CIA 9902: Kickbutt Combat

Keli Roberts
Year Released: 1999

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

Probably everyone is familiar with this tape by now, but I thought I'd review it because I've come to appreciate it in new ways. In brief, this tape is a keeper. You can come back to it over time, and it works beautifully in combination with some other favorite tapes. (Also, Keli's form is excellent -- put the tape on fast forward, and you can see how she moves through planes. I am a big Keli R fan. She's on my topmost shelf of god athletes along with Franny, Joyner Kersey and a few other track and field folks)

This is one of the best intros to using kicks, punches and jump rope segments in a cardio. If you are already an advanced kickboxer, then while she's building moves, you can simply start the real sequence or do more elaborate sequences. The cardio segment is a bit longer than stated -- about 43 minutes, and if you work at your own level, this is still a good w/o even two years after the fact.

Over the long term, though, the real beauty of the tape is in conditioning and stretch. The body conditioning is 20+ minutes with resistence tubing, and it is superb! I bought three strengths of spri tubes, which are quite inexpensive, and when the green spri became too easy, I went to the blue. Again, a w/o to grow with. Finally, I use the stretch once a week, whatever tape I start with.

This past summer, I kept 9902 cued to the start of the conditioning. I'd run or do a tape (Jump & Jab or PowerKicks works well for me) and then finish with CIA 9902 conditioning and stretch. Great combo.

Brava, Keli.

Beth Simon