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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A workout I can stick with Dec 2 2000
By A Customer
I've been using this video along with the companion "Secrets of a Great Body-Volume 1-Upper Body", and have definitely seen results. The exercises are thoroughly previewed and the video is short enough to keep from getting monotonous, but long enough to get a good workout. Great for beginner through intermediate. I'm at intermediate stage now, when I progress, I expect to use weights, as she recommends, for some of the exercises. I like Kathy Smith's attitude and encouragement. The video is filmed in a large empty room which is initially boring, but that lets you concentrate on the workout. I've seen great results after six weeks. I have a problem with a tendon and hoped building the muscles in that area would help, and it has. Kathy Smith's style is pleasant, not annoying, and she is quite an athlete. I'm now convinced that the right workout videos can keep me motivated to improve my fitness level. For aerobics, I use Kathy Smith's Functionally Fit Workout video, which is excellent too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bye-bye, Thunderthighs March 5 2001
By A Customer
Who knew that Glute Sweeps could be so much fun? Well, maybe not fun, but certainly not drudgery, either. In this video, Kathy Smith puts a new spin on many tried, true, and tired lower-body exercises by changing them just enough to make them more of a challenge to your psyche and to your muscles. When I first did this workout two months ago, I felt it for days in my muscles and was motivated to pop this video in for another go. Although I've been doing this workout faithfully for two months, there are still certain muscle groups that are a challenge during the workout and sore afterwards, but over all, I feel stronger and am seeing results in that there is extra room in my jeans and skirts now. You'll find that time will pass quickly when you do this video, because each muscle group is dwelt upon long enough for the exercises strengthen it, but not long enough to bore you.
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