The title (Body Rock) and video cover (showing Olympic high jumper Amy Acuff and promising "fashionably fit aerobics") are deceptive. First, this is a cardio kickboxing workout, and the leader is trainer Allan Aranzamende... more »z, not Acuff (who is just one of the class participants, although she does talk from time to time). Aranzamendez preteaches the moves during the warm- up, giving us the basics of jabs and kicks, but no technique instructions or safety precautions. Then he leads a 20-minute cardio segment consisting of a complex routine, teaching it one piece at a time. Many of the moves keep the legs stationary, the upper body and torso moving. Except for the beginning of the workout, Aranzamendez forgets to reverse the left-right cuing--he cues right when it's our left, and vice versa (the directions are correct for him and his participants, but not for us), which is distracting and makes the patterns harder to follow. True to the format of an MTV video, the participants are youthful, very fit (showing off bare midriffs and chests to prove it), and good-looking. The video ends with a few minutes of summer makeup and fashion tips (including how to find a swimsuit that fits and flatters). --Joan Price« less
"Ok I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 because, if you can ignore everything else and put some effort into it, the actual workout does get your heartrate up and gets you a little sweaty. But (where do I begin??) this is a kickboxing workout, and if you haven't done anything martial-arts like before I am sure you could be very easily injured since the instructor gives no safety/form information. I HATE HATE HATE it when an instructor tells you to the opposite cueing (right is left and vice-versa). Amy Acuff is not motivating AT ALL! She is Calista-esque boney (scrawny doesn't equal fit to me) and totally lacks coordination (ok that can be a bit funny to watch), her only reason in the video is to make boring comments read from cue cards. And they talk about how great the music is but they only play a few good songs. I also found alot of the moves awkward to do and transitions between moves really poor. And I found it annoying when they would minimize a screen and put in a mini screen of one of the other participants faces. Definately go for a different video or DVD."
Fun but not rigorous
Tracy | New York | 01/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a college student who has been working out at a gym on and off for the the past 5 years. I have tried everything from step to kick boxing, but find myself needed something on those days when I am too lazy to attend a class. I bought this video because it looked modern and had good music. After completing the work out, I thought that it was a fun and light work out that raised my heart rate, but didn't leave me fatigued. The moves were fairly basic and included boxing moves, typical aerobic moves, and a decent cool down. The music was great and the instructor was full of energy and enthusiastic. If you are looking for a light 30 minute work out, this is a good choice. It's good for those off days when you really can't go the extra mile, but still want to burn substanstial calories."
A fun routine to have in your workout rotation
E. Gironda | Berkeley, CA | 04/04/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is only the second workout video I've ever bought, and I was expecting it to be a lot more difficult than it was. This is really a beginner level video as far as fitness goes, but maybe intermediate as far as the difficulty of the moves. The instructor is low key and not annoying, and the music is great. The moves themselves aren't hard to learn and are demonstrated in an easy to follow fashion, aside from the reversed cueing - but once you learn the routine you just remember to switch sides and more or less ignore the instructor save for the counts. It got me into my target heart rate zone for 15-20 minutes without boring me to pieces, and had a nice warmup and cooldown. I will likely go elsewhere when I get in better shape and this ceases to be any challenge at all."
Mtv video is great...
Melodie | California | 03/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, Allan messes up the right and left cues. Yes, Amy doesn't teach the video, but that's actually a good thing. She can't concentrate and talk at the same time. I have knee problems, therefore making it hard for me to do step aerobics, so this is a good floor routine. And check this out girls, I got my husband to do this video with me every other day. We do weights 3 day's a week and walks on Saturdays, so this is just a video for us to get our heart rates up during the week. We love it. Good warm up, floor routing, cool down and the music fits in perfectly where it needs to. But if your library has a copy, it's always good to try it first. Have fun...and stay healthy!"
The Worst Video Ever
Melodie | 08/22/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a working out to fitness videos the last 10 years (Tae-bo, Cindy Crawford etc) and this video has been the worst I ever bought. The instructor is condesending and not enjoyable to watch. The music is okay, the set is unmotivating, and the "star high jumper" is ridiculous. I'm planning on mailing my vido back to MTV. Don't buy it!"