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|Hardcore Kickbox Circuit|
Actor: Janis Saffell
Genres: Sports, Exercise & Fitness
Janis Saffell, Guillermo Gomez. This advanced Hardcore Kickbox Circuit will take you through a calorie burning cardio workout with unique upper and lower body sculpting combinations. Let the martial attitude take over and... more »
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Fitness Freak | NJ | 02/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man! Thought this would be another fluff workout but was wrong. Hardcore, but easy to understand. Very well done and I am still breathing heavy from doing it! Martial arts aspect of it was cool too. Buy it, it's worth it."
Fun circuit-style workout alternating kickboxing with toning
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 10/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've enjoyed Janis Saffell's other kickboxing workouts, so I decided to give this one, which she teaches with partner Guillermo Gomez, a try as well. As the name suggests, this is a circuit workout which alternates cardio kickboxing sequences with both weighted and unweighted toning work. Janis and Guillermo switch off instruction of the various segments, with both cueing fairly well (Guillermo sometimes counts in Spanish) and mirroring the viewer. Janis, Guillermo, and their three female background exercisers all wear weighted gloves for the workout.
Guillermo begins the warm-up, introducing each of the four punches (jab, cross, hook, uppercut). He includes both jumping jacks and push-ups, so my heart rate got up there pretty quickly. Janis then takes over with some simple kickboxing choreography which feels very similar to her other videos, particularly the lower body segment of Quick Fix Cardio Kick. The only time I had a little trouble following was when she added a turn sequence, but I just skipped this (no modifications are shown). She transitions very smoothly into the first toning segment, mostly squats without using any weights.
Guillermo is up next. Most of his sequences were performed to the side, which I found kind of different and liked. He builds up his first kick punch combination, practicing this on both sides, then introduces a second kick-punch combination. I was a little thrown off when he combined the two combos--they start of kind of similar, so it's easy to get thrown off--but I was able to pick it up once I realized what he was doing. Next comes the first weights segment using dumbbells (I found that 5# weights were plenty heavy). There are traditional moves such as bicep curls and shoulder raises, but there is a bit of a kickbox flavor added in. My heart rate dipped a bit during both this and the second weighted segment.
Janis returns with another kickboxing sequence; unlike Guillermo, her choreography was front-to-back (without requiring much space). This was quite different, with quick jabs and a hook kick. Again, Janis included some turns, and again, I skipped these. She then does a very short weight segment concentrating on the shoulders. Guillermo returns, teaching the segment the same way as before: he introduces one kick-punch combination, practices it on both sides, teaches a second combo, and then combines the two together (I caught on more quickly this time!). There are some unique moves here as well, including a circle jab and a roundhouse-cross. Guillermo also leads the final toning semgent, which is again unweighted; this short segment includes more squats and slowly performed side kicks.
The cool-down, which is performed entirely on the floor, offers some nice lower body stretches; it finishes in a seated position with some brief neck stretches, bringing the entire workout in at about 52 minutes. The DVD also includes a bonus 10-minute Aikido workout lead by Guillermo. This is performed on the floor, and it's an interesting mix of back-stretches (mostly rolling back from a seated position into a sort of plow pose) and some leg work in the form of seated side and roundhouse kicks; these moves are supposed to add power to your standing kicks. The bonus segment ends rather abruptly with no cool-down. It can be selected off the main menu, which is well-chaptered with the individual workout segments but which does not let you string several segments together for a customized workout.
Overall, this is a nice kickboxing workout that kept me in my target heart rate zone for over 35 minutes. The workout was probably appropriate for low intermediate exercisers (there isn't much discussion of form, so I wouldn't recommend it to someone new to kickboxing), and the choreography is mostly basic, with some twists added in here and there as I mentioned above. I would recommend this workout to anyone who enjoys fun, easy-to-learn kickboxing combinations and doesn't mind a bit of toning work thrown in, and I'd rate it 4 1/2 stars."
Great Cardio Workout
KAVR | 09/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased Hardcore Kickbox Circuit with Janis Saffell because I have another workout DVD by her and I love her. This DVD is no different. She offers a challenging cardio workout with some strength sections built in. Guillermo Gomez is a guest instructor in this DVD and he is wonderful too. The punching/kicking sequences are not too difficult but offer a kick butt workout. You will be sweating the pounds off for approximately 50 minutes and you will be able to feel a difference after a week. If you like kickboxing, this is the workout for you."
Mandolyn | 07/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really like Janis Saffel! She is not annoying in any way and I have always liked how she teaches you as you go along, simply!
She doesnt chatter on and shows you the right technique in kickboxing, for a better effect on your body. This is a great interval workout, with weights inbetween the cardio- light weights too, so if you are wanting heavy weights you can just up your weight- the weight segments are very short but its nice to have that inbetween the cardio- Janis Saffel was the first to introduce me to hook kicks and hook punches- which I didnt like at first because I wasnt very good at it but now with more practice they have become very fun! If you like to kick and jab n punch this one is for you!"