Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Method - Step Up to Dance|
Actor: Lisa Wheeler
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Combines cardio step moves inspired by jazz, ballet and modern dance, with the precision toning techniques of yoga and of the work of Joseph H. Pilates. — Genre: Exercise/Fitness — Rating: NR — Release Date: 22-APR-2003 — Medi... more »
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Not for the timid
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful workout that utilizes alot of dance terminology and technique. If you have no dance experience you should possibly look into a basics tape to do with this as it will maximize your workout. While the tape uses a step and balance bar, it can be done just as a floor routine for the step portions and with a chair, (or if you have good dancer control with arms in 2nd position) for the balance bar sections. Focus on mimicking the moves as closely as possible once you get the routine and this tape will always give you a great workout! I am a personal trainer/actress who works out 6 days a week and this is one of the only videos I've found that remains challenging after months have elapsed. It's well worth committing too and the abs section is very well done!!! Love it!"
S. Burton | Orem, UT USA | 12/04/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I like to be able to do most of the steps in an exercise video the first time I try it but, barring that, I like to be able to tell that I will be able to learn to do it in the future. This instructor (she's kind of lackluster and not inspiring--in other words: BLAH!) doesn't give enough information about right and left foot. There are a lot of turning around moves and I need more instruction when I can't see the TV. The steps feel so unnatural that once I've turned back around I'm never on the correct foot. It's really difficult even for an experienced dancer. (Karen Voight is an EXCELLENT instructor.)
The introduction is very brief and doesn't tell any of the benefits of this workout. She doesn't give any safety tips or tell you how to get the most out of the exercise. Why did they bother putting it in?
This video requires MUCH more space than most people have in their living rooms. If you don't have lots of empty space, don't get this DVD. Also, they use this little "The Method Toning Bar" as a sort of prop at one point in the workout. I suppose you could use a chair instead--a very tall-backed one--but I just balanced on one leg and was fine. (I hate it when you have to use their special little props and they don't suggest any alternate equipment.)
I also didn't like the ceaseless drumming. It's just plain loud. A little variety in the music would be nice. And why do they have five people on a crowded-looking set all doing the exact same steps? It just adds to the confusion.
It's hard to get your heart rate up when you're frustrated with difficult steps and lack of space (which is adequate for most other videos). I didn't enjoy this workout at all and felt badly that it got such high reviews: thus inspiring my investment.
All in all, I just didn't like this program and will probably not buy any more "The Method" DVDs because they get such mixed reviews. Here I am, throwing my review into the mix for this program. Hopefully it will help newcomers to "The Method," like me, make a more informed choice."
A rather misleading presentation from The Method
deranged but cute | outer limits | 09/16/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I did not realize that this was, indeed, a step video. Neither did a friend of mine who was anxious to see it. The workout is very intricate. I was an aerobics instructor, trained and certified by Reebok to teach step. I had a horrible time trying to keep up with what Lisa was doing. Plus, one of the best things to me about The Method is the lack of "props". This video needs your sneakers, a step, a dowel and alot more coordination than I have! Very disappointed with this offering. Would anyone who is a fitness freak be interested in this one-time used tape?"
For intermed-advanced step aerobics lovers...
Dolcevita326 | Jacksonville, FL United States | 05/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...who are looking for a challenging step DVD, you've found it! I love step aerobics & am trying to build my collection of home workout DVDs. While I love Reebok The Video, I wanted something with more choreography and this DVD delivered! I'm pretty coordinated and when I used to take step classes, I could easily keep up with instructors who liked to mix up moves rather than stick to basic ones. However, in all my years stepping, I've never seen instructors try the creative combos found in this DVD - probably b/c everyone, myself included, would've just stood and stared, which was my initial reaction when I tried this DVD today! However, I liked Lisa Wheeler's cueing, her voice (unlike Denise you know who!), and the combos so much I decided to concentrate and learn the steps this first time. I won't lie to you, it took me well over an hour just to get through the aerobics routine, b/c I kept having to rewind and redo the combos (and despite all the pausing in my cardio routine, just by relearning the combos over and over, I broke a major sweat!). I really hate to build, build, then repeat the same steps, so I really loved the structure of this DVD. You get to do 3 amazing combos, each punctuated by quick but effective thigh/glutes moves, then at the end you get to put all 3 combos together. I love this format for it makes the time fly and I was having so much fun focusing on the steps that I didn't have time to focus on the burn :) After the aerobics segment, there's a challenging ab workout that uses Pilates principles and really works your core. This is one DVD that I know I will not get bored with."