Karen Voight: Great Weighted Workout
Now you can lift and tone every muscle with easy, efficient moves and light weights to get a strong, healthy body. This one DVD has everything you need to: Sculpt your legs and tighten your buttocks Strengthen your shoulders and arms Firm your inner thighs and outer hips Shape your front and back of your thighs Target your midsection with dynamic abdominal exercises.
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Girls if you want to get in shape, this would be a great buy.
The entire dvd is approx. 1 hr and 25 min.
Warmup - 6 min.
Standing leg work - 6 min.
Upper Body - 25 min.
Lower Body - 30 min.
Abs - 15 min.
While I've heard some complaints about the length of the video, I did not find it to be too long.
If you are looking for a good weights-only video I think this is the one for you.
My biggest problems were the very fast pace and the leg movements accompanying upper body workout. When I am working out the upper body I like to concentrate on perfecting the movements without worrying about the lower body and dislike dancing around, simultaneously doing cardio, and trying to keep my legs moving in a pattern at the same time. By the time I caught on to one movement, she switched. Very frustrating. It brought back bad memories of Jane Fonda to me. After a typical 15 hour day, I look to exercise to help me relax and unwind. The aerobic pace and the awful disco-y music had the opposite effect on me.
Worse, Karen's movements were somewhat obscured because the four exercisers behind her were all standing too close to her, which lent a confusing effect of many arms and legs swishing around. I finally found the answer to this visual confusion was to concentrate on one of the men to her left, since he had no one directly in back of him and his movements were much easier to follow. The two women in the back row were little more than clutter - you couldn't see their moves at all and they added to the overall cramped feel of an otherwise expansive studio setting.
If, like me, you don't care to contend with fast pacing, grating music that drones out the instructor's voice, and choreography when you're trying to concentrate on correct form, you will want to pass this up. But if you're a high energy, aerobics type who likes to follow hyperactive dance-y routines, you might like this one.
On a final note, even though I gave up on the upper body, I briefly checked out the lower body floor work and that seemed to be more along the lines of what I was looking for. Good sculpting but no option to turn the music off.
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!