TaeBo II: Get Ripped Basic Workout

 
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This two-video set by Billy Blanks includes two 30-minute Tae-Bo workouts. Although they're "basic" by Tae-Bo standards, they're not wimpy. In the first workout, Blanks starts with a warm-up and stretch, then he takes you to the floor for a killer muscle-conditioning routine for the abdominals, legs, and buttocks. Then you get onto your feet for a kickboxing routine. Blanks pre-teaches the moves so you understand the technique. The second workout keeps you on your feet the whole time, jabbing and kicking. Blanks introduces multiple moves slowly, one part at a time. In both videos, he motivates you to push yourself but work out safely--he gives careful instructions about form and technique. This is a good video set if you've had some Tae-Bo experience, need guidance to do the moves correctly, want to avoid complex combinations, and want to monitor your intensity. --Joan Price

Customer Reviews:

  • GREAT Workout!!!
    This is a great workout. I just did the Tae Bo Get Ripped Advanced 1 just now. It was AWESOME!!! I was able to do the full hour on my first time doing it (okay, form might not have been perfect, balance was off, etc, but I did it). I'm in pretty good shape. I bike, I was in dance for two years and baton for ten years. My biggest set back is my eating disorder, so I probably shouldn't even be working out this hard, but I love Tae Bo. It's so awesome. It leaves me feeling so refreshed and energetic.

    I never did the Advanced Tae Bo from the orginal 4 pack. I went from the Basic one from when I was about 13 (I'm 18 now) and then didn't do Tae Bo again until this past year when I did Tae Bo Cardio 1. That got old and easy pretty fast so I picked this up.

    I will be doing this DVD for awhile. It won't be getting easy for a VERY long time....more info
  • Boot Camp
    This isn't a work out, it's boot camp. If you aren't in really good shape, or like to be able to move the next day, DO NOT DO THIS. Try Windsor Pilates instead, work your way up to this. Other wise you'll be in serious pain the next day! His counting is terrible and does too many reps on one side and not enough on the other.......more info
  • Brilliant!
    Tae Bo is great! Take your time and enjoy your workouts. Read online Tae Bo discussion groups for support.

    Just give Tae Bo a try. It is a great workout and if you approach Tae Bo with the correct mind, you will do great!

    In particular, these two tapes are two of my favorites (I have about 20 Tae Bo tapes). The basic with the red cover is great because it has floor work which will get you ready for the floor work in advanced tapes. The workout with the purple cover has always been perhaps my favorite Tae Bo workout. It is just a great all-around workout and not too tough if you are feeling tired.

    These two tapes would be a good starting point for a Tae Bo collection and I believe one could alternate between these two tapes for quite some time without getting bored. If you have never done Tae Bo before, you should consider an instructional tape too so that you can learn the moves. Because you want to make sure you are doing the moves as correct as possible for safety and for your own physical results benefit.

    Finally, enjoy how Tae Bo makes you feel. Don't enter with great expectations, just enjoy your workouts and see what happens. Stick with it!...more info

  • Its a great product.

    Let me be clear. I never bought these type of videos before because I always thought they were kind of dorky! But this one is actually great! I had read the previous review carefully before making a decision to purchase and two things definitely held true. 1) Do not try to skip ahead and purchase the intermediate routines if you have never done this before. Some people think just because they already have a descent exercise program going that they don't have to start out with the basic workout. If you skip, YOU WILL BE LOST!!! There are a lot of moves that you have to get use to in the first program. And you will need to get these down first because in the upcoming tapes, the moves get really difficult. And at first its hard getting use to switching routines which Billy will do on a dime. So keep your remote near you to stop the program and rewind. (That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.) But, as people in previous reviews have written, YOU'LL GET USE TO IT! Get this tape down packed before moving on. 2) YOU WILL SWEAT!!! Its a great workout even though it only lasts for a little over 20 minutes. For those who have a exercise program, what I do is go through the routine twice. You will love the burn. And his tape is not boring. I use it mainly as a alternate Cardio day to burn calories with my 3 weight lifting days to total and round out a solid four day workout week. It is a great buy....more info
  • A good basic workout: better DVD format
    This is the third in the Taebo series of workouts I have purchased in two years (the first was the original studio workout I purchased on VHS and the second was the complete Taebo Live on DVD). I've had this set for a week and a half, and have worked out with it five times. I purchased this set after having fallen in love with the original Taebo Live DVD set, and I cannot say that I am at all disappointed.

