Kathy Smith’s “Walk Fit” was the first exercise tape I’ve ever purchased…that was 1988. I’d just had my second baby and I wanted something I could do while he napped and something I could do at home because my kids were already in daycare too much of the day. I remember scouring the isles trying to find something that fit, and I landed on Kathy. I took the tape home (VHS!) and instantly fell in love with the tall, blonde, and fit woman who seemed so calm and so confident. I don’t remember now how long I stuck with it, but I do know that that wasn’t the last Kathy Smith workout I purchased.
I recently got the chance to try her newest age-fighting workout, “Ageless With Kathy Smith: Staying Strong.” This one is divided into four 15-minutes workouts that you combine or do separately. Each focuses on a different core area and done together , they’re designed to be a complete workout to shape you, promote lean muscle, and increase bone density and stamina. I love the variety the four workouts provide – it allows you to do what you feel up to that day, and like all of Kathy’s programs, it offers positive support, tips on proper form, and general health reminders to keep you on the right track.
The Ageless With Kathy Smith: Staying Strong program doesn’t need any equipment, but weights are helpful (use soup cans if you don’t have weights) and some exercises make the use of the back of a chair (a dining room chair works fine). If you’re fit you’ll find that Kathy will give you a run for your money. If you’re new to exercise or have limitations, Kathy gives you alternative moves so you’ll never feel like you’re being left behind. There are floor exercises so a mat is helpful, but if doing floor work doesn’t work for you because of back problems or other limitations, you’ll have to figure out an alternative on your own as sadly Kathy doesn’t offer standing solutions.
I really enjoyed these workouts and my only complaint is that in the last 23 years since my first encounter with Kathy as a new mother in my 20s, Kathy hasn’t aged and I have. Now I’m not saying she’s had a little help, but I’m just saying she doesn’t look her age.
KATHY SMITH has been a leading force in the fitness industry for nearly 30 years. A mother of two daughters, she is a trusted motivator who has sold more than $50 million in infomercial products and more than 16 million workout videos worldwide. Her next Ageless DVD, Total Body Turnaround, will be released in November.
Ageless With Kathy Smith: Staying Strong DVD Details
- Bonus: Q&A with Kathy Smith and 12-min stretch routine
- Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: Acacia
- DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
- Run Time: 60 minutes
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