30 Minutes to Fitness: Stepboxing

Kelly Coffey-Meyer
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts , Step Aerobics

Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this workout.

I am an intermediate exerciser who is in her upper 40s and who has two kinds of arthritis - osteoarthritis of the knees and psoriatic arthritis that mainly affects the hands and wrists. Because of the bad knees, I don't do step anymore.

I really, really wanted this workout anyway. One of my favorite cardio workouts is KCM's Cardio Blast. I got it back when did step and really enjoyed it. When my knees went bad, I still used it, but just followed Lauren (and still got a good workout!). Because of that, I assumed that this DVD would be doable and fun for me when it was announced that Lauren would do a modified version on the floor.

And, I'm happy to say, that I was right. I've done both workouts and have begun to do the premixes and have enjoyed it all so far. It's definitely a keeper for me. To me, Kelly leads fun workouts with pretty good cueing. I just have a good time when I am doing these workouts.

In general, the choreography isn't too complex, although it did take me 2-3 times going through a few of the combinations to get the choreography down. By the time she was TIFTing, I generally had it. And, I found the choreography a lot of fun - different and engaging. Lauren once again demonstrates why she is "the best modifier in the business" and it is easy to follow her. She shows good modifications that lead to a solid intermediate workout if you put yourself into it. I couldn't tell you what the music was, but there were points at which I noticed it was motivating and matched the moves well.

The place where Kelly surpasses most of the industry is in her premixes. This one has some good ones with a range of timeframes and emphases. The premixes include:

o Workout 1 with Extra Boxing Drill (40:38)
o Workout 2 with Extra Boxing Drill (40:10)
o Workout 1 with Db Intervals (49:53)
o Workout 2 with Db Intervals (39:11)
o Kickboxing Drills Only (26:30)
o Db Drills Only (23:18)
o Kb and Db Intervals (41:57)
o Kelly's Favorite Compilation (50:34)

Instructor Comments:
I think Kelly keeps getting better and better. She is good and relaxed and fun in this workout.

Laura S.