Wanted more Kickboxing
C. R. MCDANIEL | 09/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"but what is there is very good. Kelsie Daniels is a superb lead. She cues extremely well. The workout is just under 42 minutes. The warmup is about 5 minutes in length and then the next 27 minutes alternates between sculpting using dumbells and kickbox/cardio combos. I thought each section was well thought out but I wanted more KICKBOXING. The workout concludes with floor work (pushups and abdominals) and then there is the stretch.
I thought the workout went by fairly quickly. My only complaint other than I wanted more kickboxing is the editing. The transistion between the different segments was noticable. Also, one of my pet peeves is not showing the instructor when she is cueing a new move. This happen twice.
All in all, I really liked the workout."
Fun, non-stop cardio workout!
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 11/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This new workout from The Firm is designed to be a fat-burning routine which blends kickboxing and sculpting intervals. It is led by Kelsie Daniels, an instructor who has been a favorite of mine since back when she worked with Firm founder Anna Benson on the original FitPrime series. The only equipment you need for the workout is a set of dumbbells; Kelsie cues you to use "medium to heavy" weights, but I found that sticking with 5-pound dumbbells throughout was challenging yet allowed me to focus mainly on the cardio benefits of the moves. The workout is filmed on a nice, bright set, with big windows in the background overlooking what appears to be a building courtyard. Kelsie is joined by four background exercisers, one of whom shows lower-impact modifications.
Kelsie gets you moving right away with an fast-paced warm-up that includes punches and active stretches; the warm-up lasts just under 5 minutes, and you are moving the entire time. The first weighted series follows. This segment begins with a squat/hammer curl combo, eventually adding a kick and then moving into a lunge with back kick. The squat series is repeated on the other side and then the section finishes with some push-ups which include punches. Next is the first kickboxing segment. Kelsie builds up a fun combo in an add-on style; eventually, you'll do a jab-cross-hook-upper-knee-front kick-back kick-front kick, with the combination itself automatically moving you from one side to the other. A second series using the weights follows, starting with dips and shoulder press, adding in a glute lift. The next move is a crescent knee with opposite knee raise and side twist, and finally, there is a 1-legged squat with tricep kickback. Then it's on to another fun kickboxing segment, starting with a side-to-side shuffle and three punches on each side. After this, there's a dip with a knee lift that turns into an optional jump kick, and finally, a series of side kicks. The final weights work follows, this time starting out with side lunges and triceps, eventually adding a roundhouse kick and then ending with a 1-armed row. The segment concludes with another compound move, curtsy dips with side laterals, and a final balance move, side laterals while balancing on one leg.
At this point, the workout moves to the floor for push-ups and abs work. I question the decision of The Firm to include this segment in a shorter workout like this one; I think it would've made much more sense to use the time for an additional kickboxing segment. This section begins with a very short plank work series and then moves on to crunches, some of which were new an different, such as doing punches during bicycles. Overall, however, this entire segment was less than 5 minutes long, so it didn't seem all that worthwhile. The 5-minute cool-down is performed entirely on the floor, and it included some very nice stretches for the hamstrings, quads, and hips, all of which were definitely needed after the lower body emphasis of this workout. The total time for the workout was about 42 minutes. The workout also includes a bonus segment called "Every Muscle in 5 Minutes!" It's actually just under 6 minutes long, and it features Kelsie working out alone. She opens with a fast-moving lunge from side-to-side, adding on several sets of push-ups. Next comes a back dip with an overhead press and then a front lunge with a row; this is repeated to the other side. Finally, she finishes off with a slow side-to-side lunge to stretch. As might be expected, this short segment felt kind of rushed, and I'm not sure that it really added anything to the overall workout.
Despite my ambivalence towards the floorwork and bonus workout, I really enjoyed the main body of this workout! Kelsie keeps you moving non-stop, so even the weighted segments felt more like cardio work to me. I found the music to be much more fun and upbeat than in other Firm offerings, and I was also impressed that this DVD is actually chaptered, something you almost NEVER see from the FIRM! Although there are a few things that I think could have been done better, overall, I'm very happy with this workout and know that I will use it often; my final rating would be 4 1/2 stars."
One of the best!
CM | NY | 09/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have many firm videos and this is by far one of the best. Kelsie is a great instrucor and motivating in a good way. The moves arent too complicated and you work so many muscles. I would definately recommend this one!"
Really fun but too short!
J. Horn | St. Louis, MO | 09/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just did this workout today for the first time. What a fun workout! My biggest complaint is that it's too short. I definitely could have kept going.
Kelsie is very motivating and she's good at cueing. She did kind of annoy me by saying "I need you to do this..." over and over. But it wasn't too bad. The camera work is kind of off a couple of times...focusing on the beginner moves while Kelsie is doing the advanced moves, very obvious transitions, etc. I suggest that you keep moving after each segment because there's a good 4-5 second pause between each one.
The kickboxing segments are really fun. Again, I wish there were more. I used 10 pound weights for the weight training segments and that was quite a challenge. I really liked the ab segement as well, and I'm not always a huge fan of those. I highly recommend this workout. I know it's going to become a regular in my rotation!"