Tae-Bo Live

 
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This four-pack of videos is enough Tae-Bo to keep your moves exploding without getting bored or plateauing. The first 60-minute video, Instructional, is a prerequisite for the others; it demonstrates how to do the fundamental movements, one by one. Beginning with a flexibility routine, instructor Billy Blanks demonstrates plenty of modifications for less flexible exercisers. Next he teaches punches and kicks that you'll be using in the workouts, with plenty of attention to technique and injury prevention, including effective demonstrations of the wrong way to do each move. He is patient and thorough. It is surprising, however, that with all the videos he's sold, he doesn't realize that he's miscuing the directions constantly--his left and right directions match the people behind him, not the viewer facing him.

The 34-minute Basic video is next, but with Blanks, basic doesn't mean easy. The moves are tough, physically and mentally, put together in a fast-paced routine that will keep you sweating. A large class does the workout in the background.

Next is the Advanced workout. Don't even think of doing this until you can do the Basic in your sleep. After the Tae-Bo workout, Blank sends you to the floor for endless sets of a killer ab and hips routine. You'll feel every minute of this video's 60-minute running time.

The final workout is an 8-minute blast, a short but killer total-body workout for those times when you have just a few minutes to work out.

Blanks is a seven-time World Martial Arts Champion, creator of the original Tae-Bo that set aerobics rooms on fire. He's motivating, personable, and an excellent instructor. --Joan Price

Customer Reviews:

  • Great! Had me feeling fit in about 2 weeks.
    First of all i did not get fat by eating.
    I used to be one of those super toned athletic girls who would glide through the gym and look down on those poor obesce ones strugling to follow the Aerobic session. Then chronic desease plus hypo-thyroidism struck and medication came and i trippled my body weight.
    Now i was the poor one strugling to follow the aerobic session not because i was dumm not because i had no will-power, but because my weight did not let my knees and back cooperate. And that only 3 times a week and a specific time of the day. No, i thought, i have a life!
    After consulting and keeping steady with a diet fit to my problems, I also took up walking with my dog, about 8 kilometers a day and then somebody recommended tae-bo dvd's to me.
    It was THE solution!
    No more driving to the gym, changing clothes and going through the ordeal of classes, while all those sexy looking women smirk and make fun of me.
    I started with the instructional lesson first. From the first day saw results, as if i had been on a bycicle for hours! That week i slept better and better and learned all the moves quite fast.
    The next week i tried the basic lesson and found myself having fun, is was somehow motivating!!!! Off course i was messing up all the moves at the beginning but nobody was looking smirkily at me and no one was disturbed that i simply stopped the lesson and rewinded back to where i messed up!
    What i found even more exciting is that even though the basic lesson is short, it was driving me into a good sweat. And the sequenses are not in the least as complicated as a classic aerobic-dance lesson.
    After a week doing the basic lesson i found myself wanting to perfect my posture, my moves, and managed to "keep-those-abs" tight for the whole duration of it.
    I am in my fifth week now still doing the basic one, i love it!!!
    I had a try on the advanced one and i found that going back to the instructional lesson only to see those kicks in detail was saving me a lot of time!!!!

    My morning timetable:
    7:00pm walking the dog 8 km
    9:00pm Tae-bo and then into the shower!!!!
    then breakfast and dealing with the rest of the day......

    try Tae-Bo its worth it!...more info
  • Hardcore, intense, fun!
    I originally purchased the Tae Bo Live series on VHS several years ago, and I loved it so much that I wore the tapes out, and thus I began my search for the equivalent series on DVD.

    I am pleased that all four of the workouts from the Tae Bo Live series were put onto a single DVD, instead of each individual workout being put onto individual DVDs a-la the Capture The Power series.

    Now, there has been complaints about this DVD edition regarding large amounts of advertising towards the beginning of the DVD that is impossible to skip. I was wary of this the first time I put the DVD in my player, but was surprised that while I could not skip the advertising using the forward chapter button, I was able to skip is using the button that takes you directly to the menu - this is what I use to skip beginning animations in my Lemony Snicket DVD, my Chocolat DVD, and various other movie DVDs that I own, so I don't find this to be a problem. I'm not sure whether this is due to my player being multi-zonal or that I'm in New Zealand and there are manufacturing differences between the majority of Amazon consumers, but I certainly don't find myself grumbling about being forced to watch advertising. Even if I were to not be able to skip it, I would march in place while the advertising was on so that I would be a bit warm when the workout actually began.

    The quality of the DVD edition compared to the VHS edition is fantastic, though one thing that surprised me is that the music is different. I'm not too bothered by it, I just didn't expect anything to change after re-releasing the series on DVD.

