Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2015
Jessica Smith is my absolute, FAVORITE fitness trainer. She has gained momentum, and popularity over the past few years, with her impressive line-up of fantastic DVDs, including, but not limited to, multiple in the "Walk On" series, that are designed to really be "for everyone". This most recent addition to the Jessica Library is no exception.
Following in the footsteps of Leslie Sansone, and improving on Jessica's previous "Walk On" releases, this latest, includes a variety of 5 different routines/miles (warm up and cool down included) that can be done simultaneously, or mixed and matched based on preference. Each Walk is about 15 minutes each, and is 1 mile in distance, making it easy to rack up those 10,000 steps a day from the comfort of your home. As always, Jessica performs the intermediate options, and has a higher impact exerciser option and a lower impact option for beginners or those who need to take things slower or with less impact.
Mile 1 Brain Booster Walk; is a fun walk, that combines upper body/arm and hand motions in opposite directions, or patterns that differ from the lower body, to help stimulate and develop neurons in the brain. It's challenging, but very fun! Almost like a game. This walk is totally different from anything Jessica has done before.
Mile 2 Belly, Buns and Thighs Walk: Incorporates mini-squats, standing knee pulls/crunches with arms, etc. to work the abs and lower body from all angles without having to get on the floor and do boring sit-ups (I am totally feeling this one the day after!!)
Mile 3 Power Posture Walk: Again is a paced walk, using arm reaches and raises, chest expansion work with the upper body and other moves while standing, to work the upper body, shoulders and back. I really could feel this one working, and I didn't have a single weight in my hand.
Mile 4 Turbo Charged Walk: Is just as it sounds, a faster paced (13 minute vs 15) walk, that incorporates some multi-directional movement (don't worry, it's easy, and you won't be uncoordinated or trip over your feet), and periods of light jogging, to help build up cardiovascular endurance and stamina. It's also a great place to start if you'd like to build up to being able to run or jog, or are recovering from an injury and just getting back into something higher impact. As always, there is a modifier, that does not jog, so you have that option if it is not right for you.
Mile 5 Boogie Down Walk: Is as it sounds, a fun 15 minute, dancy-style (think Zumba) walk, that puts a smile on your face, and some sweat on your brow.
Included also are two BONUS 15 minute stand alone routines (The Strong Feet and Ankles Routine AND The Strong Knees and Hips Routine) that use a simple chair, and folded bath towel to help develop the often overlooked, but important muscles in these areas.
In Summary, I truly feel that this is easily one of Jessica's BEST DVD releases to date which will easily become part of my routine, be that stand alone, or incorporated with other routines.
Multiple, short routines to mix and match with the ability to "build you own workout" from the menu screen
Bubbly, upbeat instructor who truly enjoys what she does.
NEW TO THIS DVD, a count-down timer at or near the 8 minute mark of each routine.
NEW CONTENT ; BRAIN BOOSTER ROUTINE WHICH WAS REALLY FUN plus the Feet/Ankle/Knees/Hips options previously not on any DVD.
Only one for me, and that was the "recycling" of some of the music/songs from her other Walking DVDs. Over the course of the entire DVD, I did note about 4-5 songs that had been featured on her other Walking DVDs, but still, the songs we're fun, and this was only a minor distraction for me, and may not affect others, especially if this is their first Jessica DVD.
All in all, I am eager to continue to use this DVD, and look forward to continuing to share my love of Jessica's routines with my friends and family. She's been my mainstay since 2010, and no matter where my fitness journey takes me, I always circle back around to her. She's fun, energetic, and her workouts WORK! I am coming back from injury from training for a half-marathon, and was so excited to be able to complete this DVD last evening, including the "optional" higher impact jogging without pain. To me that is PROGRESS!