    As ever, the workouts start quickly, getting your blood pumping and your body stretched out. The Basic Workout #1 is, to my tastes, a bit tame. Remember, I've been doing this for a while now. I should purchase the Advanced set next, but as I am the mother of a year old baby, often I have only one half hour to spare and would rather feel I've completed a full workout. If you have the original Taebo Live Basic Workout, you will understand what I mean by tame. There is a definite decrease in the amount of strenuous kicking required in the Get Ripped Basic Workout #1. I think that for the beginner, this is a good idea. In fact, I believe that this Get Ripped Basic Workout #1 is more in tune with what a beginner can accomplish that the original Taebo Live set.

    The Taebo Live Get Ripped Basic Workout #2 takes the viewer right into a rather strenuous stretch routine which goes directly into a workout that targets stomach and butt muscles. This section lasts 8-9 minutes and is intense. I felt the results the next day. Man, was I sore. After this section, you get up off the floor and get kicking. The tone in this 2nd workout is far more energized, and the group is quite lively. This is not exactly a BEGINNER workout (very unlike Basic #1). (BTW no amount of ab workouts with the ab-rolling gizmo I bought ions ago ever made me feel this sore - and I guess that's why it never worked!)

    The 8 minute workout is a tough one. Don't think it's an easy out by the length of it. It's very energized and requires a good deal of stamina. And again, the 8 minute refers to the actual workout time, not the warm up or cool down sections. All in all, it's more like 15 minutes.

    A note about the DVD itself: If you bought the previous Taebo Live DVD set, I think you will be as pleased as I am that the navigation leads you directly into the workout, instead of the advertisements for active wear, the scripted music video sequence, etc. I did not really like the fact that after the workouts in the Get Ripped DVD, I was subjected to Malibu Naturals advertising - a vitamin reselling program that states that you can be fit while "realizing your financial goals." Gimme a break!

    Also: The Special section is in fact just a string of more ads... no interview with Billy Blanks this time, and the Taebo Heroes section is just the infomercial all over again, unlike the original "Live" where individuals were interviewed in regard to their accomplishments.

    All in all a good purchase... a very good workout....more info

  • Marketing Hype
    Come on! Do you really think you'll end up looking "ripped"? The Tae Bo workouts have a slick marketing campaign to make the consumer think they will get hard bodies after doing these videos. Truth is, these videos are all hype and do not explain the moves safely, especially for those of you who may be beginners. Really, if these videos are as good as they say they are, wouldn't more of us looked "ripped"? Where are all the "ripped" people anyway? Making appointments with plastic surgeons............more info
  • I love Tae-Bo more now then before!
    This was the 2nd Tae-Bo tape/DVD I purchased, the first being Tae-Bo Gold, which helped me lose 25 lbs. Since I was a beginner (and 185 lbs), I got Tae-Bo Gold, as was recommended by some others on Amazon.com, and I love it. But I have to say, until I tried this basic workout, I had no idea just how exciting Tae-Bo could be! It gets your heart rate up, every muscle working and is extremely motivating along with being challenging. It's a lot of fun. I plan to use it almost daily to assist in my further weight loss, & I recommend it to anyone who is already on the road to fitness but needs that extra motivating boost. To folks over 40 or beginners of every age who need a starter tape that really works, go for Tae-Bo Gold for a while, then get this edition. It works!...more info
  • Happy and Sad
    I recently purchased a buy 2 and get one free at the local Wal-Mart store. To get the third 8 minute tape you have to mail in the card that come with the set of tapes. I did everything that I was suppose to do to receive my free tape and it has not arrive yet. The instructions said to allow 3-4 weeks for delivery, but the deadline has come and gone.
    I bought Taebo when it first came out. I was very happy with that set, but unfortunately they was damaged by my grandson. So I went to get me a new set of tapes, but the set is incomplete without the third tape.
    Please send me the 8 minute workout video. I would appreciate it very much. I apologize for using this site to complain about a missing video. I like the tapes, I believe that anyone who use Taebo will get the results they are looking for. My address is: Barry B. Brown
    6964 Hansen Plz 9
    Omaha, Ne. 68106...more info
  • YAY
    Finally a new Basic DVD! I've used the very first basic tape so many times that i cant watch it anymore because the tape is so bad now. With the 2 basic workouts its easy to alternate workouts to whichever I wanted to. With the help of the origional tape and a great diet i've dropped 98lbs so far in the past 10 months. I also have the advanced workout which is longer than the 30 min each basic workouts. I was not disapointed with this dvd....more info
  • Awesome to kick start your exercise routine!
    I bought this DVD hoping it would help me kickstart my weight loss after a 50 pound pregnancy weight gain. I haven't been disappointed.

