This DVD was my first introduction to Karen Voight. I could tell she is a great instructor but this workout was not for me. As soon as I popped it in and attempted to watch the routine before trying it, my first reaction was that I would have had a hard time keeping up when I was 23, much less at 43. Coming from a routine that includes Pilates, walking, and non-aerobic sculpting with weights, this was like culture shock to say the least.
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.