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Kathy Smith: Secrets of a Great Body - Lower Body Workout

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"Toning is just tightening up the body you already have. Sculpting means changing your shape, creating the body you wish you had," says Kathy Smith. You can transform your body, she promises, with a body-sculpting program using a "low-rep overload": forcing the muscles to do more than they're used to by using a high-enough intensity and difficult-enough exercises. This program sculpts the lower-body muscles with a variety of moves such as squats, pelvic tilts, glute sweeps, leg lifts, lunges, and calf raises, sometimes using ankle weights. Always the meticulous instructor, Smith describes the muscles before working them and gives thorough and clear instructions for doing each move correctly. If you're used to working out with weights or machines, this 40-minute program may not be intense enough for you--you can add weights to some but not to all of the exercises. If you're a beginner or intermediate, this routine will burn your buns, quads, hamstrings, and calves. --Joan Price

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Strength Training Feb. 8 2002
Okay, I'll admit it. The first time I did this tape, I didn't like it.
I'd been doing Kathy's "Lift Weights to Lose Weights" for a couple of months and was ready for a change. I thought this video --twice as long as LWTLW-- would be the next step I was looking for. But after doing it, I was unsatisfied. Some of the exercises burned a bit, but I really didn't feel like I'd been challenged. This workout didn't seem much harder than LWTLW, perhaps even easier. I was dismayed.
But I kept at it cause I bought the tape and I was gonna use it, darn it! And after doing it a few more times, something wonderful happened. The slow, deliberate reps that seemed so mild & monotonous initially, became much more effective once I really began concentrating on my form and working to truly ISOLATE each muscle, really "focus in" on what part of my body should be doing the work, as Kathy says during the tape. And sure enough, this workout cut new curves & sweeps into my legs, and ya gotta love that, eh?!
I agree, however, with the other reviewers that the tape's editing could be better, cause I really don't need the informative little anatomy lessons & examples of each exercise disrupting the tape's flow the way it does. This would've been better placed at the beginning of the tape, I think. However, it's not such a problem, the segments are very short & I find it's nice to have a little break, shake the body out & get ready for the next exercise.
Also, sometimes you're, say, doing standing leg lifts one minute and then a second later you're supposed to be on the floor for another exercise, which would be impossible w/out the magic of editing. But so what? I keep a remote handy and there's PLENTY of time to hit PAUSE on the remote so you can get where you need to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective Dec 21 2001
By A Customer
I was sore in all the right places with this one! Each exercise is explained up close and in detail before you go through the reps. And the reps are not done so fast that you fall out of alignment like some other videos I've tried. The video works every muscle waist down and Kathy Smith explains as you go along so you can concentrate on the muscle you are trying to work. I could still feel the burn the next day!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Viewer from Nebraska Nov. 25 2001
By A Customer
Kathy Smith is a great instructor and I enjoy all of her videos (her step workout is still the best exercise tape ever). This tape contains excellent exercises for the lower body that really help shape and tone. Kathy also includes easy-to-follow directions and demonstrations on how to do the exercises correctly. Unfortunately, this video, like so many other workout tapes, contains a few very annoying flaws.
The most irritating aspect of the tape is the editing. I agree completely with another reviewer's criticism that the tape contains extraneous explanations and cuts to the exercises too quickly. I would really love to see Kathy Smith release this video (as well as the companion Upper Body Workout) in DVD format after she has slightly reedited to allow her viewers to follow the tape without having to stop and rewind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Workout Aug. 11 2001
By taleeya
The workout in this video is decent... And I love kathy Smith.... BUT there seems to be alot of wasted time in this workout. She stops the exercises to do a little anatomy lesson, to show you where the muscle is, blah blah blah. While these lessons are a nice thing to add, it becomes bothersome to have to go through everytime you do the video. It would be better to have this at the END or even the begining. Also, between some exercises the camera just cuts to it. (When Kathy and the others are switching sides, or changing position) The camera doesn't follow the people, so you aren't left with enough time to change position as well. I also didn't give this a higher rating because it is a little too easy for what is made to seem like an intermediate /advanced workout. This may just be because I am in good shape... On the plus side, the video is well balanced and I did feel it in my buns the next day! It is a thorough workout for the lower body and will produce results. I would recommend Kathy's Lift Weights to Lose Weight video instead, as it the time will fly and it is much easier to tailor the workout to meet your needs when you advanced in fitness levels.
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