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|Tae-Bo Workout - Instructional and Basic
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Sales Rank: 82
Publisher: Ventura Distribution
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Manufacturer: Ventura Distribution
Label: Ventura Distribution
Format: Color, Ntsc
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: VHS Tape
Running Time: 67 minutes
Number Of Items: 2
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.7
Dimensions (in): 8.2 x 7.3 x 1.1
Release Date: December 29, 1998
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 1997
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Billed as the "future of fitness" and hawked by numerous celebrities, Billy Blanks's Tae-Bo actually deserves much of the hype it's receiving. A mixture of boxing punches and martial arts kicks, Tae-Bo is fun and easy. One of the best elements of this two-tape set is that the first tape (which is 40 minutes long), Tae-Bo: Instructional, lays out the movements you need to successfully complete a workout. Once you've mastered the steps, you won't have to fast-forward through half the tape to get to the workout, nor will your workout be slowed down by the repeated lessons. After you feel comfortable with the movements (and they're really quite easy to follow; nothing too complicated to trip you up), you're ready to move on to Tae-Bo: Basics, a 27-minute workout (5 minutes of warm-up, 18 minutes of Tae-Bo, and 4 minutes of cool-down) that will have your heart pounding and your body sweating. The only downside to this tape is the less-than-exciting music. Blanks, a seven-time World Martial Arts champion, is a superb instructor, providing encouragement and careful instruction (if you don't know by the end of the tape to hold in your stomach, that's no one's fault but your own). Not only is Tae-Bo great exercise for all levels, but the punches and kicks are wonderful for working out stress and aggression. This is the aerobics exercise video for people who are bored by aerobics. --Jenny Brown
Energizing. Explosive. Powerful. Uplifting. Thats how superstar athletes, Hollywood celebrities and thousands of people just like you from around the world describe Tae-Bo, the hottest workout in America. Personally developed by 7 time World Martial Arts champion Billy Blanks, Tae-Bo blends your own hidden strength with the ancient arts of self-defense, dance, and boxing combined with todays great music. Tae-Bo is unlike any workout program youve ever tried before! See consistent, amazing results from your very first workout as Tae-Bo takes you to your next level of physical fitness.
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An Inspirational Product March 17, 2006
0 out of 3 found this review helpful
Not only is this a truly great workout that will get you in shape and keep you in shape, it has also been a real inspiration to me in my life and work... When I was getting ready to produce the NEW SEX NOW video, there was a lot of back and forth about whether I should actually be in the video myself or hire performers to do the New Sex demonstration (I am an Ivy League graduate, after all!)One of my confidants asked me, "Is Billy Blanks in his Tae Bo video?" and I said, "He is." And my friend said, "If he's in his video, then you should be in your video." So I am. Thanks Billy, for making a great program and for being such an inspiration.
Excellent workout to fight cellulite/squishy out of shape legs and butt January 13, 2006
7 out of 7 found this review helpful
A few years ago I borrowed these tapes from my sister when I wanted to get in shape for a trip to the islands and decided to start with the basic tape. Let me start by saying I HATE jumping around and aerobics on a whole. I was not terribly out of shape but I had lost all my muscle tone and definition in my legs and [back]. Anyway, I started doing the basic Monday through Friday and let me tell you, within 3 weeks I changed my squishy [back] and thighs into sculpted thighs with NO cellulite and a beautiful [back] (not one line or lump or bump, smooth booty)it was a wonderful feeling to put on shorts or a bikini with so much pride and confidence. My abs were like a washboard...I recently decided to start working out again and I was looking through old photos and came across a pic of myself in a bikini shot that I took on that island and then I said to myself TAE-BO!!!! I have to laugh because I always refer to those days as my glory days and when people would ask how I did it I would say "tae-bo basic" and low carbs...anyway the point is that I know it works...trust me. Needless to say, the tapes were borrowed and never returned to me and so after googling them, I found them on amazon and I purchased the basic tape and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival (I mean literally twiddling thumbs in excitement). If you want a sculpted body and a relatively manageable (you can get throught it) workout tai-bo basic is for you. I had bought the tae-bo live a couple years ago to get the same effect but I couldn't follow through it was too hard, I felt drained after, that's why I am endorsing the BASIC ORIGINAL tape because I was able to stick to it. Anyway sorry for the long review but I just had to add my 2 cents. For all the people out there, especially the ladies that are fighting to get back muscle tone and are not afraid of a sculpted cellulite free body, do tae-bo ORIGINAL BASIC workout and eat healhty meals limiting the food you know is crap and you will see results, well I did so it's worth a try.
Good for a while April 8, 2005
8 out of 9 found this review helpful
Like any exercise tape this will get old as you increase your strength. I enjoyed it when first starting kickboxing but now it is not hard enough. If you want to get into kickboxing I would recommend this Basic tape but if you can get it without having to buy the Instructional do that (try to borrow that as you won't use it long). The workout is about the right length for a beginner (27 minutes). One thing that really bothers me is Billys odd, revealing and embarrassing outfit. Overall a dated but good workout that got me addicted to aerobics. I would also recommend Tae Bo Cardio Circuit 2 which is an hour but very low key and more instructional in a newer (and better cuing) style.
Great March 22, 2005
11 out of 11 found this review helpful
This is the first workout video I've ever done, besides 8-minutes abs (very good by the way). This is only the basic video and it really gets you going. I had never done taebo before but now I love it and I just ordered the Advanced video. The music is cheesy but what would a work out video be with out the cheesy music. Billy is a good and motivating coach and now I can recommend taebo to anyone! It's a great fun way to get in shape!
I lost weight and I have back problems October 8, 2004
16 out of 16 found this review helpful
Tae Bo works. IF you do it. And Billy Blanks makes it enjoyable, and gives you little pep talks too.
I've had back problems since 1992, and I'm fairly young, but 12 years later, I still have re-occuring back issues that occasionally temporarily disable me to the point that I have trouble moving around. I gain a lot of weight during these short periods, and a combination of Slim Fast, a temporary elimination of take-out, and Tae Bo, takes it right off.
The instrutional video is good - any time the people in the video are sweating as much as you are, it's a good sign. But I have to take a star off from Billy for bundling this as a legitimate exercise tape - the instructional doesn't have a real work out. You need the instructional, sure, but you're better off buying a four pack that includes the instructional, the 8 minute, the basic and the advanced. You'll barely use the initial video - though I think it could be used effectively as a teaser to get people to buy.
Once you see how easy it can be, and how fast the weight can come off if you use the video properly, you'd buy it based on the instructional alone.