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|Quickfix - Total Cardio Kick|
Actor: Janis Saffell
Director: Andrea Ambandos
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Quickfix - Total Cardio Kick [DVD] (2004) Janis Saffell; Andrea Ambandos
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Missy B. (missindependent) from S WILLIAMSPRT, PA
Reviewed on 8/13/2009...
This was a great beginner kickboxing workout for me. I am now at an intermediate level and have progressed forward but I think for someone who wants to start out in kickboxing this is great. Janis is a great workout leader as well. She isn't too irritating and cues well.
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10 Minute Kickboxing Segments Are Part Cardio, Part Toning
blueyed puella | CT, USA | 09/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Workout Description: four 10 minute aerobic segments w/ toning ("Focused Upper Body," "Focused Lower Body," "Cardio Kickbox Core," and "Kickbox Blaster"). N.B. The fourth segment is only available on the DVD.
Workout Level: mid-beginner to mid-intermediate; can be modified to be low or high impact; basic choreography
Instructor: Janis Saffell (certified personal trainer; IDEA World Fitness Presenter; and USGF certified Gymnastic Coach/Judge.). Janis is low key and friendly but not unnecessarily chatty. She cues well, focusing on form. She intends for you to mirror her movements.
Class: 2 young women wearing brightly colored outfits designed by Janis that show quite a bit of cleavage.
Music / Set: The beat-heavy synthesizer music is fairly typical exercise video stuff. The bright interior set with hardwood floors has minimal decoration.
Equipment Needed: sneakers
Caveats: If you are working out on carpet, be careful with your foot placement, particularly during the many small pivots; you may want to pick up your foot and step rather than turning. Pay attention to your form. Prior kickboxing or martial arts experience is helpful but not necessary. If possible, take a kickboxing class or work with someone experienced in martial arts to make sure you are performing the moves properly. If you can't, borrow one of the TaeBo instructional videos. There is very little warm up or cool down with each segment. Beginners especially should take care to warm up (perhaps by marching in place), and you'll want to do additional stretching when you stop.
Additional Comments: You need a bit of space for this workout. You should be able to take a small step and then fully kick to each side and to the front.
The QuickFix series are great for squeezing in 10 minutes here or there. (In fact, some recent studies have suggested that spreading out your exercise time is as effective, if not more so, than doing it all at once.) If you'd like to do more than one segment, you may want to skip the cool down minute and march in place or do a boxer shuffle or jumping jacks to keep your heart rate up. The "Kickbox Blaster" sequence is the most intense segment, so I would recommend doing that after rather than before the other segments. You probably won't get much toning from this video unless you don't normally do strength workouts, so you can consider this a cardio video. Intermediate exercisers can increase the intensity by doing more boxer shuffles or jumping jacks, which seems to make up much of the cardio emphasis.
This workout is comparable in intensity to any of the TaeBo Basic series, but Janis includes more combinations than Billy Blanks usually does. Janis also cues better than Billy Blanks and, due to her slower combinations, allows you to focus on form. If you like Janis, check out her Hardcore Kickbox Circuit once you've completely mastered this routine.
The DVD has the extra bonus workout, which you have to go back to the main menu to select (under "Bonus"). There is also a weblink to Current Video, the company that produces the QuickFix series."
Four short, fun kickboxing workouts
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 07/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've had my eye on this DVD for quite awhile now; I really enjoy kickboxing, but I was looking for a video that would help me squeeze in a short cardio workout when I didn't have time for a longer kickboxing session. This DVD fits the bill perfectly: with the bonus workout, you get 4 10-minute routines which work well alone or combined for an even more complete workout.
The first routine, Focused Upper Body, concentrates on punches. Instructor Janis Saffell starts slowly as she introduces each move, but the pace quickly picks up, and by the end of this segment, you'll be doing some double-time moves as well as some simple but fun punch combinations. The second routine, Focused Lower Body, is just the opposite in that it is all kicks, no punches. The kicks included in this segment are the front kick, the side kick, the roundhouse kick, and hip circles, a preparation for the hook kick (which she does not actually do). Again, the pace increases over time, and you end with basic combination moves. Workout #3 is called Cardio Kickbox Core, and it focuses on standing toning moves for the abdominal and back area. On the one hand, I was a little disappointed that this segment moves too slowly to really be cardio, but on the other, I thought it was an excellent core toning workout, with plenty of standing crunches, twists, and knee lifts. The Bonus routine combines all of the above--a mix of punches, kicks, and twists which provide you with an excellent cardio workout.
Janis Saffell is a great instructor: her movements are clear and her form is always precise. She cues well, although I thought she spent a little too much time doing the moves at a slower pace --I was ready to pick it up after only 1-2 slow reps. She and the two background exercisers all have wonderfully strong, toned physiques. One of the background exercisers shows low-impact modifications for the few high impact moves (eg, occasional jumping jacks). Although I believe that this video is marketed to beginners, I think it would be more appropriate for those who have at least a little prior experience with kickboxing, as little time is spent explaining proper form. I think that advanced beginners and intermediates will thoroughly enjoy these workouts, and overall, I give the DVD 4 1/2 stars."
Perfect for all levels of fitness.. and the price is right!
Laura I | Fairchild AFB, WA | 06/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been doing structured exercise for about 10 years, I'm fit and toned and consider myself near advanced level. I wanted a good cardio workout and I found it with this video. This is definitely the best cardio workout video I have ever used.
There are 4, 10 minute workouts. One for lower body, one for abs, one for upper body and the bonus workout is sort of like a combination of all three only more intense.
During each segment one of the instructors shows you how to do a less intense version of the workouts if you're a beginner. If you're just starting out with exercise, maybe only do one segment , following the modified, easier version. Then build your way up to intermediate being able to do all 40 minutes, but following the easier instructor. Once at advanced, do the 40 minutes the harder way. I suppose that if you're really advanced you might want to strap on some ankle and wrist weights, and maybe repeat the first and last workout so you get a whole hour long workout.
I do this workout for my cardio, and then the next day I do the 10 minute solutions: Pilates video for my strength training and flexibility. It's important to do both cardio and strength training so that you don't lose muscle mass along with the fat."