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|Kari Anderson Go - Step Workout for Beginners|
Actor: Kari Anderson
Director: Kari Anderson
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
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NOT for beginners but IS an excellent workout
SR Bose | Glendale, CA United States | 02/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kari Anderson's "Go: Step Workout For Beginners" is an excellent workout but it is absolutely more advanced than a workout for beginners. If one is foreign to the step workout routine, this dvd should be previewed a couple times in advance before attempting the workout. Also, one flaw I noted is there are no instructions on proper workout form and proper foot placement on the step. I am familiar with step so this was not a problem for me, however for someone unfamiliar with a step workout injury can occur if one does not place the whole foot on the step or maintain form.
The workout is divided into a five minute warm up, two workout sections, and a cool down. Kari calls the first workout a "starter workout" which is 30-minutes long. It is fast-paced and contains many step combinations. Kari suggests doing only the starter workout when starting to familiarize oneself with the routine or use it on days when an easier workout is desired. The second workout is an additional 15-minute calorie-burning workout that, as Kari puts it, "is just slightly more challenging". The dvd is divided into chapters so the user can easily jump from the end of the first workout right to the cool-down.
The workouts are very fast-paced and will make you sweat. However, they contain many advanced step combinations in fast sequence which can trip up a beginner. For example: at one point Kari says "We're going to try `curl, corner-to-corner' then immediately goes into the combination without showing an example. Also, Kari often neglects to give instruction as to which foot is the "lead" foot on a combination. Previewing the dvd helped familiarize me with the routine so it I wasn't caught off guard as much during the workout.
I do like Kari's as an instructor. She is very encouraging, energetic, and has a pleasant speaking voice.
I recommend this dvd for anyone who is already familiar with the step and also knows the proper form and foot placement.
I do not recommend this workout for anyone who is totally new to the step. (Hence four stars instead of five). For the true beginner I would recommend using Gin Miller's "Everybody Steps: A Guide For New Exercisers" until familiarizing oneself with the basics then use Kari Anderson's "Go Step" as an advanced-beginner routine when ready to kick it up a notch."
Great low-impact step workout that will actually make you sw
SapphireMoon | USA | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This workout is formatted pretty simplistically. A 5-minute warmup that goes right into the first 15-minute workout, which is then followed by another 15-minute workout and then a cool down.
I persisted through the whole 45-minutes and found that it was exactly what I needed. At right about the time that I started to become tired and feel a cramp in my side, the instructor began the cool down, which was perfect timing for me. While it's true that this workout could frustrate a true step beginner, with some practice it isn't nearly as difficult to learn as one might initially think. I watched the video the first time, then decided to try it and screwed up and got confused a lot thoughout. A couple of days later I did the workout again and only got a little flustered during the second workout. But by the third time I pretty much had it down. I can now appreciate the fact that it wasn't too easy to learn, or else the workout itself might not be as effective or challenging as it is. My heart-rate stayed up the whole time in spite of the fact this this is low-impact and dubbed "for beginners." I certainly can't think of any low-impact floor aerobic workouts that elevate my heart rate and actually cause me to break a sweat. But this step workout most definitely did!
Kari Anderson is a great instructor, and once you memorize which of her queues are associated with what moves, it's pretty easy to follow along. Her personality is fun and outgoing, but not over-the-top, and I enjoyed the accompanying, mostly techno/electronic music throughout, which suited the moves just perfectly. Kari is accompanied by several other steppers - including one modifier who does many of the moves on the floor - set against a dark blue backdrop.
Although "Go: Step for Beginners" is titled as such, this workout will certainly keep even an intermediate exerciser feeling challenged throughout. Highly recommended!
Not for true beginners
K. Mahoney | 01/10/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this recently and have done the routine about 3 times. I think it is a great "workout", however it is not for true step beginners. I find the step combos to be a little complex for the small amount of time she explains/shows them.
I didn't find her to be that relatable, but I did like that she used her actual students in the video.
I would have given this a 4 if it were better titled, or offered an actual beginner work out.
I think this is a good choice for advanced beginners."
Great for beginner or intermediate!
BAGS | USA | 02/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm an intermediate who prefers basic choreography. The choreography in Go is the most basic of any I have tried. Even the workout that came with my step was more complex than this one. I really would recommend this to the true beginner, but as an intermediate I still enjoyed it and got a good workout. Kari Anderson tends not to cue which leg leads, and this workout is no exception. However, these routines are so simple that it's not really a problem. She does a move on the right leg first, then does the same move on the left. It's not hard to figure out. Any reviewer who thinks this choreography is too complicated for a true beginner, I wonder if they have done any other step workouts. I don't think you'll get any simpler than this, unless all you want to do is basic stepping up and down. If you want to learn moves that you will use in future workouts, like "around the world" or "corner to corner," I would recommend this video for some good instruction.
What's good about this workout for the beginner is:
1. The combos aren't long, there aren't a lot of different moves to remember at the same time.
2. Once you do a combo you "throw it away" so you don't have to remember it for later.
3. She has you do a basic step or march while she previews harder moves, so you get to see it and hear the explaination before you attempt the move.
4. Different modifications are shown so you can make the moves more intense as you get better at stepping.
5. The camera stays in place, either straight on Kari or gives a shot from in front and a little above. The angle shot is great because you can see the entire cast, and you can see the entire top of all their steps, to fully see what they are doing.
6. There's a lot of repetition of each move."