Michael Olajide, Kathy Smith
Year Released: 1994

Categories: Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts

This video is very innovative incorporating boxing moves into a fun workout! Kathy is basically following Michael's lead, adding just a few hints on form and reps. I thoroughly enjoy Michael's style and personality which exude motivation. There is also an obvious rapport with Michael, Kathy and the rest of the workout crew.

It starts off with an excellent instruction time with Michael and Kathy performing each move (upper cuts, jabs, power punches, hooks, etc.) and discussing correct form. The workout is broken down into 8 sections: the warm-up (great stretches! - about 5 minutes), stationary boxing (which focuses primarily on arm moves), the stick and move section (combining arm & leg boxing movements), 3 jumprope sections which get progessively more challenging, the cool-down (with a few more stick and moves included - about 5 minutes) and stretches. The production of this video is excellent with funky camera angles while switching between color and black and white photography. The set is very hip and the outfits that each member of the workout team fits well with the boxing theme. This is a great video for you if you want to try something different and aren't too concerned about getting every move perfect. I did this video regularly for 1 1/2 years and never quite got all of the timing of some of the moves right (you'll notice that Kathy had difficulty too!). I was also never able to get coordinated to use a jumprope at all. Despite these details, I was still able to get a decent cardiovascular workout and learn some moves that I will put into practice if I'm ever in a self-defense situation. This is not one of the videos I use regularly now, but it sure is a blast.

Rachelle Trigueros