The Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped exercise video blends Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing and aerobics in a five-DVD set; it's the top choice of experts for serious exercisers who are looking to burn calories and keep adding variety to their routine. This DVD series also impresses reviewers with its attention to form and conditioning, which are vital to prevent muscle strain or injury during workouts. Included is an amplifier sculpting bar for added muscle-shaping resistance, but some users aren't sold on its benefits or ease of use. Tae Bo is best for intermediate and advanced exercisers, experts warn. Interestingly, Billy Blanks's Tae Bo is one of the only videos which is consistently selected as a top workout in the martial arts/kickboxing category. Very few workout videos and DVDs have the type of staying power that is seen with Tae Bo. If you're looking for a program that has stood the test of time, this may be the one for you.
There are many reviews for Tae Bo Amped. Close to 100 users at Amazon.com, Epinions.com, Walmart.com and CollageVideo.com provide reviews. Experts at Fitness magazine tested and compared exercise videos, so theirs is the best professional review available. The staff at CollageVideo.com also reviews Tae Bo Amped.
1. Fitness Magazine
The top 10 workout videos in different categories are chosen by the editors of Fitness magazine after numerous videos were tested. For aerobics, the pick is Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped. Editors like the kickboxing and the included weighted bar.
Review: The Top 10 Workout DVDs, Editors of Fitness, Feb. 2008
Over 90 owners give this exercise video very good ratings. People rave about the video, saying it helped them to lose weight and to firm up. A few complain that the workout is too fast paced, however, and that there aren't enough instructions on how to do the moves.
Review: Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2011
Five reviewers give this exercise video a near-perfect score. Users say it is a fun and entertaining way to lose weight and get into shape.
Review: Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of June 2011
More than 60 users provide user-generated feedback on Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped. Reviews are not as detailed as those offered on Amazon.com, but do provide helpful information. While reviewers find the workouts challenging, several note quality flaws in the included amplifier bar and note that more warm-up would be nice.
Review: Billy Blanks Tae Bo Amped 5-DVD Workout Set, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2011
5. Collage Video.com
Not only is this a favorite with CollageVideo.com staff, but 41 owners also give it high ratings. While many feel this is a fantastic workout that helps them lose pounds and/or inches, several mention being disappointed because the workout was not what they were expecting.
Review: Tae Bo: Amped Basic (with Amplifier Bar), Contributors to CollageVideo.com, As of June 2011
6. FitnessInfomercial Review.com
This website allows users to post reviews for "as seen on TV" fitness products. Editors offer an overview of Tae Bo and then customers review the videos. Most praise them as excellent aerobic workouts, but some caution that you really need to learn the basic moves first.
Review: Billy Blanks' Tae Bo Reviews and Product Ratings, Editors of and Contributors to FitnessInfomercialReview.com, As of June 2011