Picks and Pans Review: Mary Hart: Fit & Firm

updated 07/01/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1991 01:00AM

Entertainment Tonight's perky Hart offers a basic 55-minute, nonaerobic workout. All body areas are covered, and Hart, not as saccharine here as she gets on TV, offers clear instructions. No razzle-dazzle, just leg lifts and stomach crunches for those who want to make a better showing in their bathing suits than they did last year. (Avon Home Video, $19.95; 800-858-8000)

SANDY DUNCAN: THE 5 MINUTE WORKOUT

What do you do if you have a five-minute exercise program but a 55-minute tape to fill? In this case you S-T-R-E-T-C-H it out to the point of insufferableness.

At 45, actress Duncan still looks great in all her midriff-exposing outfits, but it's a sin to drag out such a simple exercise regimen. And was it she or choreographer Kevin Carlisle who wrote the part where Kevin says they are going to do a routine in sequence and Sandy appears in sequins?

After they've tried every head-to-toe exercise variation, there's still time left. So they show how the five-minute exercise can be done everywhere from a bus stop to a bank. If you see someone doing shoulder lifts while in line to make a deposit, blame Sandy. (Wood Knapp, $19.95; 800-331-6839)

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