Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Denise Austin's Fit Kids is an exercise video for...um, kids. The 20-minute workout consists of a warm-up; some dancing and kickboxing; a little strength training; and some yoga stretches. The DVD also includes a 20-minute Family Fit program aimed at...well, families.
I did the Fit Kids routine with a pair of 6-year-olds, who chose it over Family Fit, "Because we're kids!" Although the video is recommended for children 8 and up, and features a cast of kids who are mostly older than that, the twins kept up pretty well, especially the girl who has been taking dance lessons for a few years. They both especially liked the strength and stretch parts, and she said that when it was over she wanted to lift weights in the basement to get even stronger.
While I felt far from "pushed to my limits," the cardio moves Denise does with the kids are basically simplified versions of standard aerobics class fare and can be performed with enough intensity to get your heart rate up. Same goes for the strength exercises, which include modified triceps dips and full push-ups.
Fit Kids is a little cheesy, of course, but I think the more options for getting kids interested in exercise and becoming more physically active the better, and this is a challenging offering from a well-respected, trustworthy name in the industry.
Fun tidbit: two of the girls in the video are Denise's daughters.