    Here is what you get:
    1. Instructional Workout - 52 minutes of introduction to proper form using the Tae Bo technique.

    2. Basic Workout - 34 minutes of kickboxing cardio. If you want to get some toning in, I recommend that you rotate this workout with another toning workout, eg: "I want that body" by Tamilee Webb or "Lift weights to lose weight" by Kathy Smith (or even "Shrink your Female Fat Zones" by Denise Austin, for females only!)

    3. Advanced Workout - 55 minutes of kickboxing cardio with ab and lower body toning thrown in. This is a more well rounded workout than the basic workout, and if you're looking for a no-nonsense, all angles-all areas covered, this is it.

    4. 8-minute Workout - The workout in its entirity is more like 15 minutes long, due to Billy's warmup and cool down. I do this during the week before I go to University, and is fantastic for time-pressed people. I don't think you should attempt this thinking it is easy though - make sure that you can do the Basic workout first; the length of this workout might mislead you!

    I can't compare this to the original series, since I haven't tried it, but I do know that on its own, Tae Bo Live is intense, hardcore, and a whole lot of fun!

    [side note] I purchased this from the Amazon marketplace, from the seller michelle9762 - highly recommend their service....more info
  • New to This
    I am new to this; I love it so much that i Have already ordered 8 total workout and 6 vhs get ripped. GREAT!!!

    The instructional tape is good; when you do it right you feel the effects; the beginners is good advances on the instructional; the advances advances on the beginners and the instruction. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!...more info

  • Wakes you up in the Morning!
    After years of being an active gym goer, on and off over the years, I bought this video after retiring from the gym scene due to my increasingly hectic work and school schedule. After not working out for almost a year, I decided to start working out at home in the morning. One, I can't go more than a few months without going stir crazy if I don't get exercise. Two, I consider myself to be pretty active and needed to boost my endurance and energy for all that I have to accomplish in a 7 day-week.

    I had heard a lot about Tae Bo and had previously done kickboxing workouts at the gym. What a degree of difference. This video did not offer the cardio I was used to. It was very sedentary in fact, especially the advanced portion, which focused a lot on upper body (arms & shoulders). I barely even broke a sweat(being the cardio lover that I am). To look at Billy and the rest of the crew, they seem to be dripping by the end of the video. I will say that this was probably the best workout for getting back into an exercise routine, after being inactive for so long.

    For those who have couch potatoed their way into a few extra pounds, this is a great starter workout. After a month, you may be ready for something a little more invigorating (cardio!). I did find that his conditioning was very effective (being that I loathed conditioning and strength training). The ab, thighs, and glut workout was hard for me and definitely did the job. This is the only reason I continue to use this video. Not so much for the cardio (which is minimal) but for the toning and conditioning. The kicks as well are very good for building range of motion, which I had lost in the near year of not working out.

    After a month of this video, I'm ready for something a little more challenging. I will give this video credit for definetly waking me up in the morning. I'm not a morning person and the little blonde woman that does all the counting, is loud enough to scare you into full alert. If she doesn't get you going then nothing will....more info
  • Love the Advanced Workout!
    I LOVE the Advanced workout. It is a great overall body workout. Just when your out of breath and ready to quit Billy slows it down for you. It was just what I was looking for to get back in shape.

    The Basic is great for beginners. I did it for two weeks and moved on to the Advanced.

    The Instructional should be watch for first timers. Billy shows you the correct form to put less stress on elbows, shoulder, knees, etc. Having bad knees I know you need to do it correct or you won't be walking the next day.