    I like:
    * the music
    * the fact that not everyone in the video has a perfect body
    * it continues to interest and motivate me after 3 straight weeks of doing it 5 days a week

    I don't like Michelle Reber (the annoying instructor behind Billy)'s ongoing comments and i don't like that Billy's cueing is a bit off and not a mirror image of what he wants you to be doing. But these are minor points. I normally lose interest in exercise DVDs really quickly but this one has really kept me motivated. I'll be buying other Tae Bo DVDs. There is substance behind the hype!...more info

  • True Tae Bo Fan
    I have been following Billy Blanks Tae Bo tapes since 1999. I was skeptical, as I had never been a fan of home exercise videos. I had been active in the gym with weights, running, and advanced step classes and never thought I could get a decent workout from a video. Boy was I wrong! I started with Tae Bo Advanced Live Vol 1 and became so addicted I bought 5 more volumes!!! Now I own Tae Bo Bootcamp, Cardio Blast, and most recently the Tae Bo Advanced Get Ripped workouts!

    I have nothing but great things to say about these videos! The first one is definitely more challenging cardiovascular wise, but the second is still a workout! I love all the imperfections(even the uneven sides!), because it's more realistic to being in a real class! I don't want some perfectly choregraphed model telling me to step it up! I want to see some sweat!!

