If you are not too crazy about kickboxing tapes by Janis Saffel or Keli Roberts, and do enjoy Power Kicks, you will love Franny's tape. The warm-up is a long 14 minutes (which I skip) and the workout itself, all in cardio pumping zone, is 44 minutes. Some of the moves are: rapid fire kicks, roundhouse, sparing with a partner (which you can do solo), grapevine with two side kicks followed by four squats with a bunny hop move that will kill your thighs (you will wonder why no one else ever thought of this move before). The bunny hop is a squat where you don't get up, but just hop a few times, then move back one leg at a time still in the squat - you won't believe it. That move comes up twice in the video. After 36 minutes, Franny does a 7 minute routine that will kill you - jump rope move in place, followed by jump squats, the infamous bunny hops and jumping jacks. By the end of this tape you will be sweating. The cool-down is very short, no more than 3 minutes. Then Franny talks for about 30 minutes about the tape (I didn't listen to this part). I highly recommend this tape. I was only familiar with the music from MIC hi/lo in the beginning of the workout. Remember, the Sara City tapes are not high quality. Franny uses a head microphone, so you hear her very clearly, and the music isn't super loud like on CIA tapes. I didn't notice any of the drawbacks while doing the tape, I was too busy breathing.
Instructor comments: Franny outshines most other fitness stars. Her workouts never let you down if you are looking for challenging tapes.
Instructor Comments: Besides Franny's many other talents, she's also a great kickboxer!
I'm in the Aaron Lankford/Tae Bo camp as far as kickboxing goes -- I don't like my kickboxing to be choreographed (no combinations) -- I want to do the punches/kicks and move on. I find kickboxing combos to be extremely difficult to remember for some reason, and so trying to do a tape like Janis Saffell's, for example, is an exercise in frustration. Franny's kickboxing is a medium in between Aaron and Janis. She doesn't use long, elaborate combinations like Janis; but on the other hand, she does a lot more than Aaron or Billy Blanks. I've decided to stick with Aaron and Billy, but that is my own personal preference -- this is a great workout. Franny teaches and cues extremely well, and she keeps the intensity up. So even though it's not for me, I know a lot of people will love this. Perhaps if you like the idea behind Janis' tapes, but found her a little too complex, this might be just the thing for you. Grade A.