Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The New Method 20/20 - Cardio Kick|
Actor: Tracey Mallett
Genres: Kids & Family, Exercise & Fitness
These two 20-minutes sets are led by instructor Tracey Mallet, whose style invigorating style is both inspiring and annoying. She begins her "Toning Cardio" segment with some energizing yoga and karate blocks. Flanked by t... more »
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Guess I'm in the minority
dnk | Boston, MA United States | 07/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really like this DVD. However, I bought this after it (and the Cardio Bootcamp DVD) had been out for a while, so I knew there would be some overlap. I opted to get Jab Kick and Burn and this DVD instead of Cardio Bootcamp. (There is no overlap between this and Jab Kick and Burn.) Just want to add that I sympathize with those who have "extra" footage of something they already own- nothing is more annoying than spending your hard-earned dollars on the same thing twice!
As for the workouts themselves, I think they're a great mix. The first workout is more interval style. After a warmup with some yoga and modern dance moves as well as some jabs and punches, we move onto a brief Pilates Standing Sculpting Series using light weights. We hit biceps, triceps, shoulders, back and chest. You are in zero danger of building large muscles or significantly upping your strength, but as with almost all Pilates exercises, it helps you work your powerhouse (as well as target some of your extremities). Then onto punches, kicks and jacks. I didn't take detailed notes, but there were more punches and gallops than kicks.
The next workout has no weights and has more calisthenics: pushups, jacks, lunges, squats and imaginary jump-rope drills. There are some areas of noticeable choreography, but this felt even less dancy than the first workout (and overall, this tape was less dancy than Jab Kick and Burn), so even the choreography-challenged (like myself) won't suffer too much here. However, the impact and lunges are probably going to make your knees talk if they are already so inclined.
The cooldowns focus on Flexibility and Core Strength (a modified Pilates mat workout). I have a regular Pilates and Yoga practice, so I don't do these. Tracey Mallet- it seems like you love her or hate her. I really enjoy her energy, which seems appropriate for a high-intensity cardio workout. But if you didn't like her before, you won't like her better now.
Overall, these are well-done cardio workouts for people who like short bursts of kickboxing and calisthenics tied together with a little dance sensibility. But if you're a very serious kickboxing or "boot camp" enthusiast, these may not be your cup of tea."
Same segment as Cardio Boot Camp!
dnk | 06/28/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"FYI... If you have the Cardio Boot Camp dvd, you already have 50% of the workout on Cardio Kick. The first of the 2-20 minute segments is hardly heart pumping. The second segment is THE first segment on Cardio Boot Camp. I feel totally ripped off."
Good for beginners
Ms. Tanya Auger | Regina, Saskatchewan Canada | 06/02/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hope you have lots of room in your living room. I had a bit of trouble with the second 20 minute video. You need a bit more space cause they do steps going right to left. They aren't hard, just I have a small space to work out in. She is energetic, but I found that you're just getting your heart rate up and they start to do the cool down. I also found that the cool down moves would be difficult for someone who just got over an injury or is overweight. So, buyer beware on this one."