On Wednesday, I decided to try another Leslie Sansone workout that I hadn’t done before. It’s called 5 Day Slim Down: A Mile Each Morning. The workout contains 5 one mile workouts, as well as a separate warm up and cool down/stretch, making it very easy to customize the length of the workout to fit your needs. Leslie offers an overview of the program in the Introduction, suggesting ways to use the dvd. It’s well chaptered, and also contains a bonus segment, Super Breakfasts, featuring Leslie in the kitchen. She offers 5 quick and easy breakfast ideas, adding in other healthy eating tips during the demonstration. This is probably the longest Leslie workout that I have, since her other 5 mile workouts do not have the warm up and cool down separate from the miles. The full workout – including all 5 miles and the warm up, cool down, and stretch – clocks in around 82 minutes. That’s a lot of Leslie – but she’s pretty calm throughout the entire workout, and is on her own the whole time, as well.
Each mile, referred to as Days 1-5, has a different focus, offering a good variety. The first four miles are 14 minute miles, and the last mile speeds up to a 12 minute mile and is the only one to include a jogging interval. I did the second mile on my rebounder, which was pretty fun. The music also changes for each mile, and I don’t remember hearing a lot of repeats, though I have the music used in this workout during other workout videos. But, it’s nice that the music doesn’t feel repetitive. The warm up was adequate, and the cool down stretch is longer than normal for Leslie’s workouts.
This was a nice workout, and was glad to see that the warm up and cool down were separate, making it easier to use the dvd for a shorter workout. That way, you don’t have each mile contain a warm and cool down, allowing you to keep the intensity a bit higher when using multiple miles at once. I also liked the twists she added for each mile, which made the long workout move along pretty quickly for me. This would be a good choice for someone who’s new to Leslie, to see if they enjoy her style, as you get a little bit of everything in this workout (and it’s usually a good bargain, too!).
Day 1 is a Classic Walk, with a 14 minute mile pace using Leslie’s four basic steps – walking, side steps, knee ups, and kicks. Day 2 is called Sculpt Your Arms, though no weights are used by Leslie. She adds lots of upper body movement to this 14 minute mile, which helped to keep my heart rate up. Day 3, Slim Your Legs, was a fun one and she includes side to side squats, stationary lunges, and some heel digs and other variations on side steps. Slim Your Legs was an enjoyable 14 minute mile that went by very quickly for me. Day 4 is Trim Your Tummy, a 14 minute mile where Leslie adds in several standing crunches, as well as a lot of opposite hand to knee during the knee ups. Day 5, Speed Walk, increases the pace to a 12 minute mile, including a brief (~1 minute) jogging interval toward the end. The Speed Walk mile was fun for me, but then again I usually do prefer her faster paced workouts.