5 A WORK OF PURE GENIUS.aikidopete | 14/04/2008 | See all aikidopete's reviews (14)I bought this box set just over two years ago in a Jan sale for about £8. Talk about amazing value for money! I do it every week and know every routine like the back of my hand. Forget high priced gym classes, get this.I've got a black belt in Aikido and have also trained extensively in Karate. The moves in Tae Bo are simpler than Martial Arts but what Billy Blanks has done is pure genius. He's taken all the moves that work and tighten muscles and simplified them down so that everybody can do them. Yet at the same time he's perfected the movements so that they work and tighten my body in a much more focused way than any Martial Arts training session has ever done.One important thing to note is that the 'Active' and 'Energise' discs are EXACTLY THE SAME. It's totally cheeky to have two identical workout discs with different titles but even though it's really a three disc box set it's still excellent value for money. So they didn't really need to try and con us after all.The 'abs and glutes' disc is a 30 min advanced workout. Only one workout on the disc, but it's great and very focused for your abs and butt.'Energise' has an 8min workout, 30 min basic and 50 min advanced workout. The 8 min workouts are really 15 mins because they include a quick warm up and warm down but boy is it pumping. Like a Tae Bo sprint. I haven't done the 30 min basic for a long time but it's def the place to start your Tae Bo workout (after the instructional vid of course). The 50 min Advanced workout is awesome! It's pretty much a slightly toughter version of the 'abs and glutes' workout, with a good focus on abs and butt in the middle but with loads of good cardio at the beginning and end with a great 'tae chi esq' warm down to finish.Forget 'Active' it's exactly the same workout as 'energise.''Ripped' is my favourite of the pack. This disc really is for toning and tightening the body BIG TIME. The 8min (15 min) workout is the fastest of the lot. The 30min basic is still pretty tough but the Advanced workout is the good stuff. It's a full hour of the coolest Tae Bo moves, filled with heaps of kicks, standing ab routines and it doesn't let up for a moment. Awesome stuff, but not for the faint of heart.Small note is that the workouts are designed for women, and developed to sculpt lean and slender bodies. Perfect for women, but when I introduced my brother to Tae Bo the other day he made a good point that as a testosterone filled guy I should add a big and proper punching bag while I do it to add resistance and build strength rather than just punching the air which tones arms rather than build them. So if you're a guy grab a punching bag with your dvd so that you can build the boxing element into your workout too.Super small note is that every workout is filled to the brim with heaps of people, so it always feels like you're working out with lots of people and there's someone for everyone to relate to.Overall, great stuff. If everybody did Tae Bo we'd have a nation of fitter, happier people. Get it now.