Walk And Kick

Leslie Sansone
Year Released: 2001

Categories: Walking Aerobics

I am a high intermediate exerciser, and I have the other video in this series, Walk and Jog. Although I was interested in Walk and Kick as well--I love kickboxing--I was a little hesitant to try it, as I was concerned that the intensity level might be lower than Walk and Jog. As it turned out, this was not the case, at least not when you look at the overall workout.

Like Walk and Jog, Walk and Kick is done in an interval style: after a walking warm-up, Leslie leads you through several minutes of faster walking, and then she goes into a few minutes of kickboxing moves. During the latter, the pace actually slows down a bit so that you can focus on executing the punches and kicks (whereas in Walk and Jog, the pace speeds up during the jogs). However, the walking periods were quite brisk, and the kickboxing segments, while slower, were still intense, so my heart rate stayed elevated in my target zone for virtually the entire workout. The walking segments utilize all of Leslie's signature moves--march, side step, knee up, low kicks--and the kickboxing segments add variety with jabs, crosses, uppercuts, and front/back kicks. Leslie also puts together some VERY simple kickboxing combinations, such as 4 knee lifts/2 side jabs and a front/back kick series.

Although the most advanced exercisers (and serious kickboxers as well) might not get much from this video, I think it will be perfect for when I want a workout that's a bit lighter but still substantial. More beginning exercisers should find it easy enough to follow along and to modify if needed by performing the moves smaller and/or slower. The total workout time is 31 minutes, making this a time-efficient, doable, and enjoyable workout.

Instructor Comments:
Leslie's chattiness does sometimes get on my nerves a bit, but I thought she was okay here (however, I've only done the video once so far!). I did notice that she repeats several things from other videos, including mentioning talking about living "100 years" and saying that this wasn't a "sissy" workout. She works out here with four of her regular background exercisers (including Mary Kay and Beth) in the same courtyard-type setting she used for Walk and Jog.

Beth C (aka toaster)