Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Leslie Sansone - Walk Away the Pounds for Abs - 3 Miles|
Actor: Leslie Sansone
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Gaiam Americas Release Date: 04/15/2003 Rating: Nr
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Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 09/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first-ever Leslie Sansone video, and I was surprised by how tough it was, especially given that I already exercise regularly and have even started a running program in the past month. Leslie uses four basic moves--march, side step, front kick, and knee lift--but varies the speed and execution of each movement to change the intensity. In addition, this workout uses Leslie's special weight belt for upper body toning work; I don't own the belt, so I substituted light (3 lb.) hand weights throughout the workout.
The workout begins with Leslie introducing the four basic moves, and in the warm-up phase, she gradually picks up the pace until you are moving along at a fairly good clip. At this point (about 10 minutes into the workout), she introduces use of the belt or weights for some basic upper body exercises, including overhead press and flies. For the middle part of the workout, or Mile 2, the weights are not used, as the pace increases considerably. Although the movements stayed the same, I sometimes found it a bit difficult to keep up with Leslie's quick movements. However, Leslie is extremely encouraging, frequently saying that it's okay to go at your own pace and not to follow her form exactly. For the first half of the last mile, the belt or weights are again used, repeating many of the previous exercises. The pace then slows down a bit to start bringing your heart rate back to normal, and finally, the last 2 minutes of the workout consists of cool-down stretches for a total of 44 minutes.
The only problem I had with this workout is the title, as I think it would have more appropriately been named WATP for Upper Body rather than Abs. Leslie does provide frequent reminders to concentrate on your abs and some of the moves (especially the knee lifts) do work the abdominal area, but the toning segments were more focused on the upper body in general. Overall, however, I found this to be an excellent cardio workout, and although the moves are repetitive, the time really does fly by. It is probably most appropriate for intermediate exercisers, but experienced beginners could manage by moving at a slower pace and skipping the weights."
Great Video to work up to!
Shania Duncan | Abilene, TX United States | 09/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this video as a set with the ab belt that goes with it. You could just at easy use weights instead of the belt. It might even be better b/c you have to tuck in the handles of the belt often. I like the video best of all three. If you know Leslie, she tends to talk a bit much at times. But it's not as bad in this video. But anyone's chatter will get annoying when you listen to it over and over. That's why it's good to have more than one video so you have variety. It also helps you stick to it better. Even when I only want to do a mile or two I usually pick this video and then fast forward to the cool down when I'm ready. You really feel this workout. It's one that you have to work up to. The first time I tried it I couldn't get through it. And this was after about 3 weeks of doing the 1 and 2 mile with no problem. I am blessed with coordination, but you really don't have to have much to do any of her workout videos. If you can raise your hand and kick your leg at the same time you can do a Leslie Sansone video. I wouldn't start with the 3 mile first but you should have no problem getting to it. If you don't have this tape and want more of a challange than the 2 mile this will help you. It does repeat a lot of the moves she uses in ever other tape, but it works so why change it? I ended up losing 10 pounds in 6 weeks without changing my eating habits (I eat my fair share of carbs!). I also lost 2 1/2 inces off my waist and some off my arms and legs. My hubby commented on how much difference he saw!"
Very Effective Workout
L. Simon | Spring, TX United States | 02/10/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Although I agree with one reviewer here about the lack of menu control on the DVD, I also agree that it is one of the best programs I have ever used. I own the DVD which contains the 1-mile, 2-mile and 3-mile programs. For a beginner, the warmups and cool downs may not seem long enough (I solve the cool down problem by walking around the house slowly until the sweat stops dripping) but once you are conditioned, the warmup will be enough; otherwise, you could pause it and continue to walk in place until you feel you are sufficiently warmed up and then continue the tape. I think it is one of the most effective workouts out there. I especially love using the belt. It increases the challenge and really works well on my arms, back and breast/chest muscles. I haven't really noticed as much of an effect on my waist, hips and legs as I do on my arms and calves but I am sticking with this one because I feel that I will see results with continued use. I am firmer all over and have much more energy. It is not a speedy weight/inches loss program. It has been the most effective I have used since the Buns of Steel tapes of the late 80's/early 90's. I think the music has appropriate timing for whatever movement you are doing at the time and fun because it isn't music I would buy or listen to normally but works with this workout program. I don't mind Leslie's chatter. She loses count a little because of her talking but I don't mind. I like the way the walkers seem to be having fun and they are all attractive but not overly attractive, certainly not as unattractive as those in the awful Sexy & Fit After 40 program (had to sneak that in). Leslie interacts with each of the walkers. The tape shows varying degrees of fitness. Mostly they are all fit even if Jo appears to be a little heavy. It is a tape that I look forward to performing at least 5 nights a week. Leslie does a good job of demonstrating the moves before you perform them. The only error I find in her instructions is that she doesn't warn you from the beginning to pace yourself and not to attempt every move they do if you are not conditioned. Once you are conditioned and accustomed to the pace, you will want to move up in the miles. I am ready for 4 miles. I use this tape to prepare for the annual breast cancer walk. It really is a great tape. I did not give it a 5 because of the lack of menu control, Leslie not giving a warning early and often about pacing yourself. One other complaint I have applies to many exercise tapes and that is that there is not a list of accessories necessary to perform the routine. I did not see the outside rear of the box when I purchased this item and so wasn't aware of needing the belt before watching it the first time. I wouldn't pay $30 for one level of this program. I bought the 3 level DVD for $10. I bought the Bally belt for $8 plus shipping on Amazon. Great buy all around."
Peanut | Voorhees, NJ | 09/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own a collection of Leslie's work out programs, and this is one of my favorites! It's fast-paced, and I really work up a sweat. It targets all parts of your body, not just abs. The walkers are wearing the abs belt (which you have to buy separately). I don't have the belt, but use 3 lb. weights instead. It works just as well.
Both the music and the energetic group of walkers make the time fly by. It takes about 45 minutes to complete the 3 miles. Throughout the program, Leslie shows the meter at 1/2 mile increments so you can see how far you've gone.
As this is in a DVD format, I should be able to bypass the sales pitch for the abs belt in the beginning of the program and just get to the warm-up; however, you have to fast forward."