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oltlfan 05-08-11 06:24 PM

What are some super-simple step workouts?
 
I'm looking for low intensity, low low impact step workouts. I want to do them on the floor. My knee can't handle a step. One of my favorites is the Kathy Smith Step Workout from 1992, so I'm looking for something similar in terms of easiness.

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Kathy-...4897021&sr=8-2

Denise R 05-08-11 06:45 PM

Try Jenny Ford's newest dvd...the Step by Step workout is the best ever! I :love: it! (see a clip here http://www.totalfitnessdvds.com/Jenn...Card-p/243.htm)


Denise

mtnmom 05-08-11 07:00 PM

KCM's Cardio Blast has a modifier showing the moves without a step.

sherry7899 05-08-11 07:29 PM

You may like Gin Miller's "Everybody Steps."

I do most of her step workouts on the floor. Her step workouts are practically the ones I ever do :D

Take care,
Sherry

GotToBeFit 05-08-11 07:38 PM

I love Gilad's step workout! The bright beach scenery is relaxing and the workout itself is not complicated.

Sara1000 05-08-11 07:49 PM

Shapely Girl Let's Get Stepping is about as simple as it gets. It is comparable to the simplicity of a walking workout but with the added intensity of the step. I like it!

dnna 05-08-11 07:53 PM

Kari Andersons Go workout is easy to follow and there is a modifier that works out on the floor- very clear cues, I just did it today and it is about 45 minutes long. I love it.

bfit 05-08-11 08:36 PM

There is an oldie but goodie VHS workout by Donna Richardson called Step and Awesome Abs. The stepping is very basic, and the workout already includes some moves on the floor. Cathe's Basic Step and her Low Impact Step are also very straightforward.

Lucky Star 05-08-11 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Sara1000 (Post 1805525)
Shapely Girl Let's Get Stepping is about as simple as it gets. It is comparable to the simplicity of a walking workout but with the added intensity of the step. I like it!

I second this workout. As you requested, it's low intensity, low low impact, and easy to follow. It's also really fun and the music is pretty cool! (instrumental versions of Kool & The Gang, Santana, etc.)

It you prefer something closer to Kathy Smith step, I suggest Gilad's Step Aerobics, which is also a lot of fun.

Joni O 05-09-11 06:07 AM

Christi Taylor's (oh my, now I can't remember the exact name and I was there when it was filmed!) Steppin' Just for Fun or something close to that. She purposely made it easy so it would be 'fun.'

htimpaired 05-09-11 07:26 AM

Kathy Kaehler's step workouts are very simple, easy choreography. My favorite is "Workout Class"-it's a half hour step broken into 2 15 minute sections followed by really quick push ups and a stretch.

Sandi M 05-09-11 07:37 AM

These are easier (and older) than most:

Jane Fonda's Step Aerobic (and Abs) Workout
Kelli Roberts' Ultimate Step Workout
Kathy Smith's Great Buns and Thighs Step Workout
Gin Miller Step Reebok The Video
Denise Austin Step Workout featuring Reebok Step

Good luck!

Sandi

Peggy T 05-09-11 11:52 AM

This is my fav - old and only on VHS but led by Gin Miller and it includes hand weights if you want some upper body work while stepping. It's not a separate weight section. Love it!

http://www.amazon.com/29-Minute-Work.../dp/B00025X2I0

dnna 05-09-11 12:00 PM

The old vhs tapes are great for simple, easy to follow workouts. It was considered dangerous to do all the hoping ,jumping crazy stuff that we now take for granted as regular stepping. If you can use vhs, you are golden! I even have an old Richard Simmons step tape that is a good workout and hilarious!
donna

oltlfan 05-09-11 12:05 PM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

Dnna, I love Richard! lol

yogapam 05-09-11 12:29 PM

Just adding my 2 cents worth:

- Charlene Prickett's With Every Step - has two 30 min workouts that are what I would call advanced beginner/low intermediate as far as complexity.
- Kari Anderson's Go
- Cathe's Basic Step and Low Impact Step are both quite easy to follow

I like a good cardio workout, but don't like complex dancey choreography. These fit the bill nicely for me as you can keep them low or ramp them up, your choice.

Pam:)

Gams 05-09-11 01:04 PM

I love Gin's "Step Reebok the Video", too. I feel evil when I do it. I also love both Jane Fonda's step workouts. Even though they are old, they are sentimental favorites of mine and I hope they get put on DVD like she says they are.

roleez 05-09-11 01:13 PM

How about Gin Miller Simply Step? Her Intense Moves also has very basic choreography but the intensity is up there. I have only done Simply Interval Short & Sweet but from what I remember, this one has basic choreography too!

paideiamom 05-09-11 01:15 PM

Gams and I have identical taste.
Those are my faves, too.

Gin Miller has something called Step Reaction.
It is just a short little step workout, but she has it in four speeds.

It is Gin at her Ginnest, meaning she is amusing, informative, the workout is deceptively simple.

Really nice for those days you want to do a little something something and then you decide just how much you want to put into it.

I wrote a review about it here http://www.videofitness.com/reviewsd...ew.php?id=3644

So if you decide to get some Gin, this is a cheapie little thing that you can throw in.

Just_Jo 05-09-11 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paideiamom (Post 1806002)
Gams and I have identical taste.
Those are my faves, too.

Gin Miller has something called Step Reaction.
It is just a short little step workout, but she has it in four speeds.

It is Gin at her Ginnest, meaning she is amusing, informative, the workout is deceptively simple.

Really nice for those days you want to do a little something something and then you decide just how much you want to put into it.

I wrote a review about it here http://www.videofitness.com/reviewsd...ew.php?id=3644

So if you decide to get some Gin, this is a cheapie little thing that you can throw in.

I'll give a second thumb's up to this. I do it quite frequently as an add-on. It goes fast, easy stepping, and fun. I actually get a really good calorie burn with it, too--I do the fastest BPM. It was super cheap and completely worth it!

sherry7899 05-09-11 01:32 PM

Now you have me wanting the Gin's Step Reaction dvd :D

Sherry

yogapam 05-09-11 02:21 PM

I have Gin's Step Reaction, it was gifted to me by a very generous vfer. :) I am not using it any more, so I would love to pay it forward and gift it to someone else. PM me if you would like it.

Pam :)

oltlfan 05-11-11 09:37 PM

Thanks for your suggestions everyone. I found Jane Fonda Step Aerobics and Abdominal Workout in my garage and did it yesterday. I like that there was an exerciser who did it on the floor, and Jane encouraged you to start out on the floor. Anyway, the workout was super fun, and it makes me itch to get a step and use it at the lowest height. But I know my knee can't handle that. lol

OrangeSofa 05-12-11 06:47 AM

Re: some of the suggestions mentioned earlier, I agree with the suggestion of Cathe's Basic Step (at least the choreography is easy, but the intensity is higher than a typical beginner step workout). But I wouldn't call Low Impact Step "super simple". I'm sort of choreo challenged and I love Low Impact Step, but I don't think I could have gone straight to it from Kathy Smith. I would go with something like Kari's Go or Gin's Simply Step as a transition, then try LIS for more of a step up (no, the pun wasn't intended!) choreo-wise.

millie 05-15-11 08:41 AM

What about Christi Taylor Misson Possible Step.The step portion is simple, but fun, and she builds creative combos while keeping the individual step simple. And of course, because it is Christi, the cueing is impeccable. This is my favorite step.


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