Cardio Kickboxing

Jeanette Jenkins
Year Released: 2012

Categories: Abs/Core , Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts

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This is a fun “drill-style” kickboxing workout. Jeanette has two backgrounders, Tanya and Kerri Ann, both of whom I am familiar from other workouts. The warm-up is a nice, long ten minutes and consists of jabs, crosses, hooks, uppercuts, jogs, jacks, and a brief stretch. It was a perfect way to review the punches while getting the muscles warm and ready for more. The first section is Power Punch (7 minutes) where we did jabs, triple jabs, plies, plies with jabs, uppercuts, uppercut flurries, front kicks, and front kicks with a floor touch. Side Kick City (11 minutes) begins with repeater knee lifts, knee/jab/crosses, sidekicks, quick jabs, speedbags, hook/jab/crosses, and front kick/side kick moves. Jeanette did a lot of “adding on”, but no TIFT’ing. Round House Power (12 minutes) began with tap-outs, then added jab/cross/jabs, moved into roundhouses and added jab/cross/jabs; and finally reverse lunges with front kicks and side leg lifts. The Knockout Round was next, with jab/jab/cross/knee/roundhouse, then repeater knees, followed by knee/knee/knee/jab/cross, jab/jab/cross, hook/hook/uppercut, then an elbow-to-opposite-knee move. Ring the Bell Mat begins at about the 50 minute mark; this would be a good place to fast-forward to the cool down if you’re short on time. The “mat” work starts off with standing upper body work before moving down to the mat to work our legs, thighs, and upper body (again.) Champion Abs (15 minutes) is next, beginning with a sort of boat-to-teaser move, and moving to variations of crunches, obliques, planks, and other core/back work. The stretch was very relaxing: straddle stretch, spinal twist, seated forward bend, etc. – just perfect after all that terrific total body workout!

I really enjoyed the energy and feel of this workout. The music was great, as well – I recognized an instrumental version of “Relax” (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) during the mat portion, and nice, flute-type music during the stretch.

Instructor Comments:
Jeanette was engaging and gave excellent form pointers throughout the workout.

Debbie J