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Susan Tuttle's In Home Fitness: Chair Strength And Tone For Seniors
Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Toning Emphasis: Total Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Instructor: Susan Tuttle (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 64 min.
Street Date: March 11, 2014
Certified instructor description:
This is a workout that allows you the option to stand or sit and feel good about that choice. It is designed so that you can improve your strength, stamina and balance whether you are strong enough to stand or working up to it. This is a beginner workout taught by a high-energy instructor. Susan Tuttle teaches a slow march with as much enthusiasm as the hardest highest impact move. ©2013; chair and light hand weights suggested
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This DVD contains two separate workouts, each around thirty minutes in length. Each workout allows you to choose between standing cardio and seated cardio with the same foot and arm work. This is not just a workout for a household chair; those who use a wheel chair could also complete these exercises from their chair. The workouts start with the cardio exercises and Suan choreographs the footwork so that it is more fun than just marching. She includes cha chas and “out out in in” moves. Even more exciting are the arm movements. She swims with the arms, rubs the hands together briskly, and pushes the arms overhead. These moves are enjoyable but they also work joint mobility and get the stiffness out of wrists and shoulders.
Susan transitions slowly from one move to the next with lots of reminders to get water. The transitions are slow, but they flow effortlessly from one move to the next. She does not jump around from one body part to the next, she moves methodically from muscle to muscle with enthusiasm and safety. The strength training moves include compound movements. The instructor combines upper and lower body moves. This would be considered an advanced movement technique but in this workout it just makes sense to combine the body parts. The lower body exercises are not overly challenging so adding a lateral raise to a plié is not as vigorous as it would be in a standing workout. Susan manages to make core-training fun as well. She rounds the back and shimmies the shoulders back to engage and keep flexibility in the core muscles.
Susan put as much creativity and planning in to this workout as she would for an extremely advanced class. You will not feel like this is a tough class that has been dumbed down; this feels like a workout designed specifically for each individual. Just because it is a beginner workout does not mean that it has to be taught with minimal energy and this instructor does a great job teaching people regardless of their fitness ability. It is easy to see both the chair exerciser and the person who is standing. Having the two workout options is a huge benefit. Each workout is different but accomplishes the same thing. Susan is a true teacher! She was organized, enthusiastic and motivational. Susan never talks about this being a workout. She makes the time spent feel like an opportunity to feel better, not something to dread because you have to exercise.