Videos on Review
Walk off weight, work to the beat, learn to train, crunch with yoga or try Pilates for power
Reviewed by the residents of Judson Park Retirement Community, via Natalie Wilcox McCann of Seattle.
This video had participants walking in place, sliding, bouncing and clapping with a variety of intensities for a total of three miles, marked at each half-mile. The seniors at Judson Park liked the dynamic Sansone's direction and down-to-earth advice: "She was no peppy, overly-enthusiastic Denise Austin type," Wilcox McCann said. But they also said they'd be more interested in Sansone's one- or two-mile tapes. "This video was definitely a sweat-inducing workout!" Wilcox McCann liked the program's variety of movements and pace. "There were no tricky steps to master, but after completing the workout many times, I am still not bored! I heartily recommend this video to those who enjoy walking or doing easy aerobics at a fast pace."
"Fit to the Hits with Tamilee: Rock Hard Assets" (30 minutes, $14.98; www.naturaljourneys.com or 800-737-1825).
This medium-impact workout is done to classic-rock tunes, which Hartman found too much in the background to get into. "Tamilee also had several moments where she couldn't control herself from singing along. This was not a good thing," Hartman said. She thought that, aside from a few steps without instruction, the routines were fairly easy to follow. "I will continue to use this video when I want a light workout. Over time, I can learn to ignore the singing, and the dance moves were pleasant enough. I just wished it had been fun."
"The Warrior Workout" (54 minutes, $29.95; www.dragondoor.com; 800-899-5111).
"This is not a 'workout' tape, but rather an instructional tape," Needham said. A companion to the book "The Warrior Diet," it introduces the workout style of Ori Hofmekler, including five principles: cardio before your strength-training, cycle intense-resistance and high-velocity exercises, train under controlled fatigue, don't train to fail, keep it short. Needham found Hofmekler's style a bit stilted but said, "This is a great tape for someone who hasn't lifted weights before and needs visuals of how to do standard weight-lifting exercises. On the other end of the spectrum, this tape could also benefit those who may be in a rut with the standard 'three sets of 10 reps' weight-lifting routine. It could provide motivation to try super setting as well as a philosophy change, from lifting to get bigger to lifting for function."
"Crunch Fitness: Candlelight Yoga" (30 minutes, $9.95; www.collagevideo.com, 800-433-6769).
Klein, whose regular workout routine includes yoga, said this workout would be better suited to newcomers than those who had been practicing yoga a long time. She missed the names of poses, found the opening harp music pretty but too fast to be relaxing, and thought the eight demonstrators (teacher and seven students) to be six demonstrators too many. "Each time the camera panned to a new person, I would focus on what she was wearing, how old she was, how she was doing the posture, etc. It would have been better to have just the instructor and perhaps one other." She did like the one person showing modified poses, and also the shortness of the workout. "It's an easy-to-use, start-to-finish tape that I might use at the end of a busy work day, when I don't have time for a full hour of practice."
"Stott Pilates: Power Fitness Circle" (25 minutes, $14.95; www.stottpilates.com, 800-910-0001).
After five viewings, "I found the workout to be somewhat disappointing," said Hom, particularly with some of the arm and leg exercises, which he thought weren't of much benefit. He liked the ones for the abs, back, oblique abdominals and glutes, though, and thought the demonstrators were good and the on-screen counting useful. Hom said it was helpful that he had Pilates experience, but it wasn't essential. "One word of caution," Hom said, "is that some of these exercises may not be good for someone with a sore, injured or weak neck. There is a risk for neck strain for those who may have never had Pilates or yoga instruction or even having been taught to do sit-ups without straining their neck."
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