"Energy Sprint is an endurance building step workout, but this 83 minute program has toning work as well. This 1993 video is possibly the best workout that Karen has ever put out, and it's finally on DVD, a very well chaptered DVD at that. You can choose to do those entire workout, or there is a mix and match feature where you can choose which segments you wish to do. Here is a breakdown of the chapters....
When I do this workout I do the cardio work only so it is nice that I can jump right to that feature following the warmup. Rather than fast forward through the brief lower body toning session. The whole cardio is about 40 minutes of step aerobics including 7 sprints ranging from 1 1/2-5 minutes each. Karen shows you the steps prior to going into the sprint and following each sprint she takes you through a recovery phase. The choreography isn't too difficult to master, Karen is not known for complex steps. But she does a good job calling all the moves and leading the workout in general. Karen is an excellent instructor, some perceive her as being too wooden or dry but she is pleasant and encouraging. She does offer options to make the sprints more difficult, plus she also give you tips on making it easier so you can last the whole sprint until your endurance level improves. All of the sprints are step aerobics except the very last one which is low impact. Preceding the aerobic portion is a brief lower body toning segment using the step but no weights, following the aerobic portion is an upper body section which uses light dumbells, and there also an ab session before the cooldown and stretch. Karen has quite a few participants joining her, men and women all using various step heights. Two of the participants even do the workout without the step. So all levels can do this video, although beginners should start carefully and progress slowly. Karen does have a guest, Wayne Westcott who briefly explains how the sprints work before the workout gets underway.
As previously mentioned, this video was filmed in 1993 so some might think it's a bit dated. I think it's great, I like the music a lot, I think it fits the workout well. Some of it is rock sounding with guitars, while I don't have all of Karen's videos, I have always thought that she picks great music for her workouts. Even though they might not be as upbeat or funky sounding as some of the music for todays workouts.
This is an excellent workout, you get a lot for the price. A must have if you need to build cardio endurance. Glad that it is finally on DVD. I give this one 4 1-2 stars."
L. Christopherson | 07/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This workout is really good in my opinion. It is very squat-intensive. The reasons I like it are: - Although when you first watch it, it seems simple and rather slow, it really kicks your butt. The reason is kicks your butt is because of all the squats and other moves that require a lot of leg strength. She does a good job of engineering weight bearing moves in an aerobic fashion - quite a feat, I think. - The moves are simple and easy to follow. She's good about showing them to you first and giving you warning before a change. - Even though the moves are simple, it's still fun and challenging. - It's a nice long cardio workout. Sometimes I skip this section in the middle that is not terribly aerobic; and even skipping that and the sculpting routines at the end, the aerobic part comes to about 45 minutes, I believe. - The ab section is quite good. It's 13 minutes long. - I believe she only miscounts once. - There is really only one time, that I can think of, where the camera cuts during a transition or new move."
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 02/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Energy Sprint is an advanced workout for those starting to exercise and an invigorating challenge for those who have already achieved a high level of fitness. Spending 80 minutes on exercise requires determination, stamina and dedication!
You can either use a step/bench or work your way up to using it. The step Karen sells is great as you can use it at different height levels to increase the intensity of the exercises. This workout is a bit different than normal step workouts. You will notice a "Sprint Timer" which will appear when the intensity level goes up. The timer helps to keep you going right to the last second even though the exercises are very challenging at that point.
Energy Sprint is based on "Interval Training." You will alternate between high and low levels of intensity. Karen is known for her innovative workout programs and this in a good example of how she uses full range of motion, control of movement and repetitions which ensure you will change your shape and reach your goals.
Karen owns the Voight Fitness and Dance Center in Los Angeles, CA where she keeps her clients in top shape. She excels in clarity of instruction and creative style of motion. She incorporates some of her classic "Karen Moves" into this video and also focuses on many unique step moves you won't see anywhere else.
Have your step all ready to go when you put in this video. Karen jumps right into the first 40 minute aerobic section, keeps you moving through 15 minutes of butt and leg exercises, helps you shape your arms and upper body for 15 minutes and then spends 12 minutes showing you how to get those abs in shape.
There is a heart rate check during this workout, but you will want to monitor your heart rate during the aerobics section as some of the exercises are pretty intense. Don't let that stop you from ordering this video.
While it is the hardest video I have ever done in my life, I feel incredibly good after I get through it. I can tell a difference in my circulation, my body is warm for hours and I feel very alert and ready to face life's next challenge. If you are serious about fitness, this is the workout you will want add to your workout video collection.
~The Rebecca Review"
One of the best
Jaime A. Moxey | argentina | 11/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although karen voight is one of the best instructors available, along with kathy smith and gilad, this is a must have of all her dvds, as it totally marvellous, she keeps you going all the time and the workout is really complete, you feel great after it."
An older workout, but great results :-)
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 04/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Karen Voight is among the best instructors out there. I truly believe there are only about 6-7 exceptional instructors and she is one of them. She knows her stuff, she is motivating and she cues well and she's friendly enough to not be intimidating. This is a tough and fast paced program (you WILL sweat). This is a combination workout of step aerobics and regular toning. There are seven sprints (tough and challenging but rewarding when you see the results or you do more each time). There is also an ab workout done on the floor. If you want a toned body and also want to get fitter, then this dvd is for you. I highly recommend it to everyone."