    I am stronger and more toned at 33 years old and one son, than I ever thought about being 6 years ago when I started these videos. I have continued to incorporate these videos with my regular gym workout. Plus, I don't have an excuse when I can't make it to the gym!!...more info
  • Excellent DVD.
    Much better than the original. Intense, fun and good energy....more info
  • Incredible work out videos
    I purchase this workout video to increase my flexiblity and to my surprise within 3 weeks my flexibilty has improved. It is fun to use and I use it more than my treadmill. My entire family work out using the tapes. Very good product and I highly recommend it....more info
  • One in need of exercise
    Since this is the first Taebo video I have ever used in my life, I found it difficult at first. But I've also done some martial arts in the past. So, after exercising with it for two weeks or so, it became increasingly easier and manageable. I work up a sweat with it and usually have to stop once in the middle of the workout to catch my breath, so it gives me the push I need to lose weight. Billy is supportive but can be a little repetitive in his "come on"s and "work it"s (which I find kind of funny :D). Overall, this is a good exercise dvd for those who have exercised before but not so great for people with bad balance or who have never done a front or side kick before....more info
  • Sweat, Power, Enjoyment
    I used this DVD for combination ideas a year ago when I was teaching cardio kickboxing. Today, I still workout with it when I want a good sweat. It's easy to follow, and I have it memorized in counts so I can play my own music to it because his counting gets a little dull, however it is great for people who need to focus on the moves and rhythm of the movement. You will work up a sweat with this one.
    I also reccommend his recent ones with Bootcamp style, because it involves music and strength. Just a warning though: he goes a bit too fast with the resistant band at times. Stay with a steady safe pace so you are sore in a good way and not a bad way....more info
  • TaeBo II: Get Ripped Basic Workout
    Definitely not for beginners and it will get your heart pumping faaaaaaaaaast ...more info
  • billy my boy
    I love tae-bo ans was not disappointd with this dvd. I did tae-bo until I was about 8 mo pregnant (obviously I had to adapt a few moves)and have started on this series to get back into my pre-preg body. These workouts include more stretching that in the first series and a longer cool down period. There are 2 basic work-outs and an 8 min which is great. They are more fast paced but include new moves and incorporate floor work for abs and glutes but not to the extent you see in the advanced tapes. There is still the occasional too many sets on one side but if you alternate which side you start with you will always get a complete work out. these are the only tapes I can do at home and not get bored. I alwasy feel like I get a great workout.Great purchase and I will buy more....more info
  • Great Workout For Anyone
    I recently bought this DVD hoping to find a good cardio workout that was both entertaining and that I could do at home, and this is just the thing. The Tae Bo basic workout is enough to make anyone sweat, plus there are two workouts and an 8 minute one to choose from. I've done kickboxing classes in the past so I started out with this video instead of an instructional video. It's fairly easy to follow, even for beginners. I recommend this DVD to anyone looking to try tae bo....more info
  • Fuerte!!!
    Si necesitas bajar de peso y tonificar a la vez este es el DVD que necesitas. Tiene dos secciones de alrededor de 25 minutos y una de 8 minutos por si no tienes mucho tiempo. Es un ejercicio bastante fuerte, por lo cual a los que estamos un poco sobrepeso se nos puede hacer un poco dificil al principio, pero despues te diviertes muchisimo. No le di una puntuacion de 5 solo por que la segunda parte me parece un poco monotona. Pero por lo dem®Ęs es excelente. EXITO!!!...more info
  • Billy, you saved my life!
    I bought this DVD almost three years ago. These were the first two Tae Bo workouts I ever did. At that time I was fat and unhealthy and depressed. Tae Bo helped me pull myself back up. There is something about the music and the moves (and Billy!) that pulled me in so that I WANTED TO WORKOUT!!! I found myself arranging my day around my workout. Now I have become a lifelong exerciser and am addicted to kickboxing. You have to love the workout or you won't do it, and for me Tae Bo is easy to love because it is so fun.

    After I had been doing these two Basic workouts for a couple of months, I started the Get Ripped Advanced (awesome workouts!!) and then later I got the Advanced Live 1-12 workouts off eBay (even more awesome!!). Now I have about 30 or so Tae Bo workouts. I cannot say enough good things about Tae Bo. It changed my life.

