Walk On: 10 Minute Quick Walk Mix

10 Minute Quick Walk Mix is another collection of short walks from Jessica Smith. It contains 6 approx. 10 minute walks + one 12 minute stretch. 3 of the walks are strength walks and 3 of the walks are cardio walks. I love Jessica’s walking workouts in all lengths but, other than her YouTube workouts, this is the only DVD of hers that had walks this short, so I decided I needed it. It turned out to be yet another great Walk On collection. I used them as add ons after a longer workout (usually 30-35 minutes) to extend my morning workout to 45 minutes. They worked perfectly for that purpose.

These are all uncomplicated workouts. I want to say beginner level, but I have convinced my husband to exercise by doing Jessica Smith’s walking workouts. He hasn’t done any structured exercise in years and has been very resistant to starting back up again. But I convinced him that something is better than nothing, so this is how I am getting him back in shape–with Jessica’s walking workouts. Well, he actually struggled to get through one of Jessica’s 15 minute walks! It was one of her HIIT walks, but I thought if he followed Debbie he would have no problem. Not so! I almost lost him! But I convinced him Jessica had even easier walks. So next I dropped him down to Powered Up Walk from this collection. He did do a lot better but it still challenged him more than I expected it to. So the level of these workouts is really based on whether you do any form of exercise at all.

There is a timer in the bottom right hand corner of the screen counting down 10 minutes. However not all of the walks or the stretch are exactly 10 minutes; most are longer. Since the timer always counts down exactly 10 minutes, sometimes the walk has already started before the timer appears and sometimes the walk continues after the 10 minutes are up and the timer disappears. But never for more than a minute total. Except with the chair stretch. For the chair stretch 40 seconds pass before the timer appears and then after the timer disappears you continue stretching for more than a minute.

Jessica’s mother Debbie is there showing easier versions of the exercises and Jessica’s friend Raquel is there showing more advanced versions. It includes 2 premixes: All of the strength walks plus the chair stretch (40 minutes) and all the cardio walks (30 minutes). If using the premixes, Jessica recommends doing the 40 minute strength/stretch walk Monday, Wednesday and Friday and doing the 30 minute cardio walk on Tuesday and Thursday.

Powered Up Walk (10 minutes): This is a great little cardio walk. Nothing too intense even when you kick it up to a jog with Raquel. But it is a great add on to another workout or combine several of these 10 minute walks together–or use the premixes. As I mentioned above, this challenged my husband who is an absolute beginner. It did not challenge me and I am a more intermediate exerciser. But this was doable for him.

  1. Step out wide then back in
  2. Walk wide then just tap feet (legs remain wide); add swinging arms side to side
  3. March in place; march forward and back (or jog); add pushing arms overhead
  4. Side steps
  5. Step step forward and back in a zig-zag pattern
  6. Alternating low front kicks
  7. Alternating low back kicks; add single arm reaches overhead, alternate arms
  8. Side steps; add alternating front punch
  9. Still side stepping but it turns into a bob and weave w/ arms in guard
  10. Lateral skaters w/ alternating punch downs
  11. Jab cross to side
  12. Boxer shuffle w/ speed bag arms
  13. Repeat #11 on other side of body
  14. Repeat #12
  15. Hamstring curls; add traveling forward and back
  16. March in place; changes to low cross-over front kicks

Steppin’ Strength Walk (11 minutes; 1:45 warm up) Equipment: Dumbbells. I used 5, 8 and 13 pound dumbbells. Jessica and Raquel were using much lighter weights and Debbie used no weights. This was a great strength walk. I really enjoyed it and I felt the exercises, so it worked my muscles nicely. I used this as an add on to finish off another strength workout and it worked perfectly for that. This would also work perfectly in conjunction with the other strength walks on this DVD–and Jessica agrees because she created a premix doing just that–combining all 3 strength walks and finishing it with the stretch.

