Jane Fonda's Total Body Workout

Jane Fonda
Year Released: 1989

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Total Body Workouts

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This tape has three segments--upper body weights, a 30 minute aerobics section, and lower body (including abs) weights. Jane leads the weights exclusively and is cheerful without being annoying. The class shows variations on the moves. The lunges, for instance, are shown as stationary lunges, stationary with weights, step lunges or step lunges with weights. The whole tape runs 65 minutes including warm up, upper body, aerobics, lower body and streches.

The aerobics (which I usually skip) are good for beginners or intermediates. The moves aren't too complicated and the music, while it isn't anything special, isn't terribly intrusive and aggravating. Jeannie is OK in the segments she leads--a bit perky. Laurel is just downright grating--her segment involves a lot of silly "shake your tailfeather" and "tip your hat" things that I think are dumb.

There are two things about this video that I don't like. First is the "costumes"--Jane has two little plastic bows in her hair that make her look juvenile and detract from her usual dignity. The rest of the class (female members) have big foofy bows in their hair, animal print leotards and big jewelry on. They all look ridiculous.

The second thing that I dislike about this video is that during the weights segments, there are people (the class participants?) making very embarrasing noises--"oooh yesss" and "ai-ai-ai." It's not like the canned whoops in the "CRUNCH" vidoes--it's worse.

If you can get past the outfits and the sound effects from the participants, this is a decent (although not overly challenging) workout. Good for beginners or for intermediates who want a light workout. After 6 months, though, you'll probably want to pass it on to another novice or save it for your "easy" or "off" days.

Tracy L.