    I see these workouts as a great starting point for someone wanting to get fit. If you have never had any martial arts instruction, consider getting the Instructional workout first so you will have good form and not hurt yourself. Otherwise, have fun! ...more info
  • great workouts for the body!
    these 2 tapes are great!
    the first one (red on cover) is the one I do the most, it starts with the normal warm-up, punches and kicks for about 24minutes, then the second tape, it starts with the warm-up, then its some abs and buns exercises on the floor then proceeds to some cardio punches and kicks, well rounded workout for not a lot of time.
    All i have to say is that Michelle, can be a bit too annoying saying "all right" every minute, but after a while, you learn to block it outta your mind while doing the tapes!
    and one other thing, Billy always has different number of sets for ever exercise! that is annoying, and he does it on every tape! ah well.....the workout is what matters!
    other than that Highly highly recommend these 2 for the workout itself!...more info
  • Tae-Bo Get Ripped?
    These two tapes are way too tame compared to the Basic tape in the Live series - I hardly sweated at the end of the tapes! I returned mine as I found them to be too "beginnerish". I have been doing TaeBo for three months and have tried out the Get Ripped Advanced tapes which are much more to my liking. These tapes are great for beginners, much more realistic of what beginners can accomplish than the Basic tape in the Live Series. The bottom line is, if you are a beginner Tae Bot, by all means buy these tapes. However, if you are looking for the cardio intensity similar to the Live series, these tapes will not deliver....more info
  • Um.... I like it?
    Yeah, this is a pretty good work out. It makes you sweat. The 8 minute work out will make you have a heart attack if you are not careful! I liked how there were heavy people and older people along with the super in shape people. I suspect that this work out has good results. I myself have only done it three times, so I wouldn't REALLY know. But after those three times, I felt fantastic! It's worth a shot....more info
  • A great workout!
    This is a great workout. I initially bought thr Get Ripped Advanced workout and after I embarassed myself to no return, I decided to start with something a little easier. I am very pleased with this workout. It is not so easy that you will breeze through it. After a few workouts, I have yet to finish the tape without stopping a bunch of times. (Which Billy says is OK). The only problem that I can find is that Billy loses count a lot. He will say one more set and you sometimes actually end up doing three more sets. You can look at that as a plus though; you are going the extra mile! At the beginning of the tape there are commercials of some sort, which I fast foward through. I dont know if you can skip them on a DVD player however. Either way, I am VERY pleased with this workout and would highly recommend to beginners of all ages....more info
  • Even Better than the Original
    I have been doing the first version of Taebo for quite a while now, and I've loved it. So when the new version Taebo II came out it was the first thing on my Christmas list. After working out with it for a few weeks I've found that I loved it!! I especially like 2 workouts instead of 1. 1 workout focuses on cardio (and legs) and the other focuses on glutes, and abs. In the first Taebo I was at the advanced level, and I thought that I would be as well, but I have still not conquered the basic version. I skipped the instructional part as well since I had been doing Taebo already. I always disliked the long glute workout in the first advanced version which is why I liked how it was seperated out in Taebo II. That way I get to choose if I want to work out the abs and glutes, or not. I highly reccomend this... but I also caution that newbies to Taebo need to have a fitness base BEFORE they attempt it... Its not a good idea to start with Taebo, although the instructional DVD might be better since it has beginner's workout...

    I was thrilled that this Taebo DVD had REAL people in it, not just already buff instructors working out with Billy Blanks. It had regular women (meaning not buff or overly skinny), older woman (60's or 70's), and slightly overweight women (who basically are normal women). It was motivating to see such a wide range of people instead of the usual instructors.

    Lastly, for all you DVD guru's who, like me, were disappointed in the quality of the first Taebo DVD, this is finally digital quality....more info

  • Easier than the regular Tae-bo Basic
    I started doing tae-bo more than a year ago, and then stopped after half a year. Started again recently and decided to order new tapes so I would not get bored easily.I was slightly disappointed with this 2-pack "Get Ripped", because one of the tapes is mostly just a "on-the-floor" work out, and I wanted more cardio, and the other tape is fine, but it is easier for me than the one I already have (Tae Bo Basic), I only use this new tape on the days when I am too tired for the workout in general, but want to pretend that I am doing "something". However in general, Tae-Bo really works for me, fast results!...more info
  • Great Cardio Workouts
    Though these are called basic, they will still give you a great cardio workout. The moves are explained well enough that a beginner could start here without the instructional videos. One of the videos starts out with a short abs workout and dog-style glute exercises and then goes into cardio and the other is entirely cardio, but both have a good cardio workout. There are enough repetitions to make you sweat, but not so many that most people won't be able to complete them. The combinations are easy to follow, and the instructions are clear. It is a little annoying the Billy Blanks always says go right when he's going right when most people following will be doing mirror images to follow along and thus going left, but that's a small complaint. These two videos are a great addition to any workout plan and work great for cross training. For longer workouts just move on to the advanced tapes....more info
  • Its a great product.

