Fans of Kathy Smith will appreciate the highlights from her exercise videos gathered on one DVD for a full-body workout. Use the written chapter menu (no pictures are shown, but the names are descriptive enough) to jump to... more » the segment you want, or use Smith's training schedule, which gives you a weekly routine depending on whether your goal is weight loss (the cardio workout plus walking to be done outside or on a treadmill), body sculpting (the weight and cardio workouts), or stress reduction (a combination of yoga and cardio). The training schedule is an effective and easy way to keep you on track and to keep your routine varied. The exercise program is broken down into the following segments: warm-up (6 minutes from Functionally Fit: Peak Fat Burning), cardio (20 minutes from Cardio Fat Burner), upper body (20 minutes from Lift Weights to Lose Weight), lower body (20 minutes from Functionally Fit: Lower Body Firming), abs and back strengthening (5 minutes from Lift Weights to Lose Weight), yoga basics (30 minutes from New Yoga Basics), and cool down (7 minutes from Cardio Fat Burner). The extras are negligible--a biography of Smith, clips from her videos, her Web site link--but the heart of the DVD--the workouts--will have you moving and sweating. While many of the segments here are short (it would have been nice if the DVD had included the full 40-minute workout from Cardio Fat Burner, and the ab workout feels brief), this is one program that covers everything: your heart rate will be elevated, your muscles will be toned, and you'll be feeling de-stressed and healthy. --Jenny Brown« less
Actor:Kathy Smith Genres:Exercise & Fitness Sub-Genres:Yoga Studio:Sony Wonder (Video) Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 03/07/2000 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999 Release Year: 2000 Run Time: 1hr 50min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
Susan D. from ASTORIA, NY Reviewed on 7/30/2010...
I have had this DVD for a while now. I really like it. I am bored with it now, of course, but the cardio routine is good, challenging and sweat inducing. I haven't done the wait training so I can't comment on that. This has kept me active and I have lost weight using it.
New technology, old material
S. Friedman | Austin, TX | 03/26/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD format has great potential to provide a better home workout than VHS. The music sounds better, you don't have to fast forward or rewind, and you can customize the "order" your workout. The concept behind "Personal Trainer" is that you can create your own workout routine from a menu of different exercises; cardio, sculpting, and stretching. This is a great idea that doesn't live up to its promises. For starters, the material isn't new. All of the workout segments are excerpts from older Kathy Smith videos. Kathy is a great motivator and has put out some good videos, but this DVD has a cheap "cut and paste" feel to it. It just gives you the sense that they wanted to get a DVD on the market for the sake of putting out a DVD. Kathy's "Kickboxing" DVD is a much better use of the technology. The 20 minute cardio workout (from "Cardio Fat Burner) is way too dancy for my taste, and too short to provide a good workout. The personal advice section from Kathy even suggests that you augment this workout with 20 minutes of walking. The sculpting an toning section (from "Lift Weights to Lose Weight" and "Functionally Fit/Lower Body") is more effective, but you do need a weight bench to do the routine. The yoga routine from "New Yoga Basics" is nice for a change of pace, but not worth the price of the entire DVD. The section that I'll probably keep returning to is the abs and back strenthening section. For 7 minutes, it's a good routine. The "extra" features are pretty worthless, they include Kathy's bio and catalogue of videos. If you're looking for something new, you're not going to find it here. I'd wait until Kathy puts out a DVD workout containing new material."
September | 05/03/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
". . . I looked high and low to get a fitness DVD and I washighly disappointed with this compilation of Kathy Smith's previousworks. Since I am a Kathy Smith fan I already own every workoutsegment that is on this DVD. It is nice being able to forward quickly to the segments that I want to exercise with. But the cardio segment was from her Timesaver series and is definitely not my favorite, too dancy. Too bad they couldn't come up with any new material to add."
