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Christi Taylor's Totally Cool Step
|More of a Memory and Coordination Challenge, Less a Physical One|
|I do not agree that the choreography is "moderate." It's complicated--unnecessarily complicated and somewhat aggravating. I tried to follow the people in the video who are doing modifications, but they are thoughtlessly placed in the back row so they are hard to see. The steps are too fast for me to use two risers, so I only used one. Even with the modified version, I had to rewind several times. Christi's method of teaching a new step is "watch this," which is fine most of the time, but it took me while to figure out what she meant by "mambo straddle." Despite all this, I got an okay workout (and a slightly twisted ankle when I fell). This challenges your memory and coordination much more than your stamina. I did not really notice the music because it was low and I was concentrating on listening to the directions. (There were a few minutes in dvd where the music was too loud and the directions were hard to discern which was frustrating.) - posted by Janine on 10/28/2013|
|Challenging, but worth the work|
|I ordered Totally Cool Step and Totally Cool Step 2 at the same time. This work out makes you work, and the routines are difficult. But if you stick to it, you will have fun. It takes several tries to really master the moves - I got confused over which leg to use many times. Christi's moves are often unexpected and not the same as the other instructors I have tried. I do the modified version and the women doing that version can be hard to see. - posted by Diane on 7/19/2013|
|I really like this video, it has been a few years since I have done any step workouts and the footwork has taken some time to learn. Everyday I get it down a little bit more, the move master was very helpful. Great workout. - posted by Cindy on 3/28/2013|
|Fast, fun and challenging|
|Christi is a superb instructor who cues extremely well. This routine is a whole lot of fun from beginning to end and the songs are great. The students in the class are also really gold and keep me motivated. The moves combine perfectly with the music. On my less energetic days I find this routine a bit hard from a cardio point of view as I am only an intermediate exerciser so I really can't do this on a bad day, but overall I just love it and don't get bored with it as easily as I do with more simple step routines. - posted by Christine on 6/18/2012|
|My favorite Step Aerobics DVD|
|I am 56 years old and I do my exercises every other day, inside my home, and in front of the TV. I do both hi-lo and step aerobics. My favorite fitness instructor is Christi Taylor. I love her choice of music and her routine or choreography. It is fun and lively. If you like to incorporate dancing in your exercises then you will love her DVDs. Though you will get a pretty good exercise from her DVDs your legs or lungs or both will not feel like giving up. Here are my favorite exercise DVDs from Christi Taylor.
1.Totally Hot Cardio – my personal favorite among the three.
2.Fantastic 4 Workouts – best value for your money with 4 workouts (2 hi-lo and 2 step)
3.Totally Cool Step – my favorite Step Aerobics DVD.
These DVDs are for intermediate and advanced aerobics people. But if you have good stamina and enjoy dancing GO FOR IT.
I only recommend exercise DVDs which I normally use. The following are my criteria:
•It should have at least 40 minutes of cardio exercises excluding the warm-up, cooldown, and stretch. For both 1 and 3 you should do the Cardio Bonus to get the minimum 40 minute exercise.
•There should be at least 3 persons in the DVD doing the aerobics.
•Use of popular dance music.
•DVD cast show enthusiasm.
•Enjoy and look forward to exercising.
Both 1 and 3 have exercise tutorials called Move Master. I did not use it. Just went straight to the exercises and rewinding to master the steps. I mastered it on the 3rd day.
Christi likes to do spins or 360 degree turns. Even though I wear eyeglasses I do all of her spins. But for newcomers I suggest that you avoid exercising on the rug. Also, do the spins after you have mastered the choreography. This applies specially to spinning on the steps. - posted by Jimmy Suapengco on 6/15/2012|
|Challenging and fun|
|Really interesting workout. I enjoyed the choreography. Just challenging enough. All the pivoting is hard to do on carpet, but it's easily omitted. Super! - posted by Deb on 3/8/2012|
|Very Challenging Choreography!|
|I have never done a Christi Taylor workout before. She is very likeable and I enjoy listening to her. However, I have been having a really hard time learning the steps to this workout. I have done some challenging choreography and normally prefer it to be hard, since I get bored so easily. This has been almost impossible for me. I have yet to complete the entire thing. I see that Collage rates this choreography as "Moderate", so maybe it is just me. Still, I like the moves and the instructor. I plan to do as much as I can follow, relying on my own moves if I can't figure out hers. Eventually I will catch on. - posted by Margaret on 12/16/2011|
|Good Step Workout|
|This is a well built step workout. She builds quickly enough to not be completely repetitive, instead quickly showing then doing the additional steps. This video has lower impact people in the back so you can follow their steps rather than all of the turns that are sometimes harder to do on your joints. Love the video. First time using Christi Taylor, I will continue to look at hers. - posted by Lorrie on 12/1/2011|
|Super Fun, not too hard to learn|
|I think this is one of Christi's easier step routines to learn. If you don't like hop turns and spins, it is probably not for you. Great soundtrack with the exception of the first two songs. This is a workout for someone that wants to bring a little joy to their day. - posted by Kat on 10/26/2011|
|love this one|
|Ok- you do need to be a good stepper- though once you learn the moves- this is a really fun workout- I really like the set & the music - I normally follow the girls in the back- since I really don't like alot of turning- though with even doing that - it is just fun, fun & I am thoroughly sweating when I am done- great workout - posted by donna on 6/23/2011|
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