Calorie Burning Workout. Traditional Upper & Lower Body Combinations. — This advanced Kickbox Strike Zone DVD provides a calorie burning workout with traditional upper and lower body combinations. you will gain speed, bala... more »nce and coordination while focusing on the art of your "strike zone" by using focus targets. Grab your handgrips and a partner or go solo and develop strength and proficiency with killer kickbox drills. Janis is known world-wide for her innovative workouts and presentations. She is accredited by AFAA, ACE, NASM and AAA/I. She is a featured star of ESPN 2,and star of 19 top-rated fitness videos. She is also the sports wear designer for Couture Active Wear. Janis Saffell is Fitness expert for QVC, Shape, Fitness, Self, and Fit magazines.
"When I first started doing kickboxing, I had trouble finding kickboxing videos that I really enjoyed. Some were two hi-low aerobics-oriented, others have lacked fun variations and kick-punch combos, and still others contained too mainly elements I didn't want (eg, the floor work in most Tae Bo videos). However, with Janis Saffell's Kickbox Strike Zone, I may have finally found a near-perfect kickboxing video. What I liked so much about this workout is that it's pure kickboxing: regardless of whether you're warming up, doing cardio, or focusing on toning, you're always combining punches and kicks. In addition, although the video provides an excellent, sustained cardio workout, there is virtually no jumping, so it is almost completely low impact. Furthermore, the workout is great for those (like myself) who have trouble following complicated choreography, as the moves are very simple: most of the time, you are moving either your upper OR your lower body rather than trying to coordinate both together. Also, Janis introduces new moves at a slightly slower pace before picking up the intensity.
The workout begins with a 5 minute warmup. In this section, you move through slower-paced kicks, knee raises, lunges, and just a few push-ups. Next comes the kickboxing cardio section, which totals about 20 minutes. In this segment, you begin by focusing mainly on punches with a few kicks and knee raises thrown in, but eventually, you concentrate more on kicks, including front, back, side, roundhouse, and hook (which is rarely included in kickboxing videos). Jumping jacks are added inbetween some of the moves, but you can easily substitute marching if you want to keep the workout completely low-impact. The cardio work ends with a few squats to provide additional toning benefits. The next segment consists of 16 minutes of kickboxing drills. These are performed using a partner who is holding a target; I simply imagined a target, and not having a partner just meant that I repeated each routine to double my workout. I really enjoyed this section, as it provided a great opportunity to intently focus on my form for both my punches and my kicks (there are no combinations in this section). Following the drills, there is an additional 10 minutes of standing toning work, mainly knee lifts and squats combined with punches and kicks. The workout ends with a 5 minute Tai Chi stretch for a total running time of 56 minutes.
Although I think that those new to kickboxing would be able to follow along with this workout, I would recommend starting with a more teaching-oriented video (such as Kathy Smith's Kickboxing Workout) and then moving on to this one as soon as you know the basics. However, I find Janis Saffell to be an excellent instructor; she offers great form reminders and models flawless form herself. She and the 8 background exercisers really look like they are enjoying themselves and getting into the workout. They all use 1-lb. weighted gloves during the workout (with the exception of the warmup, drills, and cool-down sections), and I am able keep up fine wearing my own 1-lb. gloves.
I'm confident that I will continue to use this video frequently over time to provide me with a great cardio AND toning workout. Highly recommended!"
B. Pennant | United Kingdom | 09/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of my favourite kickboxing workout Janis uses punches, and kicks to really get your heart rate up and then comes a short toning section with kicks and punches followed by a class for practicing punches and kicks. A light tai chi based cooldown ends the workout.
This is great workout for those who have some kickboxing experience or a lighter workout for the more advanced kickboxer. I love Janis style and she has a great teaching technique.
A well cued workout."
Another great Janis Saffell Workout!
M. Black | Chicago, IL United States | 10/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, that's all I can say! I am an avid home workout person for several years and this video kicked my butt (and back from all the hooks and jabs)! I just recently discovered Janis Saffell and I am so impressed with what a great job she does in cueing and putting together an excellent workout. I started with her Brand New Butt and More video and added the Hardcore Kickbox, Tai Chi Balanced Workout and Strike Zone. Strike Zone I felt was the hardest workout and most difficult, being new to kickbox. I would highly recommend Janis' videos, particularly this one. Despite my dedication to Minna Lessig's videos, Denise Austin's Personal Training and the Bar Method (all of which I think are great), I really like the results I am seeing in my legs and elsewhere from Janis Saffell. Five stars!!"
Good strength training!!
Mandolyn | 07/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd is excellent for those out there who like kickboxing and want to really learn how to master kicks. There are 3 segments in this workout- all which have intervals of cardio, but a lot of balancing and strength is in this one! You start out with basic kickboxing with some cardio mixed in- then the 2nd segment is all drills- they use paddles in this one with partners but you can do this alone, and its actually nice doing it alone because you get to do each kick and punch TWICE- you really feel your obliques in this one, with all the kicks from roundhouse kicks, to hook kicks and front kicks- along with uppercuts, hooks, and punches- I really felt the sweat with this one. The last segment is more low impact cardio, mainly bobs and weaves and LOTS of squats- and side leg lifts to tone your outer thighs- slow back kicks to tone your butt- I find that slower paced kickboxing gives you better results because you can really focus on those muscles and feel the burn!"
Fun and Effective
SZA | Pennington Gap, VA | 06/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been excercising regularly for some time, but have started kick-boxing quite recently. I really enjoyed Kelly Roberts' 10-minute solution kickboxing but found that even with the whole workout done together, I wasn't getting a sustained cardiovascular component--I definitely got my sustained cardio with the Strike Zone! I find this workout lots of fun with no annoying aspects to it. In a way, I almost wish I could do the kickboxing drills before the cardio segment because the technique is very well explained there, but other than that, I have no reservations. Except for advanced kickboxers, I think most folks will get a good workout with Strike Zone--I hope to see myself drop a few pounds over the next few weeks!!"