Tie One On

Charlene Prickett
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

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Iím reviewing this workout after doing it once.

General workout breakdown: Carolynís already given a good overview of this, so Iíll just add some details.
This mostly low impact high/low or floor aerobics video runs almost exactly 60 min.
After about a 40 sec. intro from Charlene, the first song (5 min.) starts off slowly with basic moves into a basic combo to warm you up.
Charlene and her crew lead you through multiple short combos or blocks of relatively simple choreography, drawing from basic aerobics and simple athletic moves. Her combos are never particularly long (usually 3-6 steps or so combined together), and Charlene tends to do a few repetitions of a step before moving onto the next in the combo, so you wonít be combining a lot of different steps into an elaborate pattern. There is no TIFTing (taking it from the top); once youíre done with a combo, you throw it away. That surprised me: I expected with a title like Tie One On Charlene would be adding on blocks to build up a routine, but I guess the name comes from the fact sheís tying moves onto each other to make little combos.
Charlene ends with a slower song with simpler, smaller steps to cool you down (about 2 min.), followed by fairly long held static stretches for the hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, and hip flexors plus a little balance work to strengthen the ankle (just over 7.5 min.).

Level: Iíd recommend this to intermediate exercisers comfortable with basic hi/lo choreography. I agree with Carolyn that the ďadvancedĒ designation seems to be because of the length rather than the intensity or complexity. If you have some endurance but still work out around a beg./int. level, this would be a good challenge. More int./adv. exercisers should put some oomph into the moves to make this a moderate steady state workout.
Iím normally an int./adv. exerciser, but Iím doing cardio at a more intermediate level these days between my recent health issues and the heat of summer taking over my workout space. I do love choreography, including choreography with TIFTing, but I donít always want to do something complex. I was able to follow this one without any troubles the first time through. This one packs a surprising punch in terms of cardiovascular challenge: I wasnít expecting this to be that intense after preview, but itís one where you more than get out of it what you put into it.

Music: I agree with Carolyn that not only is the music too low but also a more interesting soundtrack than this generic upbeat exercise video stuff would have boosted this workoutís fun factor.

Set: You know, Iím indifferent to the all-white set. I donít love it, but I donít hate it, and it doesnít keep me from enjoying the workout, either. Iíd rather have too little than too much going on in a set, although is extreme minimalism, and if I had to choose, Iíd rather have bright than dark, not that I have any real objections to the Evolution ďblack abyssĒ set or Leslie Sansoneís so-called ďbat cave.Ē I didnít find the set as disorientating as I thought Iíd might as long as the camera stayed still, but when it started panning up or down I experienced some spatial confusion. (Despite my comment on sets in my reviews, I usually could care less. I can count on one hand the number of times a set has been a contributing factor Ė but never the main reason Ė Iíve gotten rid of a workout.)

Production: clear picture and sound, camera angles that are more helpful than not.

Equipment: a pair of sneakers.

Space Requirements: You should be able to take a step or two in all directions (front, back, left, right). I probably could have share my space of about 5-6í deep and 7-8í wide with someone else while doing this workout.

DVD Notes: Your main menu options are Warm Up, Cardio Component (there are no chapters within the bulk of the workout), Cool Down, and Stretch.
It may be worth noting that my copy, which I purchased recently, came in one of those slim plastic cases.

Comments: I bought this at the same time as I bought Stand Up and Be Some Body. That has two separate hi/lo workouts of almost 30 min. each instead of one hour-long workout. Tie One On resembles the basic format of the first workout on Be Some Body, which consists of separate blocks that arenít TIFTed together, but is about the same intensity of the second workout, where the moves have a little more oomph. The choreography and concluding stretches are similar across both DVDs, but I didnít feel like Tie One On was merely one of the Be Some Body workouts expanded out to fill an hour because Charlene combines steps in a way thatís just different enough to make the choreography feel distinct from one to the other. Which one you should get depends entirely upon which one would fit better in your workout time slot. I happen to have some need for both half-hour- and hour-long workouts, so Iím happy to have both, but youíre not missing an amazing, fantastic, party in a box workout if you only opt for one of this pair.

I happen to be a big fan of steady state hi/lo workouts, which are totally out of style these days with the athletic interval and dance workout crazes. I have to work hard at cardio endurance. The best way for me to develop and then keep endurance is to do longer, more moderate workouts with some consistency, and choreography is the sugar that makes that medicine go down for me, as I need to have some mental engagement when Iím working out (unlike my dh, for example, who wants to zone out). This is the sort of workout to fill that void on days when a walking video seems too unexciting but when Iím not prepared to spin and/or keep a lot of combos in my head.
I was so close to getting this one when Collage carried it several years back but didnít for some reason. Iím glad itís still available on Charleneís site.

Instructor Comments:
Charlene and her crew all cue live. Charlene is the main cuer, but the other two contribute as well. They make you feel like youíre in class with them, so the tone is more conversational and casual than slick and polished (and I love Charleneís face when the other two start talking about coffee, of which Charlene clearly doesnít approve). The cuing is good. In fact, itís maybe too good in spots: one of the background exercisers / fellow instructors counts down during repeater knees or moves with more than a few repetitions, which is good for the first times through but feels like overkill when sheís still doing it during the last run-throughs. For the few directional cues Charlene does seem to try to mirror cue (meaning cue for the viewerís right and left rather than her own), but generally the best policy is just to watch and follow along.



i love charlene, her friends and her low impact cardio workouts (floor and step) and this one is no different.

it is billed as an advanced level workout though and i really dont see why. i would say that it is at the intermediate level. maybe she says that it is advanced because it is 60 minutes long?? i dunno, but i still say that it is intermediate...lol.

lots of fun and easy choreography in this one as well as her others. done on the pure white background but charlene and her 2 friends wear red outfits so they are certainly easy to see on the screen.

my only real complaint about this workout is the lack of music. there is some but it is so low that i could barely hear it, so it might as well not been there
at all. some good music would have really been the icing on the cake for this workout.

i still enjoyed it quite a bit and it did not make me feel like i was going to keel over. actually i found the cardio to be moderate so next time i will use bigger movements to up the cardio factor.

Instructor Comments:

Carolyn Visser