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Sorry, Billy, but this is not your best one...
on 31 March 2013
I have a number of Tae Bo DVDs by Billy Blanks, both old and new, and I can honestly say this is by far the most uninspiring one. Let me put it this way: the workout itself is OK for beginners and lower intermediate exercisers, with the usual kicks and punches, but there are a number of things which have prevented me from giving it more than 2 stars, and I have given it a few tries before publishing this review, but it doesn't get any better; rather, the opposite is the case. My main complaint is that the DVD does not live up to its title, for an inferno it is not, but there are also some other things I dislike about it:
1) As usual, Billy fails to train both sides evenly. I know, I know, this is one of the most frequent gripes about Billy's workouts, but one would have thought that he would have got it right by now. Not the case.
2) Billy explains each move very clearly before jumping onto the cardio bit; he makes you perform it at a slow pace so that you get it right and then gets you to do it double-time. That would be a very good thing were it not that you spend more time doing the move slowly than double-time, which is, to say the least, a bit of a paradox considering the title of this DVD!!
3) From minute 30 onwards, Billy starts preaching and prattling about you being your own boss, being in control of your body and your workout, etc, and I have to start fast-forwarding or, alternatively, running in place to keep my heart rate up. Seriously, at one stage he goes on and on for almost 2 minutes!! Talk about getting carried away...
4) Around minute 45, after all this preaching, and when you're seriously craving some real challenge that will send your heart rate up even if for only the final 10 minutes, he starts with the stretches, and by minute 50, it's all over. Therefore, the 67-minute claim must be if you count the tutorial, which seasoned exercisers like me will only bother watching once, if at all.
All in all, I can only do this supposed "cardio inferno" on very light days, and even then I can't help feeling that I haven't had a real workout at all, as it never really takes off, to put it mildly. I'm sorry to say this DVD appears to have been put together in a rushed and improvised manner, and it will definitely go to the bottom of my rotation.
Having said this, please do not hesitate to try some of the new Tae Bo releases, such as "This is Tae Bo", "Tae Bo Extreme" or "Tae Bo Express", which are all really good.