CIA 9902: Kickbutt CombatKeli Roberts
Year Released: 1999
Categories: Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
I guess I will be the lone dissenting opinion on this tape. Keep in mind that I only did it once, but will probably put it on the exchange so I may never do it again. Ordinarily I would probably do it one or two more times before I write a review. While I didn't hate the workout, I just didn't enjoy it all that much. As others have stated, the intensity wasn't really what I expected, but even that wasn't what disappointed me. I just found it boring. Too much jumping rope for my taste, too much focus on punches and not enough on kicks. By the time I actually felt like I was working pretty hard I was more than halfway through the workout (I am at the mid to high end of intermediate level in terms of cardio). Also, considering that this is a 90 minute (almost) total body workout, the missing ab work seems like a pretty glaring omission. I know that's a minor complaint, one I wouldn't care about if I hadn't found the workout uninspiring in the first place. I'm not big on tubing anyway, but thought I would use the cardio and stretch portion of the tape. Actually, the stretch was the only thing I really liked, but not enough to keep the tape. Just for frame of reference, I am in the Tae Bo camp, in spite of its flaws, and prefer it to Power Kicks, but still think Power Kicks is a lot better than Kickbutt Combat. As a matter of fact, I prefer Cory Everson's Kardio Kick to this tape.
I am pretty neutral on Keli. For some reason she just doesn't motivate me all that much. While I'm not wild about her new look, I don't really find it distracting. Her cueing is pretty good, although she does assume that you have some basic kickboxing knowledge (like what a side kick or roundhouse is).