Weight Lifting routine for all levels
Food Fan | New York | 01/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"+ This is a weight lifting routine that includes a fairly well rounded variety of motions. I recommend it for beginners and advanced by adjusting the hand weights that you use (no other equipment required).
+ I like how it is a thorough/total body workout but quick (26 minute workout not including the warm up & cool down stretch). The DVD is divided into sections that you can choose if you want to target certain areas on a given day. At the end of each section the instructor demonstrates various stretches.
+ I like how after doing some single repititions, Althea does most of eact motions in a 2 or 4 count version that makes you contract your muscles longer and you feel the burn (builds strength, endurance, stability, and form).
+ I like how this is a no-impact workout, there are no jerky motions or jumping around.
The instructor Althea isn't terribly motivating or charismatic, but has a no-nonsense, down to earth, pleasant attitude which I ended up liking. She has good form (with one exception - during the million reps of biceps/triceps, she bounces a body slightly as if she's dancing to the music, which may be misinterpred by beginners as swinging her body to do the motion; but otherwise she has good form).
There are 4 "students" in her class. It was nice to see 2 macho muscular guys in the inluded, except they look silly using only 2 pound weights when they could probably be using at least 20 pound weights.
Music is a variety of dance/techno music, energetic & varied enough to be motivating, but low key enough to be relaxing (not the super-hyped frantic stuff)
SQUATS & SHOULDERS: Do alterating sets of Lateral delt lifts, Anterior delt lifts, or Overhead shoulder presses, all while doing slow squat variations.
BACK & BICEPS: lat rows, shoulder shrug, upright row. Lateral flies. Bicep curls (lots & lots & lots of them, with increasingly slow speed to challenge you)
ADDUCTORS: inner thigh lift, leg bends
CHEST & TRICEPS: push ups, pec flies, chest press, plank push ups, overhead tricept extentions, tricep kick back
GLUTEALS (table work): leg lift variations, hamstring curl,
ABS & LOW BACK: crunch variations, oblique twist, leg holds for hip flexors, plank hold, lie on stomach and raise arms/legs
M. Rudman | Littleton, CO USA | 02/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellently cued, motivational, effective. Not the most "slick," and her workout partners aren't glamorous, but neither are most of us. For the down-to-earth person who wants to learn proper strength training, AND for the experienced who can follow this workout with heavier weights and or run all or part of it twice. One of my favorites that I often return to (I've got a lot of fitness DVDs and videos after 25 years!). An asset to any collection; Althea is a great instructor--she knows what she's doing and she knows how to teach."