  1. Bring arms/DBs out to sides, elbows against waist and DBs held out so arms create a “W”, push DBs out into a V then return to W while marching (overhead V press) (8# DBs)
  2. Side steps while lowered into partial squat; changes to double side steps (still in partial squat) (8# DBs)
  3. While marching in place, bring DBs in front of you w/ palms facing down, pull DBs back into a row while turning DBs so palms are facing ceiling (8# DBs)
  4. Bring DBs together in front of chest and do alternating knee raises; add overhead press while keeping DBs pressed together (8# DBs)
  5. While marching in place, hold DBs at sides w/ elbows bent, press DBs forward at chest level then bring them back to sides (5# DBs)
  6. Pulsing stationary lunge (13# DBs)
  7. Wide partial bicep curls while marching in place (8# DBs)
  8. Tricep kickbacks while stepping forward and back (8# DBs)
  9. Repeat 7 & 8
  10. Hold DBs in front of you with straight arms and bring DBs behind you, keeping arms straight (straight arm tricep press backs) while marching (8# DBs)

Happy HIIT Walk (11 minutes) You march in place between every move. If you are following Raquel you jog in place between every move until the very end when you are cooling down. This was a more intense little walk–especially if you are following Raquel. I did follow Raquel for most everything, but marched rather than jogged between moves. I used this as a finisher for another cardio workout and this did a great job keeping the calorie burn going.

  1. March or jog in place
  2. Side steps; add jumping jack arms
  3. Hamstring curl
  4. Alternating heel digs
  5. March in place or jog; add traveling forward and back
  6. Wide march; turns onto boxer shuffle; add waving arms side to side overhead
  7. Low jacks or full jumping jacks
  8. Side steps; changes to lateral skaters w/ side to side arms
  9. Side steps w/ jack arms or full jacks
  10. Grapevines
  11. Twister toe taps (little toe taps to the front while twisting hips) (or twisting hop)
  12. Alternating knee lifts w/ figure 8 arms
  13. Side steps; add elbow strikes to the side; changes to pulling elbows back; changes to lateral skaters (same arm movement)
  14. March in place w/ legs wide; add squatting then straightening while lowering hands near floor then raising overhead
  15. Squat pulses or squat jumps
  16. Repeat #14
  17. Fast squats while doing wide double arms circles
  18. March in place
  19. Heel digs
  20. Alternating tap backs
  21. March in place while taking deep breaths

Dance Walk (10 minutes): This is a low intensity walk. Easy, fun with some dancy moves. I never broke a sweat during this walk but that’s okay. I got my steps in, right?

  1. Alternating front stomp (step forward and back in a dancy way)
  2. Repeat #1 but do it at an angle (dancy V step)
  3. Dancy march in place
  4. Side steps; changes to double side step; add punching arms up and down (advanced move is jacking 2x to each side)
  5. Side steps w/ claps; changes to double side steps still clapping
  6. Hamstring curls w/ upright row arms; add traveling forward and back
  7. Dancy step back behind other leg, alternate sides
  8. Alternating knee raises; add clap beneath thigh; changes to single, single, double pattern
  9. Dancy march in place; changes to traveling forward and back while waving arms overhead when marching forward and waving them low when marching back
  10. Mambo step out to side
  11. “Salsa” step back w/ a cha-cha-cha before alternating sides
  12. Mambo step out to side w/ a cha-cha-cha before alternating sides
  13. Repeat #9
  14. Side steps w/ claps
  15. Ends with the dancy march

Abs & Arms Walk (10:30 minutes; 1 minute warm up) Equipment: dumbbells. I used 6 and 8 pound dumbbells. Jessica and Raquel were using much lighter weights and Debbie used no weights. This is a great walk to finish off an upper or total body workout. Jessica doesn’t hit the back or chest but she does give your biceps, triceps and shoulders some nice work. With the right weights you will feel the burn! If you combine this with Step-in’ Strength Walk (above) your back and chest will get some work.

  1. Hold DBs overhead, raise knee and bring opposite elbow to knee, alternate sides (6# DBs)
  2. Straight arm front raises while marching in place (6# DBs)
  3. Side steps w/ wide bicep curls (8# DBs)
  4. Holding arms down straight at sides w/ palms facing behind you, do alternating knee lifts while pressing DBs behind you (8# DBs)
  5. Side steps w/ tricep kickbacks (8# DBs)
  6. Bow and arrow step back (hold DBs in front of you, palms facing down, step back w/ on foot while pulling same side arm back, bringing DB to shoulder, alternate sides) (8# DBs)
  7. Repeat #1-4
  8. (set one DB on floor so you are only holding one DB) Hold one DB in both hands, step side to side while chopping DB from shoulder to opposite hip (or from overhead to opposite hip) (one 8# DBs)
  9. Still holding one DB in both hands, do single knee pull bringing DB from shoulder to opposite hip (one 8# DB)
  10. Repeat 8 & 9 on other side of body

Buns & Thighs (10:30 minutes; 1:30 minute warm up) Equipment: dumbbells. I used a set of 10 pound dumbbells for everything. Jessica and Raquel were using much lighter weights and Debbie used no weights. Though I did really enjoy this workout, it is definitely not traditional lower body strength work. You really don’t need dumbbells at all but using them will increase the cardio intensity if you are using somewhat heavy ones.

