Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Walk Sculpt Tone with Debbie Rocker|
Actor: Debbie Rocker
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Gaiam Americas Release Date: 03/06/2007
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RK | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this workout! It is perfect for early morning exercise. No jarring, out-of-control hyperactive moves here. The moves are simple, safe, and effective, with just enough impact to help keep the bones strong. You get out of this workout what you put into it. And it's more than just marching around. Sure, there's lots of marching (it is a "walking" workout after all ;)), but there are plenty of other moves--boxer's shuffles, side-to-sides, hamstring kickbacks, jumping jacks--not to mention the toning portions. Debbie encourages you to focus on each and every move, not just fling your arms and legs around mindlessly. This is where the effectiveness comes in. I wasn't bored at all, and the Arizona scenery was beautiful. The strength moves are controlled and effective and work the whole body. Debbie's reminders to constantly engage the core as the "base" from which all other movement originates keeps the stomach muscles engaged throughout the whole workout. I've been looking for a routine just like this to adequately work me out without wiping me out, leaving me overly tired and hungry for the rest of the day. Unless you're used to high-intensity workouts all the time, I feel that this routine will be well worth your time. The key is to focus on the moves and get the most out of them. I'll be purchasing other Debbie Rocker DVDs to go with this one!"
J. May | CT, USA | 03/31/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was hoping that the workout would be more integrative. The description suggests that the walking would use the weights simutaneously; it doesn't.
The workout starts out with a walking warm-up; which is fine and necessary, but then just continues on with this monotonous walking in place. Much later in the workout, the weights are introduced, but not in rhythm with the walking; the walking comes to a stand still. Which, again, is fine. Just not for me. Someday, hopefully, someone will make a workout that is in constant motion with light weights - true toning and heart raising at the same time."
Basic walking workout with some light toning intervals added
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 02/28/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Instructor Debbie Rocker leads this walking working which adds light weights for some additional toning benefits. She is joined by 2 background exercisers, one of whom shows lower impact modifications, in a beautiful mountain setting. There are two workouts on this DVD: the main workout (labelled as 60 minutes but actually significantly longer at 68 minutes) and a 30-minute, shortened version of this. Also included is a 57-minute CD designed for walking outdoors.
Debbie begins the main workout with a just under 6-minute warm-up that is mostly marching, although she adds some breathing work and arm movements. This flows into a 4.5-minute basic cardio segment that is more of an extended aerobic warm-up. The following 10-minute cardio segment starts to bring up the intensity a little, adding moves such as cross-country arms. Another 7.5-minute cardio segment follows, this time adding a little impact with shuffles (a light side-to-side jog) as well as some upper body movements. Then Debbie picks up light weights (1-5 lbs.) to lead you into the first toning segment. Here she continues to do a lot of marching, but the aerobic pace slows as you move into basic strength moves such as squats, deadlifts, lat rows, and bicep curls.
Another 10-minute cardio segment follows. This time, there is a little less marching and a bit more varied moves such as breast stroke arms and hamstring curls. The final 7-minute cardio segment was probably the most intense, as Debbie includes more high-impact moves such as jumping jacks plus adds a bit of fun with some front punches. Then there is a final 8-minute weights segment with additional marches, lunges, and triceps work. The workout includes with a 3.5-minute cool-down/stretch. The shorter, 30-minute workout (actually 33.5 minutes) uses the warm-up, the first cardio segment, the first weighted segment, the final cardio segment, and the cool-down.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this workout, mainly because I found it hard to keep my heart rate up. For the most part, the cardio segments are not very intense, and my heart rate dropped even further during the toning segments. I also found Debbie's cueing to be really lacking here: not only does she fail to mirror-cue, but also she often cues a new move way ahead of time but fails to cue actually ON the new move. Finally, I didn't find the included CD very motivating, however--it is simply Debbie talking, occasionally encouraging you to pick up the pace as the tempo changes, but that's it. Debbie talks throughout the DVD workout as well, which some may find annoying. If you have liked Debbie's past workouts and/or enjoy combining low-intensity cardio with very light weight work, you might like this workout, but otherwise, I think there are better options available."
Really good walking video
Carlyle Mallory | Chesapeake, OH USA | 05/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ms Rocker scores another winner. This video is well paced with a choice of either a 30 min or a ca. 60 min workout. The moves are well explained and the workout brought some well-earned sweat to my brow."