may want to eliminate the pivots if youíre on carpet, and you may want to expand the warm-up and cool-down.
You donít need a ton of space for this workout. I do it in a space big enough to take one big step forward and backward and two big steps to each side, although I often skip the traveling part.

DVD Notes: The DVD allows you to select the chapter (each section, e.g. warm up or cardio section 3) or play the workout with music only. Bonus features include a 10 minute buns workout (with mostly squats), a nutrition guide with menus and recipes, a photo gallery of Tamilee, trailers for other Tamilee workouts, and testimonials from people who do Tamilee workouts with before & after pictures.

Conclusion: Itís a keeper. This video proves that a short workout can be intense, and itís great when you donít have a lot of time. Itís not the most exciting workout, but itís effective. I really donít do this as often as I should. . .
You donít have to have the other Tighter Assets workout (Weight Loss) to get the maximum benefit from Tighter Assets; I only have this one.
I think the moves are similar to those in 10 Minute Solution Carb Burner and Kathy Smithís Peak Fat Burning (although the latter is more athletic in style). I seem to be drawn to ďdancyĒ hi/lo, so I canít compare this to other workouts very well.

Instructor Comments:
Tamilee Webb is soft-spoken, serious (but not too much), and low key. She restricts her chatter to cueing, reminding you to pull in your core, etc. She mirror cues, although most of her directional cues involve pointing rather than saying ďrightĒ or ďleft.Ē