Jane Fonda: Low Impact Workout Series
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.
Aerobics Impact: Mixed
Lower Impact: Both feet never leave the ground at the same time. This minimizes stress on your knees.
Higher Impact: Includes movements like jumps, hops and skips. Very high-impact is called plyometrics.
Mixed Impact: This alternates or combines the above styles.
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: Jane Fonda (Instructor Profile)
Intermediate aerobic-dance enthusiasts will have lots of fun with this workout from Jane Fonda's Personal Trainer Series. In the first half, three of Fonda's instructors (Jane is nowhere to be seen) lead an upbeat 25-minute aerobic workout, full of constantly changing dance moves.
The instructors are engaging and clear, and class members demonstrate lighter intensity and higher intensity variations. If you're not coordinated or experienced with aerobic dance, you might be frustrated by the moves changing before you get them. If you are used to aerobic dance, and coordination is your middle name, you'll love the variety of this workout.
The second half of the video is a 20-minute stretch--"a deep, total-body, head-to-toe stretch-out"--led by Fonda herself. She addresses exercise fanatics who would rather do more cardio than stretch: "One of the nice things about being older is that you gain perspective. You learn there's a middle way between the extremes, and that's what to aim for."
She leads a languid, relaxing stretch sequence, advising you to modify for your personal flexibility level. (It's strange that she keeps her aerobic shoes on through the stretch routine--go ahead and take yours off.)