    I would recommend combing this workout with others, so you don't get tried of doing the same thing and keep challenging your body. I also do the Rock N Sculpt series (which help you target abs and buns).
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  • overall, great workouts
    I'm still working on mastering the Basic workout (yes, it IS indeed challenging!), so I can't comment too much on the advanced. I will say that, while Billy does mis-count his moves, it's not really a problem once you've used the tape often enough. I was "rewinding" a lot the first few times i used the Basic tape, but after about a week, I know where to anticipate move shifts and off counts. And as to Shelly (Shelby? I don't know-- that wicked buff assistant w/the headphones), yes, she is loud and annoying. At one point towards the end of the Basic workout she yells out to the others in a really angry voice-- "COME ON, GUYS-- COUNT IT OUT!!!!"; mind you, this is after 26 or 27 minutes of a really (REALLY) intense workout. If I'd have been in the studio during that taping, I'd've hurt her. The music isn't so bad-- it helps with keeping the rhythm of the moves. I'd recommend this set-- the instructional is good, the basic is definitely challenging (esp. the last 6 or 7 minutes-- kicks, then squat-kicks, then more kicks, all @ a very fast pace). Just be prepared to "rewind" a lot and take breaks when you need them....more info
  • too many commercials
    Too many commercials. I have no idea when the actual TaeBo instruction starts. AFter minutes and minutes of commercials, I gave up and shredded the dvd.
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  • Alive
    Awesome and a must in your work out program. My husband and I enjoy doing it together. It is something we can both do and feel good about it....more info
  • too many commercials
    Too many commercials. I have no idea when the actual TaeBo instruction starts. AFter minutes and minutes of commercials, I gave up and shredded the dvd.
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  • tae bo enthusiast
    i've been doing tae bo for over 2 years now and have all the advanced videos... yes, billy doesn't always remember to do equal sets on both sides, yes the music and some of the people in the back can be annoying (especially when they aren't doing an exercise right or not getting into it) no, you aren't learning how to do actual martial arts... but overall, this is an excellent workout. i've lost about 55 lbs. with the help of these videos and i'm in incredible shape. when i started out, i had no muscle tone at all. i was using the basic and started noticing results after a few weeks. now i'm muscular, have great abs, am very flexible and have a lot of stamina, all because of tae bo. i'm even considering getting certified in kickboxing so i can become an instructor. if you are looking to get into incredible shape with a fun workout that is really challenging, try these tapes. you'll never be bored and you'll end up with a great body. when you graduate to the advanced videos and can do the full hour without pausing, you will realize just how in shape you are (to the women considering buying this, you'll feel like you can kick anyone's butt... lol). i just caution everyone to use the instructional every so often so you can make sure you are doing the moves the right way, especially the kicks. you can really hurt yourself if you don't....more info
  • too much advertising you can't skip
    I was very dissapointed with the Taebo Live DVD. You cannot skip the advertising that begins each of the sections and so you have to listen to it EVERY time. I also think the routines are a bit choppy. the original TaeBo Workout and Get Ripped are much better.
    If you are a current TaeBo enthusiast I recommend you skip this DVD...more info
  • Some of the best, most varied Tae Bo workouts available
    I own the Basic and 8-Minute workout videos from the original Tae Bo Live VHS set. I started with the 8-Minute tape, thinking that the shorter length would make it easier, but that is NOT the case! Instructor Billy Blanks jumps right into this workout with a very short (2 1/2 minutes) and fast-moving warmup; he moves much more quickly than his usual warmup pace here. As the title suggests, the main part of the workout is about 8 minutes long. Billy covers only a few types of punches (jabs and uppercuts) and includes only one kick sequence at the very end. However, there are a lot of standing moves to target the abdominal area, such as knee lifts and heel touches. Billy then leads you through about 2 minutes of static holds for more core work as well as balance, and the workout ends with approximately 1 1/2 minutes of Tai Chi type cooldown moves. Thus the entire workout lasts about 14 minutes.

    The Basic workout is the toughest basic Tae Bo I've encountered so far, but it is also the most interesting, as Billy includes a greater variety of punches and kicks as well as more punch-kick combinations. This workout begins with a 4-minute warmup and then moves right into punches, placing an emphasis on your waist during the moves. At one point, there is a particularly tough arms segment requiring you to hold up your arms for what seems like forever--my shoulders were screaming! The legwork is also challenging, as you will perform several different types of kicks--including front kicks, side kicks, back kicks, and roundhouse kicks--in several different combinations. Although a few of the combinations were a bit hard to follow, I really enjoyed the variations that Billy included in this workout. This workout also contains some static holds (about 1 minute), and it ends with an extremely quick 1-minute stretch; the entire program clocks in at 31 minutes.

    These Tae Bo videos are perfect for anyone looking for an interesting, varied kickboxing workout with a nice balance of punches, kicks, and combinations....more info

  • Bored With Your Current Workout? Try This One!
    I've been working out for over 4 years to many different types of exercise (ex. yoga, high/low impact cardio, dance, Pilates, etc.) and I believe nothing even comes close to how effective, fun, and challenging Tae-bo can be.

    "Tae-bo Live" is a 4-pack video workout library released by Billy Blanks, creator of Tae-bo. The DVD contains the Instructional, Basic, 8-minute workout, and Advanced, with a total of 167 minutes.

    * The Instructional is the first workout you should do before doing any of the other Tae-bo workouts. Billy takes you through all the moves with modifications and what you should look for when doing the moves. It's just like being in a Tae-bo Instructor's class. 52 minutes.

