Take 20

Aimee Nicotera
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Athletic Stretch , Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts , Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

Aimee is a new instructor, one I haven’t done before, so I was glad to get this to preview. There are four menu options: Kickboxing, Strength, Recharge, and Play All

I enjoyed the cardio kickboxing; Aimee makes good use of imagery (i.e., when we bob & weave, she tells you to imagine you’re going under a rope and coming back up on the other side.) The opening moves are bob & weave, wide squats, torso twists, then we move into punches: Jabs start slow, go to tempo, then turn into cross punches. She transitions with a jump rope move. She does a combination jab/cross (one side, then the other) before moving to knee lifts and kicks. Next comes side taps that transition to chamber lifts, then side kicks; we repeat it all on the other side. Then comes a combination: Shuffle, double jab, cross, knee lifts that turn into kicks, then she adds a side kick. This was a fun combination, but a real space hog.

One of the nice things I noticed right away is that Aimee mirror cues – YAY!!!

We do our jump-rope transition, then move to squats, hooks (slow, then fast), uppercuts (slow, then fast), followed by the combination: Hook, uppercut, squat, and add a jump “just for fun” – then we do both of combinations.

Time for a quick stretch: cat/cow, low crescent lunge, twist, and child’s pose. The music during this portion was really nice, like bubbling water.

Next up is a new combination: Front & rear taps that transition to front & rear kicks; then jump rope transition to uppercut flurries & hammer down on the right; then uppercut flurries & hammer down on left.

Moving into the final stretch (so to speak), we do slips, side stretches, squats and final stretches.


6 exercises, one minute each, three rounds

Round #1 – slow, no weights (1) squats; (2) traveling pushups (I did regular pushups); (3) reverse lunge; (4) one-arm row; (5) lateral lunges; (6) arms: biceps, front raise, side raise, triceps kickback.

Quick stretch

Round #2 – add weights, go a little faster, some exercises had leg lifted for added balance challenge, or added row. She reminds us that “you can go faster than me or you can go slower.”


Start in corpse pose (which was strange to me), bring knees to chest for back stretch, rock side to side, return feet to floor with bent knees, stretch one leg to ceiling, do some ankle circles, return foot to floor, cross ankle over knee for Figure 4 stretch, arms flat at sides.

Instructor Comments:
I enjoyed Aimee as an instructor and I’m looking forward to more of her workouts!

Debbie J