No More Couch Potato Kids: Strength and Shape (aka Strength & Shape: a teenage w

Stu Kaminsky
Year Released: 1993

Categories: Children and Teens

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The goal of this video is to present a basic strength workout appropriate for teenage exercisers. Unfortunately, this admirable goal is betrayed by the poor sound quality on this video. At times it is difficult to understand the instructor, Stu Kaminsky, but this is due to the sound quality, not Stu's instruction. The exercises are easy to follow, though Stu's form pointers sometimes get lost in the music.

Stu guides three teen exercisers (Dan, Eddie, and Sarah) through a warm up, basic strength training exercises with and without light weights, and a cooldown stretch. He shows several variations of most exercises, and gives form pointers throughout. The workout includes squats (without weights), push-ups, crunches, leg lifts, upright rows, bicep curls, lunges, shoulder presses, bent over rows and toe raises.

Because teenagers are unpredictable creatures, I cannot say whether or not this video would be appealing to your partcicular teenager. The teens in the video look rather bored. The producers have attempted to give the video an MTV look with prism-like borders around the screen and some jerky slo-mo camera work.

This video is available from EarthSmart, Inc., PO Box 115, Lincroft, NJ 07738-0115. Tel: 1-800-EXERCI-4. $19.95 incl. tax and shipping.