I was looking for a way to get my heart rate up on a rainy day and didn't feel like hitting the gym. So I popped in Cardio for Beginners ($15). It consists of two 10-minute sessions, two 20-minute sessions, and a 5-minute stretching session at the end, so you can mix and match workouts depending on how much time you have. If you've ever done a cardio DVD like Cardio Sculpt or taken a low-impact Jazzercize class, then this video will seem all too familiar to you. It encompasses all the basic aerobic and dance moves like marching in place, knee ups, hamstring curls, squats, kicks, jumps, V-steps, and the oh-so-popular grapevines.
While I definitely got my heart rate up moderately, worked all my muscles, and liked how the instructor was encouraging, she was just a little too peppy for my taste. To be honest, it felt like a fitness video for a kid or an elderly person, since the moves were so basic and the three women in the video had perma-grins for the entire workout. So I must say, I agree with the title. This is an exercise DVD for the ultimate beginner or someone recovering from an injury. However, if you've been exercising for a while, I don't think this video is worth your time or money.
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