Easy and Fun Workouts
September | Trevose, PA USA | 05/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Normally, I'm not a fan of workout videos, but since one of my biggest complaints about them is fast forwarding or rewind to specific sections, a DVD seemed like a much better choice. Sure enough, I love this Kathy Smith DVD. I can do only the sections I want or I can follow one of Kathy's training schedules. The warm up is okay, but it quickly becomes boring after doing it everyday. There's no challenge to it, so it sinply becomes a matter of doing it because one should. It does give a decent warm up, and really prepares one for the Cardio workout.The Aerobics/Cardio section is more based on dance than I expected, but that thrilled me since I had been bored of the normal jumping jack routines that I expected. It took me about five days to learn the routine to the point where I can do it perfectly, but I liked mastering the moves. The section is a little short and I wished there had been a longer thirty to forty minute Cardio section, in addition, but this one still managed to give me a decent workout. After two weeks of it, however, it's becoming a little too easy.The same can be said for the leg workout. Short, effective, and fun but a little too easy. However, in this section, Kathy does offer a few hints to make the workout more difficult. The arm section is difficult to me, but this might be more because I have weak arms than because the workout itself is hard. It offers to distinct levels of challenge which is nice, but I've only tried the easier level.The abs and back strengthening section is very short (clocking in at about five minutes) but it is difficult. I wish it was a little longer because I doubt that a five minute workout even if done every day would be that effective.The yoga section is simple and relaxing. It offers a nice amount of stretching for the legs and back. I haven't done it many times, but my mother loves it since the other parts of the workout are too hard or too fast for her. I wouldn't recommend it to someone looking for a yoga workout, but it is a nice way to unwind at night.The cool down (stretching) section is nicely done and really stretches the legs and spine well. It doesn't work the arms nearly enough, but it's forgiveable considering. I've already felt an adjustment in my flexability and I think it's because Kathy emphasizes holding stretches the correct way for a good amount of time.Overall, I'd suggest this fun workout to people who like dance aerobics and who are at a beginner or intermediate level of fitness. Those who want a hard, long workout or those who are uncoordinated should probably look elsewhere."
Algernon | St. Clair, MI United States | 11/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has one of the best formats I've seen yet. Unlike some reviewers, I don't mind that the segments are a hodge-podge of other Kathy Smith videos, because I don't have any others by her. This was my introduction. I really like the mix-and-match ability you get with this DVD. It's really using the format to its fullest.Overall, the workouts are pretty good. Kathy indeed is one of those perky, whooping women, which is grating. I'm used to Minna, Karen Voigt, Tamilee ... much more subdued instructors. Once I got past that, though, I couldn't deny that the workouts themselves are pretty effective.The cardio ticked me off at first because it's quite dancy, and I'm not very coordinated. By the second try, though, I had most of the moves down and got a good workout in 20 minutes. The upper-body workout was pretty intense. I really like how this one lets you do higher reps with lighter weights, or do fewer reps with heavier weights. That option alone will keep me coming back to that segment. The lower-body workout is NOT 20 minutes, like the Amazon description and the catalogue on the DVD says. It's 10 minutes. Luckily, it's a very effective 10 minutes. I can feel it today from yesterday's workout. The yoga's good, too, though it stops pretty abruptly as it's pulled off another, longer video. The warm-up and cool downs are OK. I usually don't use them, though; I usually start with another tape (maybe TotalMix's Quick Fix) and cool down with Tamilee's Stretch for Beginners. But it's nice to have them as an option on the same DVD. That way, you don't HAVE to go from one workout tape to another if you don't want to.It would have been nice to have another cardio segment on this tape. I'm sure Kathy knows that variety is key, and we're supposed to do cardio more often than the other exercises. But, all in all, this was a good introduction to Kathy Smith's cheerleader brand of instruction, and it's definitely a good workout."
bulldozen | Livermore, California USA | 11/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a Kathy Smith fan and I use this video every other day. As well as cardio and weight training, there is also a yoga segment. I have her videos on VHS and now I want them on DVD. It's a great deal; 3 different workouts on one video. No it's not anything different then her video tapes but if you love Kathy Smith it won't matter. You don't need weights for lower body work and believe me you still feel it. Upper body is quick with great directions."