Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Kung Fu Kickboxing Workout|
Actors: Tiffany Chen, Max Chen
Director: James Wvinner
Genres: Sports, Exercise & Fitness
Two champion fighters show you how to bob, weave, punch, and kick your way to a better body Chinese martial arts champions Tiffany and Max Chen share their training secrets in a workout program designed to get you in the b... more »
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Great Kickbox DVD!!
L. Cooper | Youngstown, OH United States | 07/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just rec'd this last week and I can't stop doing it. It's great to add on to a weight workout due to the segments each being 20 minutes. I have been doing weight circuits out of a book that which take me about 45-50 minutes to complete and then I tack on a segment of this to round the workout out to just over an hour.
The production quality is excellent (as is with all Acacia productions I've ever purchased). I love the music on it. It's very different and I recognize some of it from Duncan Wong's Yogic Arts DVD.
I just love Tiffany (she's the is the one that instructs and works out with brother Max). Tiffany has a straightforward ....let's get down to business demeanor. She's really cool. I'd love to see more DVDs from her and Max.
They are both serious in this workout and if you put your "all" into it, you will get a good workout. Keep in mind that the cardio effect of this DVD is broken up a bit by going to the floor for different moves for the abs, pushups, etc. Therefore, it has more of an interval effect.
I have A LOT of kickbox and martial arts workouts and nothing compares to this. I really love it. You must try it. I've never written a review for a product on Amazon (and I buy a lot of exercise DVDs). I really hope they come out with more workouts, as this truly is in a class of it's own. Love it!!!
Too many drills, not enough kicking for my taste!
Fitness Fan | Fullerton, CA USA | 12/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this one based upon all of the 5 star reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately, it's just not for me.
There are a LOT of variations on pushups (which I am Not a fan of) and quite a bit of plyo (also not a fan). I was really hoping for a bit more kickboxing type drills (a la P90X Kenpo X) but this workout seems to be mainly drills, drills, drills of all kinds!
Tiffany seems to be a bit stiff and self-conscious in this workout, and there's no mirror cueing unfortunately. Also, I don't recall hearing any music while doing the drills.
I'm sure this workout is great for building up strength and endurance for better kickboxing, but I didn't find the workout to have any kind of a "fun" factor (like Turbo Jam, my personal fav). If it ain't fun, I just won't do the workout.
If you're looking for high intensity drills/plyos and you don't mind the high impact (or lots of pushups/variations on pushups), then this is the workout for you.
If you like low impact kickboxing with a fun factor and a decent musical beat to workout by, I don't recommend this one."
Great boxing dvd. Not for boxing novices
YogaGirl | san francisco, ca United States | 07/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got this dvd thru netflix. I like to preview before I buy. Haven't done it yet. So here are my comments. When I do it tomorrow, I'll add more:
Setting: Boxing ring
Teachers: Max & Tiffany
DVD layout: There is too brief stretch and an aerobic warm-up, ie boxers footwork that you would do with a jump rope. As the previous reviewer said there are 3 20 minute workouts with increasing difficulty. If you have never taken ANY boxing or kickboxing classes before, do not buy this dvd because I don't think they spend enough time on technique. I know the punches, and kicks from taking boxing classes at Crunch. If you think, well I've done tae bo and I can do this. This workout is much harder than tae bo, in a different way.
In addition to standard punches, there are round house kicks, knee kicks, exercises where you puunch, kick, hit the floor (sprawl) jump back up, switch legs and do it again.
Set 1 is 4 rounds of 3 exercises, 30 seconds each, except round 4 which is the hardest and most cardio intensive. It is fast feet and sprawl about 6 times in a row with 30 second intervals between sets
Set 2 is 4 rounds of 4 exercises, 30 seconds each
Set 3 is 4 rounds of 4(?) exercises done at 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 1 reps whew!!
After each set the dvd automatically goes to the stretch exercises.
Max and Tiffany do the exercises at a fast pace. Tiffany is in voiceover. Max is barefoot, Tiffany wears boxing shoes. She tells you to go at your own pace. The exercises do not match the music. It appears that the music was added after the exercises were recorded, just as background music.
Production: Camera work can be a little funky as it switches back between the two teachers in the middle of a move. Otherwise the production is great.
Personalities: This really doesn't matter to me, but I'll include it because some people care about that sort of thing. Tiffany is quite serious. Max doesn't say much. Both are cut and fit.
When I actually do set 1. I will write more. UPDATE: I did workout 1 this morning and all I have to say is wow!!!!!!!!!! I sweated up a storm in the 20-25 minute set (including warm-up and cool down) I was gasping for air. I can't wait to do this again. Tiffany keeps saying to go at your own pace and not to try to keep up with her and Max. You'll appreciate this advice. This is so much better than tae bo because you don't have to listen to Billy Blanks!!!
If you like boxing or kickboxing and you know how to NOT hurt yourself, then get this dvd.
My Favorite Kickboxing DVD
Yoni | Israel | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a fan of aerobics and most kickboxing workouts , but I do like this one , this is not a choreographed aerobic workout disguised with kickboxing moves ,this is a real kickboxer's workout with different drills and exercises and you don't have to remember complicated moves , but you do need some stamina and core strength as these workouts are tough! there are 3 20 minute workouts in different levels but you can do 2 or all of them together if you'd like ,there's a short warm up segment and a stretch segment. Honestly I found the "the basics" workout harder than "the kicker" probably because it is more cardio intensive than the second one which is mainly different exercises that requires more muscle strength (like alligator pushups)now I do both of them together. I haven't tried "The Killer" yet , but I can't wait to try it soon. The production quality is excellent like all other Acacia DVD's. Highly recommended."