2007, $2.00, at Out of the Closet Superstore in Glassell Park

First Impression: I just realized that Leslie Sansone is the lost Mandrell Sister.

Second Impression: “And Leslie… on the tambourine!”

After Leslie Sansone’s previous two home walking videos, and Denise Austin’s path through a Surrealist nightmare, you would think there would be no new “ground” to cover. Well, think again, Gentle Reader.

This video features soft hand weights that can be worn as wristlets, in contrast to the one pound blue balls cupped by each participant in Walk Away The Pounds.

And instead of remaining on her mark throughout the 45-minute workout, Leslie seems to have acquired a bit of wanderlust. She migrates around the set, cutely side-scooting up to different participants to say hello as they walk, walk, walk in place. She does seem genuinely personable and friendly, even though I admit I can only get through this routine with the sound off, while I listen to a podcast.

Leslie expertly rallys her rag-tag team of walkers, getting you up in front of your couch instead of sitting upon it. She will help you burn fat in the privacy of your own home. Or to quote the DVD cover, “You can POWER WALK at Home!!” Home, capitalized, is a restaurant in Silverlake, but I don’t think that’s what she means.

I wonder where else it would be socially acceptable to perform a stationary Power Walk. I picture Leslie walking in place in front of a lion’s enclosure at the zoo. She has on the zebra-striped jacket she wears on the cover. The lion licks his chops in anticipation. He becomes frustrated when the perky zebra doesn’t get any closer. The lion crouches and springs at his prey, but his fearsome teeth only meet with the plexiglass wall of his grant-funded habitat. There they remain, the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object.



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