Collage Video sent me a couple exercise dvd's to review. Here's a little bit of information about Collage Video for those of you who have never heard of it. Back in 1987, they realized that back-of-the-package video descriptions — and friends’ suggestions — just didn’t get us videos that were right for OUR situation. So they decided there had to be a better way — search out the best videos and describe them honestly. Then they printed the first-ever exercise video catalog. Since then they’ve helped over one million people reach their fitness goals. 25 years later, they’re still here and still family-owned ... all because of their loyal (and in-shape!) customers.
Four well-cued segments: fast-paced aerobics, compound toning,
core/stretch and aero/tone intervals. Done in sequence, this is a truly
“balanced” total-body program ... or you can just select one segment for a
shorter/easier workout. The cardio series combines fitness favorites
with interesting multi-directional movements. The toning segment begins
with standing dumbbell routines and ends with varied floorwork. The
core/stretch section is a natural fusion of both techniques (e.g. deep
stretches that progress into a classic crunches). The ballet-inspired
aero/tone segment ranges from pliés and side-steps to pulsed lunges and
seated knee taps. Can be done in a small area. Requires 3 to 5 lb.
Jessica Smith's Total Body Balance is so much fun. I love the scenery outside in Miami. I have done the full workout and several of the segments on their own. I really enjoy the toning segment and the core/stretch section too. Jessica is a fantastic instructor and she really knows her stuff. Her exercises are quite effective. They are a bit challenging at times but she makes it easy to follow. I love working out with Jessica Smith and she has hit it out of the park with this DVD.