The workout is very good. There are LOTS of plyometric bits, and TONS of core-strength pilates inspired work in there. It kicked my abs, and I consider my abs to be pretty strong.
The ab stuff was very unique and different from what I usually see, and so it really commanded my full attention and interest. The bootcamp session had its own core strengh workout with really fun stuff, as well as some tough pushup combinations and a bunch of plyometrics.
All in all, I'd give it an A, despite the annoyances of the kickbox section. It wasn't powerstrike, but the routines were pretty decent.
I have a weird ambivalence about her. She comes across as caring and nice, and she is very graceful and strong. But she is SUCH the dancer, that I found it distracting to watch her do the kickboxing stuff. I had to watch the background exercisers who weren't dancy at all. She was annoying in the sense that she shouted out "Ho!" a lot, which is something that always annoys me.
But during the bootcamp she was much better at avoiding the weird sounds, and I loved her during the ab work and stretching. She was soothing and very very good.
This tape is 2 workouts back to back. The first is the kickboxing workout for 35 minutes. It features 3 kickboxing combos, with moderate complexity. Each combo ends with a pylometric jump move. Terri's format takes you through each combination about 4 times. Which is overkill to me. Particularly since these weren't hard combinations to learn. They were however somewhat intense, particularly once you get to the plyometric moves. Her two assistants however, had no clue what she was doing, were not exactly inspiring to look at and were very distracting since they kept making the same mistakes I did. If you do not like your instructor making lots of weird noises (yelling and whooping), then you probably will not like Terri because she does a lot of it. I thought it was appropriate for the moves we were doing though. I love to yell "HUH" when I kickbox!
Next is the bootcamp part....I really like this part. She features several plyometric combos and core strength exercises that are really tough. This portion of the tape is 25 -30 minutes and is very tough, particularly if you have done the entire tape through.
I really liked Terri's style, although I was turned off by it the first time I viewed the tape. The tape will give a great workout with more athletic moves (less choreography).
I would rate the tape a B. I would have given it higher marks if she had better assistants and if she hadn't repeated her kickbox combos so many times.
Terri is very enthusiastic and fun. I am hoping she will make more tapes because her personality is great, her moves are not too complex and she is fun to workout to. Wait until you see how high she jumps on the plyometric moves and kicks her legs during the kickboxing moves. Her flexibility is out of control! Definitely fun to watch (oh I mean copy :) )
This is a CIA Two Workouts In
One video. I am only reviewing
the cardio strike workout.
Although I never do the Boot
Camp (it just seemed *way* too
goofy with all Terri's mock drill
sargeant antics, and the workout
isn't fun enough to overcome
that), I felt I got my money's
worth with the cardio strike
workout. It's a fun, 40-minute
workout of high-intermediate to
There are three combinations;
each one is done twice on each
side. The first begins with a
punch-punch to the front,
backward elbow thrusts and
side-kick lunge that turns into
side-kick knee. Then you add on
a one-two punch plus knee,
shuffle forward, front kick/back
kick and plie back, and a
front-kick going into back lunge
to each corner. I really don't like
this particular move---it's too fast
for the lunge to do anything but
make you lose your balance.
The combo ends with plyo
The second combo includes a
punch-elbow and "soccer kick"
to the front ( I just do a front kick);
a jab-cross-elbow-duck in slow
and double-time, sumo squats
and football shuffles with front
hand blocks. The ending plyo
move here works your inner
thighs a bit.
The final combo involves double
punches to each corner, a
knee smash sequence and then
a pretty tough kick series--front
kick, back kick and front jump
kick, then front and back kicks
leading to jumping jack-side
kicks and a jack-front-back-side
kick combo. The ending plyo is a
Her two background exercisers
struggle a bit, but seem game
and plucky. I kind of like seeing
casts who aren't Amazon-cut
Set looks like an art studio loft.
Music is standard
synchronizes pretty well.
Terri seems to have a dancer's
background and it actually IMO
distorts her kickboxing form a
bit--her kicks look flowy, not
snap-recoil. But I thought the
combos were well put together
and the workout always goes by
pretty fast. Solid 40-minute
I didn't like her at first, but she
kinda grew on me. She does a
lot of "uhs" and "oofs" during the
kickboxing moves, and they can
get kinda grating if you were
paying attention--but the workout
is good enough that I'm not. Her
humor is a little silly but
pleasant. Her voice is husky and
sometimes gets on my nerves,
but not too badly. Cues