Kathy Smith: Secrets of a Great Body - Lower Body Workout [Import]
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2001
Kathy Smith is a great instructor and I enjoy all of her videos (her step workout is still the best exercise tape ever). Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2001
Kathy Smith's lower body video is great. She includes all the major muscle groups--inner and outer thighs, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2000 by Emily F. Williams
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