Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Karen Voight - Strong Streamlined|
Actor: Karen Voight
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
"Total fitness is easy as 1-2-3 with this captivating and easy-to-use DVD. Choose between energizing low-impact cardio, highly effective weight training routines, and yoga moves that focus on flexibility, balance and core... more »
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This one's a winner!
Bethany Riskin | Anguilla, British West Indies | 10/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first Karen Voight DVD I'd purchased and I have become a huge fan. Karen is an excellent instructor and very inspiring - if for nothing else than her own personal fitness and sculpting. Her approach is encouraging and motivating without the self-absorption I've been turned off by in other DVD instructors. While I admit that the "Strong and Smooth Moves" portion is challenging at first, it doesn't take long to catch onto her routine and it has had the added effect of improving my coordination. With a little persistence and practice, it is a good workout. My favourite portion of the DVD, however, has become the "Streamline Fitness" workout - a routine I really look forward to. I started without any weights at all (using body resistance) while traveling and continually in hotel rooms and yet still saw results. At home, I use weights and the new sculpting I see of my body energizes me to keep with the routine almost daily. I have worked out a lot in my life, but never have I attained the streamlined sculpting that Karen's workout has brought me to. At 41 I look better in a bikini than I did at 20! Abs...arms...legs...bum...if you stay with this, you will see results, too. Perhaps that is why I haven't gotten tired of this DVD...that, as well as the good pacing and Karen Voight's matter-of-fact, get-down-to-business, yet patient and empathetic style. This is my #1 choice for my workout routine and I know I look better now than friends who go routinely to the gym - and in less time. The "Streamline Fitness" chapter begins with a 7-minute warm-up then moves into arms, legs and buttocks with weights. If you are pressed for time, you can stop here after 30 minutes and do the 30-minute abs and yoga stretches later in your day or continue on with the abs - a most excellent routine that produces real definition. This is followed by a good yoga cool down (although still challenging). A real winner all the way around!"
How can you miss this great workout
Bethany Riskin | 03/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the most challenging workout DVD I own. It comprises of 2 workouts namely Strong and Smooth Moves and Streamline Fitness. For Strong and Smooth Moves workout, Karen starts us with a 9 minutes warmup before getting us into a vigorous 25 minutes low impact cardio. I must say that this 25 minutes is a real challenge initially. However after doing it a few times, the cardio session became fun and easy. After each vigorous 25 minutes, I always feels energized and lighter in my body weight. Karen then moves on to strength training. I used a 5Ibs dumbbell and at the end of a few workouts, my biceps muscles became obvious. Even my friends spotted it and see the difference in my body shape. Follow by is some tummy workouts and more strength training on the floor. The workout ends with a 5 minutes stretching that will really relaxs you.Streamline Fitness is a body sculpting workout. Great if you are trying to firm up your body especially your tummy and lower body. It started with some light warm up and follows by sculpting of upper body, lower body, tummy and back. Karen uses a 3Ibs genie ball but since I do not own one, I substitute with a 5 pounds dumbbell and it works just as fine for me.I love the option where I could mix and match my own workout. Cardio is a must for me and thus there are days I would mix cardio with the sculpting sessions instead of strength training. Some days, I do only cardio and stretch while other days, I concentrate soley on Streamline fitness.This is really a great workout DVD not to be missed. Go for it."
How good is this??
Bethany Riskin | 03/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I expect this isn't higher up the charts as everyone is rushing off to buy *Ultimate Circuit*. But this is terrific, it really is, and doesn't use any cumbersome equipment like a Swiss Ball (do people really have room for those at home?). It does use a weighted balance stick and ball weights, but shows you how to subsitute a chair and handweights - which I, and I imagine very many users of this tape, do without any problems whatsoever. My favourite thing about this DVD is that you can mix and match segments from the two workouts; for example, my preferred combo is the cardio warmup followed by the short (but unusual and interesting) cardio burst, then the half hour strength, then the short sculpt and then the stretch, which adds up to just over an hour, whereas my pal likes to do the longer low impact cardio followed by the yoga segment. Something for everyone. And Karen has the best body ever; it is so good I am beyond envy. Buy, buy, buy."
A great strength training video
Bethany Riskin | 12/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the "Streamlined" part of the workout very much. Karen Voight takes you through a quick warm-up and then into standing upper body workout with light hand weight. The mat workout is tough and followed by a good yoga stretch. I have used the "Streamlined" workout many times. You can easily increase the intensity by going for a heavier weight.
The low impact aerobic section of the "Strong" workout is hard to follow and is not challenging enough to Karen Voight's typical audience. The second part of the "Strong" workout with weight bar or hand weights is great. The advantage of the DVD format is that you can pick and choose easily without slowing down. A combination of "Streamlined" warm-up, "Strong" weight bar or hand weights, and "Streamlined" yoga stretch add up to be about 60 minutes and provide interesting variation to just the "Streamlined" workout."