CIA 9902: Kickbutt Combat

Keli Roberts
Year Released: 1999

Categories: Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

This is a fun, interesting video, but like many other VFers I am disappointed with the pace and intensity. If you counted the number of punches and kicks, especially kicks, I bet it would be less than even the 30 minute kickbox section of 9702. Even using a jump rope, I didn't feel as though I was working as hard as I usually do when kickboxing. I think the reason for this is there is just not enough kicking or combo work.

I'm all for tapes that focus on upper body since so many focus mainly on lower body, but I felt this tape was lopsided in the toning. Just as claimed, Keli just focused on building muscles for kickboxing, lots of shoulder focus, where I prefer my wt work to be more well rounded, more biceps, chest and triceps would have made this section work better for me.

What I thought was different and good about this tape - Keli stays on one side through several series of moves which helps build up endurance in those arm muscles. The sculpting was very interesting, but I did it with weights. The wts would be good for increasing endurance. The reaction to this tape seems pretty varied, so its hard to target the audience I think would love it. However, if you are doing power kicks and advanced tae bo, I think this tape might be too easy for you.

This is a tape I put on the exchange, however, its one of those that you'd only trade for a great deal. If I don't trade it, I won't be unhappy to keep it.

My kickboxing ratings for reference: Power Kicks, CIA 9809, CIA 9702, CIA 9902, Kick Butt with Badrino, Stephanie Steel. Frannie's new tape is right behind Power Kicks but is a Hi/lo tape NOT a kickboxing tape.

Instructor Comments:
Keli is very good on this video. I've tried several of her videos and have not cared for them, since they seemed to be more of the "celebrity/supermodel" type workout. I didn't get that feeling from this tape. This woman also can move in an unbelievable way, when she's doing her boxer shuffle, she reminds me of a cartoon depiction of a catburglar, how they move in quick but quiet tiptoey way. (I hope that make some sense).