    Let me be clear. I never bought these type of videos before because I always thought they were kind of dorky! But this one is actually great! I had read the previous review carefully before making a decision to purchase and two things definitely held true. 1) Do not try to skip ahead and purchase the intermediate routines if you have never done this before. Some people think just because they already have a descent exercise program going that they don't have to start out with the basic workout. If you skip, YOU WILL BE LOST!!! There are a lot of moves that you have to get use to in the first program. And you will need to get these down first because in the upcoming tapes, the moves get really difficult. And at first its hard getting use to switching routines which Billy will do on a dime. So keep your remote near you to stop the program and rewind. (That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.) But, as people in previous reviews have written, YOU'LL GET USE TO IT! Get this tape down packed before moving on. 2) YOU WILL SWEAT!!! Its a great workout even though it only lasts for a little over 20 minutes. For those who have a exercise program, what I do is go through the routine twice. You will love the burn. And his tape is not boring. I use it mainly as a alternate Cardio day to burn calories with my 3 weight lifting days to total and round out a solid four day workout week. It is a great buy....more info
  • Great for People on the Move!
    I'm female and a constant traveller because of my work and find it difficult to fit in exercise while living in hotels and eating all the wrong foods when I'm on the road. As a result my fitness suffered and I put on a lot of weight. I looked for a way that I could exercise without the difficulty of trying to find a safe area in strange cities when travelling alone, often overseas. I purchased this DVD as a trial to see if it would give me good aerobic exercise within the confines of my hotel room and be fun at the same time. It was great! I do the exercise in the privacy, safety and comfort of my hotel room first thing in the mornings before my meetings. I feel great energy when I go to my meetings and I don't seem to get as stiff as I used to get after sitting all day. Besides, I have the option of another half hour session at night before going to bed. The exercises are fun, physically challenging and it's almost like being in a real exercise class with real people around me when I do it. The TaeBo DVD and my lap top are the first things I pack when travelling now. My fitness has started to pick up and I'm working on losing thast weight. What I haven't mentioned so far is that I'm Australian and that only TaeBo VHS tapes are on sale here, so thank goodness for Amazon.com! I've now found the perfect solution to my exercise dilema....more info
  • Great Workout
    Considering I can't walk and chew gum at the same time, I love this DVD. It took me a week to get the hang of it. But now that I can do the exercises without knocking myself silly, I feel stronger and MUCH more coordinated!...more info
  • Good basic kickboxing workouts
    This 2-tape set consists of two basic Tae Bo routines. Basic Workout 1 includes floor work in addition to a standing kickboxing routine. This video begins with instructor Billy Blank's standard 5-minute stretch routine. Following the warmup comes the toning segment: 4 minutes of abs work and then 4 minutes of targeted glutes work performed on hands and knees. Then Billy leads one of his basic kickboxing routines consisting mainly of punches with some knee lifts and kicks thrown in; Billy also emphasizes the abs while in a standing position. The kickboxing segment lasts about 10 minutes, and a final 3 minutes of cool-down stretches complete this 26-minute workout. Basic Workout 2 is entirely a standing kickboxing routine. There is a similar warmup (about 4 minutes) followed by an approximately 18-minute cardio workout. Billy does a few more combinations here, and again, he always reminds you to work your abdominals from a standing position. This workout ends with a Tai Chi type cool-down segment.

    As an instructor, Billy Blanks is very likeable and extremely enthusiastic. However, his counting is not always accurate, and he frequently completes an uneven number of sets from one side of the body to the other. These tapes would be good for those who like simple kickboxing routines focused mainly on punches and which include some toning in addition to cardio....more info

  • Tae-bo "Get Ripped II" Basic Workout will get you in shape!
    I bought the Tae-bo "Get Ripped II" Basic series last week, and I love it. Tae-bo "Get Ripped II" is now my primary workout program with a little yoga here and there. I found the pace a little fast in the beginning, but since then I have eventually learned the moves and can now match the pace.

    I use the shorter 8-minute version as either a lighter workout (later in the day), or when I haven't got the time in the morning for the longer 20 minute workout (which is closer to 30 when you factor in the warm-up and cool-down stretches).

    This is a great workout for anyone who is really, really serious about losing weight and staying in shape.

    I highly recommend it!
    *****...more info

 

 
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