Forza The Samurai Sword WorkoutIlaria Montagnani
Year Released: 2000
Categories: Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts
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I really wanted to like this tape. I really really really wanted to love it. I love my sword, I love the IDEA of sword tapes.. but this tape is really poorly made. I am not a stickler for high production quality, or fancy sets, etc.. but this drove me nuts. There were all these wierd "breaks" where the screen would blank out for a second and the scene would sort of start in a slightly different spot. I'm sure this was intentional, but I found it really irritating. Then there was the wierd freeze-motion stuff at the end.
Overall - I couldn't really see her full body and had to rely ont he class to help me with form. This was donei n a gym class -and I could barely hear Ilaria speak.
Having said that, will I keep the tape? Yes. I like the workout and I just need to really learn all the different moves. It will take longer than it would have, if this had been a professional production with form pointers and full body shots, but I think I can learn it. I do NOT recommend this tape for beginners because you really need to understand a lot about core stability and basic form pointers to avoid injury in this tape.
What do I like about this tape? The workout IS fun! Once I get allt he moves, it will be great! I liked the music, but more importantly, I saw the potential of lots of fun in getting my abs and arms in great shape without resorting to weights or crunches (which I also do).
More and more, I enjoy workouts that employ full body movements to exercise my body parts.. that is why i'm drawn to kickboxing cardio , and now this type of workout. I feel as if it really will whip me into shape.
Summary: Not for exercise-newbies. Recommend to people who have a high tolerance for the irritating points I mentioned, andw ho really really like the idea of sword training (like me). If you have wrist problems, bear in mind this tape puts a lot of strain on them due to holding the sword for so long. I also recommend watching this tape before doing it, and maybe even using a dowel or exerbar to do the moves before moving to the 3lb sword, just to get the moves recorded into your neural pathways.
VERY buff, shows great form. Not perky.. not dull - just business like, which is fine by me. Doesn't really give detailed form pointers, but clearly knows what she is doing. I really wish she would put a form pointer tape out. I'd definitely buy it.