Picks and Pans Review: Sharlyne Powell's 30-Minute Workout

UPDATED 07/01/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/01/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

Although it's billed as a workout for overweight people, this routine is appropriate for almost anyone. Backed by country-tinged rock music with oomph, Powell—founder of the Women at Large exercise studio chain—works through her low-impact routines. While burning off much weight would require a few thousand reps of the tape, Powell's workout gets the heart pumping gently—and it's fun. (Babbo Productions, $24.95; 800-477-2348)


Though it isn't explained in this video, "Jingo" is a song playing in the background of this fitness tape, one of a series by Debbie and Carlos Rosas, authors of Non-Impact Aerobics. For starters, you dig your toes into the carpet and begin "awakening sensory awareness" and "trusting your body's internal wisdom."

The hour workout is billed as being for the core of your body—a vague area said to vary from person to person. Improvisation is encouraged, however, which is a welcome switch from the usual drill. One tip: It helps with this tape if you've had ballet training, know karate and grunt like a gorilla. (Niawave, $34; 800-762-5762)

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