Pilates' and aerobics' biggest strengths in one workout
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ask any dancer or gymnast, and they'll tell you the secret to physical fitness is getting your abdomen and back strong and flexible. Tae Bo combines Pilates' attention to those areas with excellent aerobic exercise.I've done a lot of tapes, and I've never found one as thorough as Get Ripped Advanced. Workout 1 is more intense than 2, but both are several degrees harder than the original Advanced tape from the first Tae Bo 4-pack. As a man in good condition, I find these workouts quite challenging, and that's something that can't be said for the vast majority of exercise tapes.The great thing about Tae Bo is that you can ratchet up your workout as your technique gets better. I am even more exhausted when I do these today than I was when I started several months ago, because I'm paying more attention to working through the movements properly.Even more aerobically challenging than running, and every bit as focused on the abs, legs and rear as Pilates. I wish there were additional Tae Bo workouts of this intensity to vary my routine even more."
IF YOU WANT TO BURN THE CALORIES FAST...
Linda D. Robinson | Illinois | 10/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"GET THIS DVD...You will burn at least 1000 calories once you master the moves and can HANG until the end!!! If you do this DVD at least 4 times a week YOU WILL SEE IMPROVEMENT within 30 days, hands down. I give it 4 stars because of the off beat counting at times, but with Blanks new DVD Tae-Bo Cardio, much of this has been addressed and cleared up. You will workout and feel it, but at the end it is worth it. Also, KNOW THE TECHNIQUE before purchasing this DVD. If you do not, I advise to get the original Tae-Bo or Tae-Bo Live DVD's. These DVD's have the instructional section which will walk you through the technique. Many have complained of knee injury etc., remember when you kick you raise your thigh and extend your leg, do not just throw it out there, this is where injuries occur. And again, it is important to know the technique before jumping into any of the workouts, including the basic format."
Every muscle gets it....
Linda D. Robinson | 05/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Get Ripped Advanced series are 60-minute workouts that will work your entire body, head to toe, and leave you drenched in sweat! Ever since I started using these workouts, I haven't been able to find any comparable to the intensity and challenge of them. I'm an advanced exerciser, and these tapes are strictly for advanced tae-bo fans. I love how Billy uses workouts that really work every part of the abs, over and over. You will DEFINITELY need a bottle of water during these...yes, his production level is still the low-budget, cheesey type; however, I'm still getting every penny's worth because these tapes are used over and over again; never boring...to me, that's worth more than high production value--forget the mountains, beaches, beautiful music and wardrobes; these workouts are for REAL people of all shapes/sizes, and they will work for you faster than any other workout. Don't be afraid to try them (they can seem intimidating at first); once you get it, you'll stick with it!"
Take your Tae Bo workout to the next level!
Kelly Garbato | Kearney, MO USA | 05/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Buyers beware: "Tae Bo II: Get Ripped Advanced" is not for newbies! If you're just starting out, pick up the original 4-pack, start with the Instructional video, move on to the Basic and Advanced workouts once you have the moves down, and don't even think about buying "Tae Bo II: Get Ripped Advanced" until you can do the Advanced workout without feeling nauseous or faint! It took me six months to graduate from the Basic to the Advanced workout (yes, I was SERIOUSLY out of shape!), and another three months of doing the Advanced workout before I gave "Tae Bo II: Get Ripped Advanced" a go. Even then, it kicked my butt. I've been doing it for about six months now, and I LOVE it!
"Tae Bo II: Get Ripped Advanced" features two great 55-minute workouts - Tae Bo II: Get Ripped Advanced 1 and Tae Bo II: Get Ripped Advanced 2 (these naming schemes are starting to get confusing, no?). Each is extremely fast-paced and neither leaves you much time to catch your breath in between segments. This is a good thing - the more exercises they can cram into the DVD, the further my dollar goes. Plus, there's always the pause button if you start to get winded to the point of nausea.
I went from 140 to 120 pounds while doing the original Basic and Advanced workouts (just for reference, I'm female and a shorty at 5'4"). By the time I started the Get Ripped series, I definitely wasn't overweight, but I wanted better muscle tone - and Get Ripped delivered! Since I started this DVD, I've lost an additional 10 pounds and have developed good-sized biceps and surprisingly strong legs. Though you won't get as ripped as Shellie, Debbie, and Michelle (hey, they all weight train, too!), you will see a difference.
As an added bonus, there's also a 8-minute power workout included. Actually, it really runs 15-minutes - there's a 7-minute warmup that for some reason isn't factored into the total running time.
My main gripe with this TB DVD is the same as always - Billy sometimes neglects to repeat an exercise the same number of times on each side. This can of course be remedied by alternating your starting side so that one day your left side does more work, the next day your right side gets more reps, and so on. Otherwise, an awesome workout!"