If you are trying to rebuild muscle areas that have gotten weak from sitting long hours, and need to be careful of your spinal stenosis (my personal experience), then this is a great DVD for getting started. The movements are not fancy, but they are targeted to strengthen the hips, outer thighs, side core and arms. Good for elderly or anyone who is just beginning to try to rebuild hip, thigh, and core stability. There is no swinging of the arms and twisting of the torso that is bad for spinal stenosis. It's not floor work, just standing and chair if needed. What I learned in PT is how thoughtfully these simple exercises need to be done. Feel every muscle that is engaged. The final routine is a Tai Chi type flow built from the elements practiced in the earlier 12-18 minute sessions. The DVD is older, so there is no handy menu at the beginning that allows you to pick from the intro and the subsequent routines. You have to plow through the intro each time and use the remote to click forward by chapter to the one you want to do. Still, its hard to find exercise routines that are simple and effective for those who are far from the athletic end of the gym.
I love this video! I got it to help with movement, flexibility and strengthening for my aging body. I have some experience with yoga so I knew what to expect. I have not gone through all of the categories but what I have, the pace was just right for me, and if I needed to focus on an area a bit more I just hit pause to do a few more of that particular pose. As for the level of difficulty, I have not found any yet that are way too hard for me and I know the rule is always to do what my body can at the time. I have found continued practice improves my ability, hense I know it is working! The only things I would like to have seen more of was coaching on when/how to breathe within some of the poses.
I've viewed the entire video and gone through 2 of the sections so far. Jane gives clear instructions and does the moves with you with only the amount of conversation needed to make sure you are doing the moves correctly. My only suggestion is that instructions make clear that for some of the sequences you really need a chair with arms. I don't have any that can be used for this type of exercise and so can't do the chair push ups. However, I have found no other issues so far and find the sessions to be calming yet physically stimulating. I don't get that frantic feeling that one often gets when trying to follow someone who keeps talking through the exercises instead of just counting and leading from one move to the next. Also, the scenery is phenomenal. Had I done more of the video at this point, I'd give it 5 stars.
This DVD is a good complement to the other workout videos that I use in my home gym. I especially like the balancing exercises. As a senior, it is very important to maintain my balance and flexibility which this video addresses.
This JAdams DVD is great for seniors and anyone with mobility or vestibular issues - options with and without chair or aids is great to have, as well the length of the each sessions is reasonable for beginners and if you do all sessions good for improving your baseline.
I am pleased with this DVD as it offers an easy to follow set of routines & I always feel relaxed and also am able to tell my body was challenged, even with the slow movements. My only frustration is with the format of the program- navigating the dvd is confusing.