Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kathy Smith TimeSaver - Lift Weights to Lose Weight Vol 2|
Actor: Kathy Smith
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
In this follow-up to Lift Weights to Lose Weight, Kathy Smith?s taken the best of weight training and added a twist! This time saving workout combines the core strengthening principles of Pilates with balance principles o... more »
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Susan I. (mustang05) from PLAINFIELD, IL
Reviewed on 12/18/2009...
I really liked this dvd.It gives you a very good upper body workout.It is very easy to follow and Kathy's up beat enthusiasim helps keep you motivated.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kendra M. (KendraM) from NASHVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 1/13/2008...
This review is for both Vol 1 and Vol 2:
I have only used Kathy Smith videos a few times. As a matter of fact, I have only bought them for cardio and was never too impressed. I've always done weight training by myself, never with a video. . . but, feeling as if I've plateaued, I bought a few weight training dvds. This was among them.
Wow. I am very impressed.
Both dvds are excellent, and I'm working muscles that I haven't worked as extensively for quite a while. She's just excellent and the cuing is fantastic.
Both dvds have upper body, lower body, and abs workouts, although I'm less impressed with the abs workout on the second dvd. Still, this is a great set.
I do the whole thing every other day and alternate with cardio (not included on these dvds), but you can divide it up and only do upper body on one day, etc., and then lower body. The lower body workouts, especially, are amazing. Add ankle weights if you want to really challenge yourself.
The upper body workouts on both dvds are also good, but the weight instruction is kind of confusing. For lateral raises, for instance, you may want a different weight than when you are working out your triceps. Because she moves fast, it may take a couple of watchings before you figure out which weight you should be using for each exercise.
The first dvd switches between some artsy cinematography which can get a bit annoying. She also is more upbeat during this one-- yelling WOO a few too many times. Still, in this dvd she looks absolutely amazing, so her "woos" are easy to ignore, since the whole thing is so motivating.
During the second dvd, she's put on a few pounds--- not a lot, but a few. Also, there is no more of the artsy and blurry cinematography. Instead of these unclear very short segments, she's inserted segments where you can see the form better each time. Also, she is still motivating, but has thankfully stopped yelling "WOO" every second. As a matter of fact, I don't think there was a "WOO" in the whole workout!
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
A Terrific Workout with Terrific Results
Elizabeth Hendry | New Jersey USA | 05/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this tape. I got it about six months ago and have been doing it about twice a week and I couldn't be happier with the results. This tape will get your arms and legs in terrific shape (the ab program is a little too short for me, frankly) if you do it faithfully, and the tape is so enjoyable, that it's easy to do faithfully. As she points out in the video, building muscle helps you lose weight, and this video will help you reach your goal. As other reviewers have stated, she offers two tracks, complete with guidance as to who should do what when, and recommends beginning weights. Her direction is terrific and the tape really flows. She's energetic, without being overly peppy (as I find her in some other videos). Unlike a lot of other tapes, you don't waste time listening to instruction, you are working out for the entire 40 minutes. Kathy Smith has split the tape into two 20 minute workouts (upper and lower body) which is really helpful when you've got limited time to workout. Bottom line, Kathy Smith has designed a terrific workout tape that is easy to stick with and will give you the results you want."
Immediate Staple to my workout video collection
hmj07 | Washington D.C. | 10/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the first volume of TimeSaver Lift Weights and I thought it was okay. I wasn't overly impressed with it, but I still use it. But with this second volume, I was immediately impressed and happy with it. It's become one of my favorite staples already. In this volume, Kathy includes a warmup as well as an abs workout section. The workout is broken down into two sections: first is the upper body with 10 minutes focused on squats and 10 minutes focused on glutes, second is the lower body with first 10 minutes standing leg work and the remaining 10 minutes done on the floor. The people in class aren't annoyingly cheery and the videography is cut nicely. There are even some inserts from Kathy where she demonstrates proper form to ensure an effective workout. There are some new techniques here you will not find in other tapes, especially in the abs section. Great for veriety and staving off boredom. One move I really liked is going down in a squat and then shifting to one leg and then raising squat back up. I am an avid exerciser and this tape made me feel sore in areas I haven't been concentrating. I liked Kathy Smith just fine before, but this tape made me a fan of hers now. Worth the $$."
Twenty Minutes FLIES By!
C. Sullivan | Alexandria, VA | 04/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A great tape for adding weight training to your exercise routine. A caveat about equipment you'll need. I watched the intro and it said all you need to get started is a set of dumbbells and either a chair or a weight bench. I went w/ the bench. Then I got to the second workout, where they suggested ankle weights, and also the exercises required a straight-backed chair, which I did not have, as I bought the bench. Sigh! (If I did this over again, I'd skip the bench cause a chair will work just as well). That said, these are two fast, fun workouts that produce results. The lower body, especially, seems to burn my legs up but then, maybe that's where I need the most work. The mercifully-short abs/back "bonus" workout is over before ya know it, which (if you hate abs work as much as I do) is a good thing. I can really feel a difference, though, so hey, it's working!The background music is cheesy but fun, and Kathy's enthusiasm is infectious. If her motivational outbursts piss you off, you should really try to get in a more positive frame of mind when you work out, I think. One final suggestion: try vigorously vaccuuming your workout space as your warmup. Five minutes, and you really warm up all the muscle groups. PLUS... you've cleaned your carpet. No sense in jogging in place for five minutes when you can vaccuum!!"