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Keli Roberts: Ultimate Step Workout

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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This step workout is broken into three segments for different levels of stamina and complexity. You can do just level 1 (12 minutes) or continue through level 2, for 22 minutes, or through level 3, for 32 minutes. Within each segment, Keli Roberts's assistants demonstrate different intensities, so you can work at your own pace as you build endurance. Roberts instructs well, with plenty of safety and alignment tips, and she repeats the combinations enough for you to get them. But the camera has an annoying habit of changing angles when she first introduces a new pattern, which is just when you want to keep watching her feet. Advanced exercisers will add some propulsion moves, such as jumping onto the step. After the step workout and stretch, you get 8 minutes of killer abdominals, and finally a calming, guided relaxation. Roberts is a celebrity trainer, and you can see why from the professional way she instructs this video--and from the to-die-for body that must motivate her clients! --Joan Price


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners!! Nov. 9 2003
By A Customer
I just tried this video for the first time today. It is 50 minutes long; the first 6 minutes are for warm up, then up until 40 minutes there is the workout - 3 levels - and then two minute cool down and then about 8 minute of abs (quite good ab workout) then a few minutes of the end with overal stretch/cool down (didn't do this part).
From my initial viewing, I like this video. It's very energetic and many of the moves are seen in other videos - which makes it easier. Even though its an old video it didn't feel too dated and the instructor is cool - not annoying like many.
My only problem with it is that she doesn't give decent instructions, especially for moves coming up and which foot to start with and the camera pans right away to those behind her so you can't figure it out for yourself until a few reps have passed. Its very choreographed so dance/step experience will help.
If you're a beginner, or someone who just wants a decent aerobic workout, try Step Reebok: The Video (1992) which has really good instructions. I got that video free when I bought my reebok step and it really is great.
Though keep in mind, with any video there's always going to be a learning curve so no matter what you buy, you're always going to be confused little at first - but keep with it, it does get easier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't mean to buy this tape, but i'm glad i did! Sept. 18 2003
By A Customer
I am an avid exerciser (especially cardio/arobics), so when i had read several reviews not recommending this tape, i decided to use my amazon.com gift certificate to buy Keli Robert's Total Body Circuit Training Workout and her Abs and More tape. Yada-yada-yada, I selected the wrong combonation of tapes and got the Ultimate Step Workout tape and the Circuit Traning Workout tape. This morning, I just did the Ultimate step tape and I LOVED IT! The steps definitely need improvement on my part (i did it without first watching it because as a dancer I figured i could catch on, but i was a little less than right!) but i can really see myself doing this tape at least once a week (i have to rotate it with her other amazing workouts, Cherfitness 1, and the Circuit Training tape). Some people were concerned that this wasn't great for beginners, but if you watch it first and do only what you can and pay attention to the ones modifying it, beginners can do it too! Anyone can benifit from this tape, especially from the abs work, it's a real workout, but i still can't wait to buy the Abs and More tape!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I totally enjoyed it! April 2 2003
By kamalot
I'm tired and will keep this short - I've had this video for a long time , and found it considerably more challenging than the video with Cher that first introduced me to Keli. I found the cueing horrendous , but the routine is so much fun ( and such hard work - I'm a glutton for punishment ) , that I remained interested anyway. There are plenty of knee lifts , lateral raises , rear raises , jacks , and jumps from floor to bench along with several other opportunities for incorporating some propulsion if you'd like. The only part I found somewhat tedious is a section of stepping while raising your hands , alternately and then together , up to your face. Pretty ho-hum. Doesn't last long enough to scrap the tape , mind you , but it just bores the heck out of me for some reason.
I did not care for the ab routine at the end , although I do it occasionally when I don't want to work , but am just "going through the motions" and don't want my muscles to think I'm ignoring them. :)
I don't really have any comments about the warm down's as I usually skip them and head straight for the weights , so hope whoever buys this next likes them , best of luck.
The bottom line - this will challenge most intermediate steppers , plenty of room for propulsion moves should you be so inclined , and a good workout for more advanced steppers. I still enjoy it , and recommend it highly - other than that darn cueing..,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Workout, but Skip the Final Cool Down Feb. 25 2003
I first learned about aerobics instructor Keli Roberts when I found the workout video Cherfitness: A New Attitude. I enjoyed this video so much that I purchased this one. I think Roberts' cueing is even better on this video (it's not as clean on A New Attitude). Her English accent is also not as intrusive as it is on the Cher video. It is not as fun as A New Attitude with Cher's comments and the popular rock music, but it is a good, solid workout. The first part is pretty basic and would be OK for the beginner. The second part of the workout (after Roberts switches the bench to a vertical position) is more intermediate/advanced because it requires a lot more endurance with lunges, etc. The workout includes a section of abdominal work which is always a plus. I do not feel that the abdominal exercise are as effective as the ones on the Cher video. The final cool down (there is also a cool down stretch which is very effective) is almost a meditation during which Roberts describes you as floating on a fluffy cloud. This part I found a bit much and I usually skip it. The entire workout (with meditative cool down) is 53 minutes. It is not as good as the Cher video but would still make a good addition to any aerobics library. The Cher workout is an hour and twenty minutes long, so it may not be as practical most days. I had to drop another star because of the silly cool down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Step Workout Video
I got this video with my step so it is the first one I ever tried. But, now that I have tried other step workouts, I can definitely say that this is the best one yet. Read more
Published on March 4 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Keli!
I prefer the step workout on this tape to any aerobics I've done in college classes. I've been doing this routine three times a week for about seven months now and have lost all... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this tape!!!
This is one of the best step tapes I own. It is a great workout and really gets your heart pumping. Combo's are easy to follow. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars great video!!!
I am so pleased that I bought this tape!!! All of the other vids have a lot of complicated, dancy moves that I don't want to do when I am working out!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Step Workout
This is a great step workout. It is one of the first I bought of Keli Roberts and I still use it a lot. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Denise L. Tuttle
3.0 out of 5 stars Effective & REDUNDANT
I really like Keli Roberts as an instuctor. Her body is a testament to what a great workout regime can accomplish. Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by Peggy Corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Intermediate to Advanced Steppers
I'm an advid fan of step aerobics. I have had this video since 1994 and the reason I'm online today is to re-order the video because I've played it to death! Read more
Published on April 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars no-nonsense pure sweat
I purchased this video without knowing who Keli Roberts was, but I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of her cuing and her genuine encouraging personality. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by E. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite workout videos!
I really enjoy working out to this exercise video. It's more for beginner to intermediate exercisers but after adding an extra step riser and put in more propulsion moves and have... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003
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