Quick Fit: Cardio Strike

Gilad Janklowicz
Year Released: 2001

Categories: Boxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts

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This is a fairly simple kickboxing workout that can be done in around 36 minutes. It is a pretty typical Gilad set up. It is set on a beach in Hawaii and Gilad there are multiple background exercisers behind him. On GLARING difference in this workout - no bikinis! All the exercisers have long black pants on. The music is instrumental and minimal. I don?t think I could even describe it because I paid no attention to it.

On cardio work, I am an intermediate to advanced exerciser who enjoys with complex choreography at some level. I also enjoy my "easier" workouts on those mornings I don't feel like thinking that much. I tend to do more kickboxing during periods of stress in life and it is a good alternative to dancey hi/lo and step workouts.

For me, Gilad is an instructor that I usually either like his workouts a lot or I don't care for them at all. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground. I find his cardio either too high impact and/or too boring. But, I keep trying his workouts because I hope to find a gem among those that I don?t like. I always seem to like HIM as an instructor even when I don't like the workout itself because I find him really motivating.

This workout is comprised of some drills followed by some combinations. He goes through a basic warm up. Then, he goes through kicks and punches. He uses some kickboxing lingo; sometimes, he more describes that he wants you to do. Then, he put together three fairly simple combinations. They are comprised of more punching with a little bit of kicking. The pace is fairly slow for a kickboxing workout. I thought I was going to be bored, and then I enjoyed it because I had time to get all the moves in without a lot of rushing. On this brain dead kind of morning, that was nice. I ended up finding the combinations fun.

He moves around a little, but not a lot of space is needed. He gives good explanations of what he wants you do, but not many kickboxing form pointers, so you need to have an idea of what you are doing. With the slower pace though, you don?t have to be a kickboxing pro. If you are majorly into kickboxing and/or high intensity, you probably would find this workout too basic and slow moving. I will keep this workout for those light days I want to get something in, but don?t have a lot of energy and/or time.

Instructor Comments:
I find him a motivator. I like his descriptive style of leading a workout. His low-key humor doesn't hurt.

Laura S.