  1. Pulsing squat; add walking forward and back 4 steps while remaining in squat
  2. Step side to side; add sweeping leg across other leg, insole raised toward ceiling (works the inner thigh)
  3. Start doing a wide march then lower into squat while continuing to march; changes to alternating side leg raises while remaining in wide squat (DBs pressed against outside of thighs)
  4. Step tap forward and back; add raising back leg when stepping forward (glute lift); add raising front knee when stepping back
  5. Lower into a narrow lunge w/ most of your weight in front leg and pulse; changes a front kick with back leg then tap back
  6. Lateral skater taps
  7. Start in a curtsy lunge and squat while raising back leg off ground and when you raise up tap toe (but you never raise completely out of squat)
  8. Pulsing wide plie squats

Chair Stretch (12 minutes). This is a nice and thorough stretch. Great to use after any of these walks or any other workout. Equipment: chair. It starts marching in place (slow march), taking deep breaths and reaching arms overhead. Standing cat & cow (hands on thighs, hinged forward). Standing quad stretch holding the chair for balance. Standing hamstring stretch (heel on floor, leg straight, hinged forward at the hips). In split stance w/ back leg straight w/ heel on floor and hips pressed forward. Downward facing dog with hands on seat of chair. Upward facing dog w/ hands on seat of chair. Seated pigeon (sit on edge of chair, ankle crossed over opposite knee, torso hinged forward). Legs are crossed w/ thighs together, do a spinal twist, looking over shoulder w/ back arm over back of chair and other arm pressed against knee to help you twist. With legs together, hinge forward, reaching hands toward feet; reach hand past opposite foot and raise other hand to ceiling, twisting spine. Still seated, open legs wide, and hinge forward, reaching hands to the floor, stretching inner thighs. Eagle arm pose. Sitting w/ legs together again, reach one arm behind back and grip the wrist w/ the other hand, pulling it to stretch the shoulder while dropping ear toward shoulder to stretch the neck. Shoulder circles. Wrist and forearm stretch.

11 thoughts on “Walk On: 10 Minute Quick Walk Mix

  1. Hi there. I decided not to purchase the Walk On 3 DVD Super Set that is $19.98 on Amazon. After watching the preview clip a few more times I just don’t think it’s for me.

    I am considering this one but I’m concerned that you wrote “These are all uncomplicated workouts. I want to say beginner level…”

    I’m not looking for beginner level but I do want to get a nice cardio walking workout where I do feel like I’m exerting myself and maybe, as Jessica would say, have a bit of sparkling going on.

    I want to do at least 30 – 45 minutes at a time and don’t plan to use them as add-ons so I do like that Jessica has the two pre-mixes for 10MQWM.

    Ultimately I think I’m just confusing myself. Jessica, at least for DVDs, has significantly less than Linda from Barlates, but I’m starting to feel overwhelmed by Jessica’s stuff.

    I’m already burnt out on Leslie’s Party Songs DVD that I borrowed from the library. I though I was going to buy it online but decided not too. It was super fun the first few times I did it but again, as I mentioned somewhere else, I just feel like I’m bouncing around and not really getting any (secondary) toning effects. I don’t expect to get toned from cardio but it’s hard to explain what I’m trying to say…… Plus, even though I was not doing it everyday, my knees started to get cranky from some of the HIIT stuff Leslie was doing. I can do the HIIT exercises pain-free but I end up being sore later. Sigh.

    Well, I’ve rambled long enough. Any insight would be much appreciated 🙂

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    1. You can exert yourself more in these workouts by following the more advanced modifier. But she is frequently adding impact. I actually use this collection more than any other non-YouTube Jessica workout. I use these as fitness breaks during my workday. And I am usually perspiring a little by the end of 10 minutes. I really enjoy them. But they are not challenging–unless your fitness level is low. But you don’t have to be challenged to get a good cardio workout. You can also add a weighted vest, ankle weights and/or wrist or hand weights to increase the intensity.

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      1. Speaking of intensity, I want to get wrist weights very much as I want my hands to be completely unencumbered by holding weights while I walk or do a cardio workout. Bala Bangles and Tone-y Bands (same as Bala Bands but maybe not as well designed) are so pricey. I suppose I’ll need to make an in-person visit to a sporting goods store sometime soon so I can look at what’s available — or at least browse the inventory online to see what’s available at my local store.