    * The Basic is perfect for any level of fitness - if you are new to Tae-bo, it'll give you a good look at what the "Tae-bo Burn" is all about. If you are advanced, it's a good workout to do on lighter days. Most of it is cardio - if you want to tone up, you might want to add another workout video to this one. 34 minutes.

    * The 8-minute workout is perfect for those short of time, but, contary to the title, the workout is actually 16 minutes long! Billy starts the workout rather quickly; you basically jump right into the cardio part of the workout, which can strain and injure the body, if not warmed up properly. It's perfect, though, for those who have conquered the Basic and need more stimulation. I recommend you do the Basic and the 8-minute workouts together until you are confident enough to do the Advanced.

    * The Advanced is like the Basic (longer of course - at a total of 50 minutes compared to 34 minutes), with TERRIFIC toning for the abs and lower body. The combos in this workout are amazing - they are a little more challenging than the ones in the Basic, but they are pretty easy to follow. When doing the Advanced, you don't need any other video to complete your workout - the toning is included (ab work is 10 minutes and lower body work is about 10 minutes too), as well as a complete warm-up and cool down.

    One of the negatives in the Advanced workout is Billy's assistant (and daughter) Shellie's behavior. Near the end of the workout, she seems frustrated, annoyed, and tired, saying things like "Come on, guys, you aren't kicking hard enough! Harder!!". Bad day, Shellie?
    She can also be annoying. In the Basic, she probably has said "Yeahhhhhh" and "Whoaaaaa" more times than I can count. It can be annoying, but hey, those are just minor details.

    Overall, this workout is fantastic. I totally recommend this DVD - you'll be stimulated enought with this DVD for a long time before you feel the need for another workout video....more info
  • good workout, but not as fun as originals
    This is a tough, sweaty workout, and a lot of fun. However, the enthusiasm that made the originals so motivating and engaging seems to have disappeared. Blanks is still his outgoing self, but his disciples aren't near as energetic as those from the original vhs set. Nobody answers with screams or counts except for that poor girl with the perm and the awesome abs, so she comes off as annoying because she's the only one getting into it. If I were the director, I would have ordered a reshoot and given them all some RedBull. Also, I think the workout was a bit easier, probably as a result of the complaints of health professionals that some of his original workouts were not so good on the joints (if people didn't warm up or follow the instructional video properly). All in all, it was a fun variation, but I'm going to find a vhs player so that I can do the old tapes....more info
  • good workout, but not as fun as originals
    This is a tough, sweaty workout, and a lot of fun. However, the enthusiasm that made the originals so motivating and engaging seems to have disappeared. Blanks is still his outgoing self, but his disciples aren't near as energetic as those from the original vhs set. Nobody answers with screams or counts except for that poor girl with the perm and the awesome abs, so she comes off as annoying because she's the only one getting into it. If I were the director, I would have ordered a reshoot and given them all some RedBull. Also, I think the workout was a bit easier, probably as a result of the complaints of health professionals that some of his original workouts were not so good on the joints (if people didn't warm up or follow the instructional video properly). All in all, it was a fun variation, but I'm going to find a vhs player so that I can do the old tapes....more info
  • Tae Bo is Brilliant!
    Everyone should give Tae Bo a try. Approach it with confidence and determination. Read online Tae Bo discussion boards for support and success stories to keep you motivated. But when you commit to working out, do it for spirit rather than your physical hopes. As Billy says, let the rest fall into place.

    This particular set is a great set for Tae Bo fans or Tae Bo beginners. Although the instructional workout can be boring, you really need to watch and work along with it before doing your first workout. It will hopefully help you complete your workouts safely and effectively.

    The basic workout is a great workout that beginners will find challenging. Eventually you may be able to move to the advanced tape, but take your time and build your skills, confidence, and endurance first. The 8-minute workout is not really something you should use on its own. I would suggest doing the basic workout and the 8-minute workout back-to-back as you progress between basic and advanced. Just try out various ideas to see what is best for you.

    And don't get discouraged if even the basic is too tough for you to complete when you begin. Take your time and focus on completing the moves you make as cleanly as possible, work on good form.

    Approach Tae Bo with the a determinded and strong mind! You will feel great!...more info

  • Too Easy and Too much Advertisment
    The major drawback of this DVD is that before the advanced work out there are many advertisments you have to sit through before the video begins. This is extremly annoying and makes me mad everytime I do the workout. I have only done the advanced workout and it is not as intense as his other advanced work outs. One positive thing about it is it has a really good ab workout. I would not have purchased this video if I had tried it first....more info

 

 
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