LIVE verses Original
iansomniak | USA, Planet Earth | 07/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tae-Bo LIVE seems to have been designed mostly for experiencedTae-Bo enthusiasts rather than beginners, because it's a bit morechallenging that the Original version. The basic moves are the same, but many of the new moves require more balance and coordination than anything found on the Original tapes. For that reason, newcomers may want to try the Original version first. Others will find some improvements in LIVE, along with a few drawbacks. The Instructional LIVE tape is far superior to its Original counterpart (it's also almost twice as long). On it, Billy gives you several helpful safety tips and pointers to make you a better Tae-Boer -- like how to kick over the seat of a chair to keep from overextending your knees. Unfortunately, on the tape I have, the sound fluctuates erratically and continuously, forcing me to constantly adjust it with the TV remote. Then, we move from the slow and careful Instructional tape, to the fast and furious Basic tape. The Original Basic may have been too easy, but the LIVE Basic is too hard! Billy throws new moves at you so quickly, that by the time you get in the correct position to execute one move (making sure your knees aren't over your toes), he's on to the next move! I eventually got used to it after doing it several times, and pausing the VCR a lot, but I still mess up some of the steps. Another frustrating sound problem: at the end of my Basic tape, the sound drops to a whisper during Billy's closing speech. Now on to the LIVE Advanced tape, which is especially grueling, mostly due to the agonizing floor work midway through. Billy Blanks proves one thing here: you don't need to buy any of those gimmicky machines to exercise your abdominal muscles! Once you get used to doing the LIVE Advanced workout, you'll be ready for almost anything! I didn't notice any sound problems on this tape, except that some of the music used is extremely irritating -- to MY ears anyway. I like the fact that Billy includes more warm up and cool down exercises this time (the Original Advanced tape lacks these), and I like how he admits at the end of the tape that it's a tough workout (really! ). Plus, LIVE's "double times" seem a bit more realistic than the ones on the Original tape. Also included in the set is an 8-Minute Workout tape (I never used this because I don't believe 8 minutes of exercise is long enough to do much good -- just my opinion). Overall, Tae-Bo LIVE is a pretty good follow-up to Original, but the technical aspects could stand some improvement. I think LIVE works best if you buy "Tae-Bo Gold" (sold separately here at Amazon) and use that tape after the Instructional tape, and then go to the Basic and Advanced tapes. Also recommended: Billy Blanks' Tae-Bo guidebook entitled, "The Tae-Bo Way.""
Tae Bo Live 2000 - WOW
mannysdoll | Londonderry, NH United States | 02/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have owned the older Tae Bo series for a few years now. They were getting a bit repetitive, so I bought the new Tae Bo Live series. WOW!!!! I was doing the advanced on the older series, so I plopped the advanced in and assumed I'd be able to do it. No way, it is total boot camp !! So, I've been using the beginner tape and it is fabulous. It will be some time before I can build up to the advanced, but I am sure the beginner workout will get me into great shape in the meantime. You would think that a beginner workout would be a bit on the easy side, but this one is quite challenging. I definitely recommend this tape to EVERYONE!! It is the BEST total body work out I have ever done."
Tae bo enthusiast
divalcious | nj | 12/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i've been doing tae bo for over 2 years now and have all the advanced videos... yes, billy doesn't always remember to do equal sets on both sides, yes the music and some of the people in the back can be annoying (especially when they aren't doing an exercise right or not getting into it) no, you aren't learning how to do actual martial arts... but overall, this is an excellent workout. i've lost about 55 lbs. with the help of these videos and i'm in incredible shape. when i started out, i had no muscle tone at all. i was using the basic and started noticing results after a few weeks. now i'm muscular, have great abs, am very flexible and have a lot of stamina, all because of tae bo. i'm even considering getting certified in kickboxing so i can become an instructor. if you are looking to get into incredible shape with a fun workout that is really challenging, try these tapes. you'll never be bored and you'll end up with a great body. when you graduate to the advanced videos and can do the full hour without pausing, you will realize just how in shape you are (to the women considering buying this, you'll feel like you can kick anyone's butt... lol). i just caution everyone to use the instructional every so often so you can make sure you are doing the moves the right way, especially the kicks. you can really hurt yourself if you don't."
Great Fitness Motivator
kdms | Billings, MT USA | 02/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Tae-Bo. I have been doing it for a couple of years now. I bought this series because a friend told me it was a great workout. That was an UNDERSTATEMENT!! this is the best workout I have ever done. I have watched all four tapes, although I have only actually done the intro, and the basic. In just 4 weeks since I purchased them, my stomach has shrunk considerably, I can see definition in my muscles, and I feel great all the time. I would definetley recommend this to ANYONE!!"