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Once again, thinking that I was in great shape, I added yet another workout to my library to "mix things up." Part of my workout routine includes alternating upper and lower body workouts within my usual routines, and since I have discovered "Karen Voight," I thought I would try her "Great Weighted Workout." The DVD allows one to "mix and match" routines, which work out to be approximately 35-40 minutes per upper or lower body, or do the entire workout, which is about 80 minutes. I had only been doing the "mix and match," which are pretty challenging in themselves, but finally decided to do the entire routine. WHEW! Because of the intensity of doing the "upper" and "lower" workouts, I knew the workout would be tough, and it is. I would not recommend this workout for beginners because of the intensity and fast pace, but if one is a beginner, one may want to "mix and match" and either begin with very light weights (dumbbells, ankle weights and a small body ball are used), or no weights at all until one is comfortable moving up a notch.
I use reasonably heavy weights (dumbbells and ankle) for my workouts, but because Karen's pace is very fast, I found myself not being able to keep up with the exercises using the heavy weights and stuck with 5 pound dumbbells for the upper body--I used my heavier weights and ankle weights for the lower body and abdomen sections, but during the standing lower body routine, Karen does combine both leg and arm movements with the dumbbells, so for the squats I could use the heavy weights--when she would work the arms (bicep and other moves) and legs together, it was difficult to keep the pace using heavier weights. I would definitely suggest that one keep several sets of weights (3-5-8+) in case one cannot keep up with the fast paced moves, or if the weights become too heavy one can lower the weight. Additionally, the DVD recommends "light dumbbells, ankle weights, a body ball and a mat..."
Although the release date is 1991, the routine is not dated. It is well structured with a good warm-up, standing lower body workout (squats and squats with arm movements using weights and quite a bit of "swinging" of the weights, which is why I would not recommend too heavy weights), a really fast-paced, thorough upper body weight workout (I was huffing and puffing by then!), and a lower body floor routine using ankle weights, a weighted body ball (I have never used these, but they look like a good alternative to using a weight on one's leg for extra resistance), and/or a weight for added resistance. Again, the routine is fast-paced and she really works the muscles--outer/inner thighs, quads, hamstrings, buttocks...Believe me, I felt it all! She then moves to the abdomen using the ankle weights, body ball or dumbbell option, and finally finishes the routine with a good stretch. Believe me, one will be saying "THANK YOU!" when that stretch comes, but one will and should feel completely "worked out!"
During the routine, especially the standing lower and upper body, I could really feel my heartrate climb, so again, be prepared to feel some aerobic benefits with this weighted workout. When I first did the routine alternating upper and lower, I was really sore the next day, but it was a "good workout" sore. Doing the entire routine is something I will incorporate probably once-a-week in order to perform a totally tough, invigorating, top-of-the-line workout. One certainly gets one's money's worth, so to speak, but more important, one will receive an excellent workout--whether "mixing and matching" routines, or doing the entire workout.
Although I truly recommend this workout for those who want to improve their fitness through a good weight routine, I must stress again that if one is beginning, go easy or one may end up with injuries--so work into it. If one's a regular exerciser who wants to add a bit of toughness to one's routine, this DVD really works. Be prepared though...Once again I thought I was in great shape and STILL found myself very sore the next day!
Check out Karen's body during the workout--she has great muscles and muscle tone, which is a great incentive! Good job Karen!