Pros: Easy to folow, brisk 3 mile walk, some ab work at the end, clock timer
Cons: Only a short abs workout at the end, Leslie jabbers a LOT, music is zzz
I am a fan of Leslie Sansone's walk videos but have outgrown them to an extent. However, I recently had a fairly severe neck injury which stopped my exercise regime in its tracks. Although my upper body was and is in pain and I'm unable to do anything strenuous, my lower body was ready and wiling to keep on exercising. I found my old DVD, Leslie Sansone: Walk at Home: Walk Your Belly Flat, dusted it off and started walking again.
This workout is a good three mile brisk walking one but the "belly fat" part is just a few floor exercises for the abs. I don't really feel this workout does much for the abs but it does get the heart rate up and keep you on your toes!
Leslie is alone in this workout. Right around 2009 when this workout was produced, she switched from having a room full of walkers to doing walk workouts alone. I prefer the others with her but she jabbers enough for 10 people. The set is a very simple, no nonsense one and the music is simply for timing and rhythm and is not fun or dancey. I barely hear it over Leslie's constant chatting.
The walk part of the workout is about 45 minutes and then you go straight to the floor for a few minutes of abs work.
Leslie Sansone: Walk at Home: Walk Your Belly Flat features a wall clock to tell you how long you have walked and how long you still have to go. This feature was new back in 2009 but is used often now on her newer workouts.
This is a brisk three mile walk and there are markers for every half mile walked. It is brisk. You start out slow but quickly pick up the pace and, while not running or even jogging, the pace is fast for a walking DVD which, for me, is a good thing. The time goes by fast and the steps are all familiar and easy.
Leslie talks a lot through the entire workout as usual. I sometimes get sick of hearing her ramble so I turn the volume down and listen to my own music. She doesn't say a lot that you NEED to know. She basically just talks about how great walking is, how great we are doing, and how we are torching calories. She does talk about how to best get rid of "belly fat" and what works and what doesn't but after hearing her talk several times, it probably will be time for you to also turn down the volume and just follow along.
Cuing isn't great but just keeping the pace Leslie sets will get your heart rate up. You can add ankle weights and/or wrist weights to amp up the cardio power of this workout when you're ready.
The walk incorporates nothing special for the abs as I thought it would. There are lots of standing abs exercises that could have been tossed in but Leslie chose not to add them in, deferring to her usual kicks, knee lifts, marches, and side steps.
Once the three miles are up, Leslie immediately goes to the floor so either have a mat ready or pause the DVD and get one out. There is a short abs workout on the floor that is nothing special or new.
When I first did Leslie Sansone: Walk at Home: Walk Your Belly Flat, I was disappointed in it. I liked the brisk three mile walk but I expected more than just a few minutes of abs work at the end. I thought the whole walk was geared toward targeting the abs although I guess that would be tough to do. Still, there are plenty of moves she could have incorporated into the walking portion of the DVD if she wanted to. I guess she just didn't want to!
After a few times walking to this DVD, I wasn't really disappointed because I knew it wasn't truly an abs workout but a brisk three mile walk with a "bonus" abs section. I can't do the floor work right now due to my neck injury so I just do the walking and call it a workout. My abs aren't targeted but I do burn calories, get my circulation going, and feel like I'm not completely falling off the exercise wagon while I deal with my injury.
Total workout time: 53 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Extra Features: None that I found
You can pick up a copy of Leslie Sansone: Walk at Home: Walk Your Belly Flat on the web wherever exercise videos are sold. It is probably in larger brick and mortar stores that sell exercise DVDs as well. It's older but still relevant and still selling on mainstream sites. The cost is about $7.00.
I like Leslie Sansone's spunk and energy and her workouts are all very doable no matter what shape I am in (unless I have broken leg or something). This DVD, a brisk three mile walk with a helpful clock and mile markers, is good but really doesn't target the abs at all until the very end when you get on the floor and do a few traditional abs exercises. I really thought there would be more standing abs work. Or SOME standing abs work. I give this DVD 3 stars only because it doesn't really do what it says. It is, however, a good fat burning walk DVD that is a step up from the slower paced workouts Leslie Sansone is famous for. Buy it for the cardio not for the abs work because there is very little of it.