I bought this tape when it first came out in 1991 as a way to get fit and lose a few pounds. This was the first exercise tape I'd bought and I really didn't know what to expect and I certainly didn't expect it to be fun! There are 3 workouts on this tape: a 38 minute step workout led by the excellent Keli Roberts; a 10 minute ab workout and a 32 minute toning workout for your legs and butt.
These workouts are tough. The abs and legs workouts are very intense and produce great results.
The step workout: the class is divided up into 4 different groups: the beginner without a step, beginners with a 4" step, intermediates with a 6" step and the advanced exercisers who are using an 8" step and do the high impact (jumps) moves. This is a fun class. The level of the step choreography is mixed, starting at a basic level and getting more complex as the workout progresses. Cher is always encouraging and I find her, Keli, the class and especially the music, very motivational. I've used this tape for years and have a lot of other step workouts, this is the one I enjoy the most and pull out time after time.
The ab workout: you'll be doing a lot of intense crunches so be sure to stretch out your stomach muscles afterward. The back strengthening work is great but Keli's cueing is a little bit off so you should watch this section at least twice through before you attempt it so that you don't need to turn your head to look at the screen to find out what you should be doing.
The legs workout: this is tough and can be hard on your knees. You may need to do a longer warmup before doing this section of the tape but if you're doing it after the step and abs workouts you'll be fine. This workout will really tone your legs and buttocks and you'll be doing a lot of squats, lunges, inner thigh work and leg raises. It will hurt you the next day but you'll love the results.
My only complaint? This should be on DVD :o)