        I don’t know if I want to be challenged per say, I definitely don’t want to feel exhausted and wiped out afterwards, but I do want to feel like I did something. I would use probably only ever use the pre-mixes on this DVD so I’m getting a 30- or 40-minute workout. Perhaps the length would make it a bit more challenging? (And if I’m recalling correctly I think this workout had an arm toning walking session and I liked that.)

        I was also considering Jessica’s 4 Mile Power Walk but either read here or on Amazon that this particular workout is not as “challenging” as her other walking workouts. I was considering her 15-Minute Flat Blasts DVD but unfortunately (for me at least) the preview clip in her digital store has more of Jessica talking and only just a little bit showing of the actual workout segments. And then I have question marks on quite a few other walking DVDs because I was getting confused.

        I have a “Prevention Fitness Systems” walking DVD with Chris Freytag waiting for me to pick up at my library. I’m looking forward to doing the workout and, of course, want to love it but in a way I hope I don’t because while the TFDVD site has lots of out-of-print DVDs you can buy brand spanking new, this isn’t one of them 😦

        Again, I’m rambling, so I’ll stop typing now 😉

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      2. I know what you mean. There are plenty of days when I want a solid workout but I don’t want to feel wasted afterward. Jessica has a lot of feel good workouts. Workouts where you feel well worked but you also feel good during and after–no muscle failure, you’re not really challenging yourself but you are taking care of your body and you can feel that you are. Does that make sense? I like those kind of workouts, too. Jessica has a lot and Barlates does, too. I think Linda’s Gentle Home Workouts that I’m working through fit into that category.

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      3. Yes!!! That is exactly what I want right now from my workouts. All the words you just said!

        I *think* I have Linda’s Gentle Home Workouts (and one other title of hers) on my TFDVD wishlist. If I’m remembering correctly from the September TFDVD newsletter, I think Linda/Barlates is going to be a featured weekly special possibly beginning on the 20th or 27th. Although I’m not sure if I’m going to purchase, I just don’t know how I feel about DVD-Rs but I suppose I understand why Linda chooses to use them.

        I’m considering now Total Body Balance rather than Feel Good Fusion, but I’m always changing my mind about which Jessica DVDs interest me at any point in time. I so wish my library would acquire some, I know a long time ago I filled out forms requesting many titles (some of which I have zero interest in now as my fling with yoga was extremely brief), maybe someday I’ll get a surprise when I log into my library account and find out they’ve been purchased.

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      4. Both Total Body Balance and Feel Good Fusion are excellent workout collections. I use Feel Good Fusion more than than TBB but that has more to do with the workout times. I do think the strength portion of Feel Good Fusion is more comprehensive than anything in TBB. It is also one of Jessica’s “sneaky” workouts (she has a lot of those) that creep up on you. You do not realize how hard you are working until you are in the midst of it.

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      5. Yes I like the workout duration times better in FGF than TBB, but I think I was reading somewhere (maybe on the Video Fitness Forum site) that FGF has a lot of lunges, cresent poses, and pulsing squats and while I can do these moves pain-free, afterwards, depending on how many there are or how long I held the pose, my knees get sore 😦

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  2. Hello Jen,

    I enjoyed reading about your efforts to get your husband to exercise. If he is a male-chauvinist-pig, as I am, he may enjoy the 2004 Pump It Up workout. It is on Youtube, but there must be issues with the music copyrights because it has been altered on most of the postings. This one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRRhfDlcF9I&list=PLDZpKBYZUY2sr7-ZxIw2vfjEf9g6bzyUx) seems unaltered. At least you can see the routines. The DVD is available on Amazon, but you either need a player that is set for all-region, or know how to program the ones you have. I have four in my house and have successfully changed them all, but I have read that some cannot be re-programed.

    I am now 71 years old (it sneaks up on you) and have been using exercise videos for about forty years, for the same reasons you have mentioned. Though this one is well below my capabilities, I still use it from time-to-time for the eye-candy and the music. I skip the warm-up and consider the first routine my warm-up. That first routine gets too easy after the 9-minute mark, so I then switch to the next routine. That one gets too easy at about the 12-minute mark, so I move on the the next section, which is where you do push-ups, crunches, and the like. I consider the long stretching section to be optional.

    Hope this proves of interest to you.

    Bob

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