I'd asked for an aerobic step bench on Freecycle before but no one responded. I figured what could be the harm in asking again and this time, I received. It seems like the second time is a charm. Yes, I would have to drive about 30 minutes to get it but I was going to be going up north anyway. It's not that I would have been closer to the pick-up spot but at least I would already be in motion. I called the Freecycler to arrange and what do you know? She works in the town that neighbors mine! So I had a ridiculously easy and quick pick up and I'm now in possession of a step bench.
I have this tape that I bought at the library for $1 eons ago called Fat Burning Breakthrough by Kathy Smith. I didn't realize it needed a step bench when I bought it so the tape had just been sitting there. So now that I finally had a step bench, I was eager to give it a try. And I was surprised to find out that I really liked it. It was a challenging and balanced workout although I think the challenge came mostly from trying to master the choreography. Kathy Smith could have done a better job of cuing but the routine is not over-the-top complex. I think once I'm comfortable with the steps, I can really ramp up the intensity on this workout. It was a pretty long and comprehensive workout--lots of cardio with strength and flexibility thrown in. More than all of that, it was fun and very different from the style of my other workout DVDs. It's a little annoying that it's on tape because I have to use the television as opposed to the computer. Our computer is positioned in our living room in such a way that it's more conducive to working out.
In any case, it's something really good to add to the mix while I try to figure out what I'm going to do next exercise wise. I'm going to check at the library for other workouts that use a step.