Gilad: The 60 & 30 Minute Low-Impact Workouts


Gilad. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Your spandex is so lovely and your belted manpris enable such free movement.

Ok, enough waxing poetic. As previously mentioned, Gilad’s Bodies in Motion introduced me to aerobics and toning back in the day. I decided to travel back in time to 1987 to try out Gilad’s The 60 & 30 Minute Low-Impact Workouts on DVD.

Despite the belted spandex and blue Reebok high-tops, the video didn’t seem too visually out of touch. The timeless setting of a beautiful Hawaiian beach helped. There were a couple of goofy-looking moves, but the 30-minute segment consisted of the standard warmup, which included using your own resistance to work your biceps and triceps, easy squats and twists to warm up the waist. An 8-minute cardio session follows, and Gilad tells you to get your thighs up in the air while marching, which seems like a comment fitting for another video. But Gilad’s accent is charming, and you know he doesn’t mean it like that. I also have a strange affinity for the music in this workout. I think it’s the fact that its intensity crescendos as the workout intensity increases. Either that or my music tastes didn’t mature past 1987.

The cardio wasn’t terribly challenging, but it would be a perfect fit for beginners. Gilad also forgets the age-old rule of exercise instruction: Always mirror the participants. So, when he says right, he’s the one going right, which makes for confusing footwork. However, there’s an easy fix to this issue—just do the opposite of what he tells you.

The floor work, which worked the abs, hips, thighs and buttocks, did make my hips burn. The cool down incorporated several hamstring stretches, which are always welcome to my tight legs. The 30-minute workout was the same as what you saw on Bodies in Motion on television. I think I may have even done this exact workout when I was 13.

The 60-minute workout was more challenging. It incorporated a longer 22-minute cardio session, which used larger movements and some different choreography to get your heart rate up. No bootcamp here though, it was all standard old-school aerobics. As with his warmups that rely on your own resistance, you get out what you put into it the cardio. If you really go for it, you’ll feel like you got a 22-minute session. If you half-ass it, you’re going to feel like you just warmed up. Your choice. The floor work effectively worked my abs with his rope-pulling moves, and I was feeling it the next day.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★
Music: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★
Overall: ★★★

Fit Bottom line: The low-impact cardio was good for my injured foot and would be best-suited for new exercisers, but you can make it more challenging by putting in your maximum effort. Gilad’s endearing and the floor work hits all the right spots. —Erin

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  1. Mark Salinas says:

    I remember this guy way back. Those nice Hawaii beaches and like you said “belted spandex and blue Reebok high-tops” Nice review. Thanks!

  2. Marcy says:

    ROFLMAO! Ooohhh they still show those dudes on some Fitness channel in the wee AM hrs. Good times, good times.

  3. tfh says:

    I do find it a joy to revisit some of the oldies in my fitness collection, but I’d forgotten about Gilad! It’s nice to know that although the styles are out of date, the moves are still effective.

  4. Ruthie says:

    Nice review. I’ve been doing some of my mom in laws videos from the 80s with the same impression.

    I did a step-and-scupt class at the Y yesterday. What fun!!! 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    I love Gilad! I first saw his show the summer before my junior year of college (cough -’92-cough). It was a pretty good workout by the standards of that time.

    After coming to terms with the fact that junk food and no exercise weren’t a great way to get rid of the extra ‘baby weight’ after having my third son, who did I find on FitTV? Gilad! …With Bodies in Motion and Total Body Sculpt (newer up-to-date series), I lost 40 lbs and have kept it off.

    I like his little “words of wisdom,” like “If your resting, you’re rusting,” or “Don’t wait for inspiration to strike, just start moving and inspiration will follow.” I have the one hour Total Body Sculpt Plus shows (shown on Saturday nights) saved on the DVR.

    What I really like about his routines is that they are simple enough for a klutz like me to follow, while still offering a challenge.

  6. Erica says:

    I love that you re-visit the back in the day videos! I hope that much spandex never makes a comeback.

  7. MizFit says:

    good g-d I heart gilad.

    (and kickin it old school. I always love me the old school)

    happy weekend!

  8. Tara says:

    Oh my goodness! That was a flashback just to see his name.
    I was a religious worker outer back in the day to his back to back shows. Fitness in many streaming forms has really changed since being only able to VHS record shows from cable! Haha.

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