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.
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
The first VHS, the blue one is just an instructional. You only watch it once, or again if you haven't done your Tae Bo in a long time.
The second VHS is the work out. It's about 28 minutes long, eases you in from easy to challenging, and just when you think you can't do any more it ends. It is very engaging and Billy, the lead man, has done a great job selling his production as if he is actually talking to you personally, as well as giving you options to continue the workout but take it a little slower.
I did this VHS about 5 days in a row, and by day 3 I felt as if I had been lifting weights at the gym. I saw my legs become more toned and began to see abdominal muscles and its totally crazy because theirs no resistance, just aerobic exercise!
I would strongly recommend these VHS to anyone, from someone who has indulged too much and needs to thin up or to a honed athlete who is looking for a small daily challenge.
i moved on to other billy blanks workouts like "celebrity", "bootcamp" "cardio" etc, (feeding my need for speed), had an injury in 2008, and got quite soft in the core. i have not used the basic tape in years.
With injury finally healed (5 years later), i dusted off the vhr player this morning and popped it in and guess what? WHAT A GREAT WORKOUT! it's good cardio for those who haven't worked out in years and a good fat burner tape for those in better shape. not too extreme and not too mild. even the 90's workout music is good on it- a little campy to be honest. back to the basics. one caveat: if you're really into moving fast, this tape is not for you. try the celebrity sculpt (the music is jammin' on that one).