For the most part I really enjoy Jillian Michaels workouts. They’re easy to do at home with a minimal amount of equipment (yoga mat, dumbbells, and occasionally resistance bands). They’re also quick and to the point. They might not be very long, but you’re working hard every single second. There’s no breaks, just working like crazy.
I’ve tried kickboxing before with a few Tae Bo DVD’s (you can see my reviews of them here). I did Tae Bo Flex a lot while I was in university and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d like Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix (affiliate link) as well. I mean, it’s fun to kick and punch. It makes me feel like I’m tougher and stronger than I actually am. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
Workout 1 on the DVD starts off with a 15 minute tutorial on the different punches and kicks that are done throughout the different workouts. It was extremely helpful to go over each move. I can’t imagine not doing the tutorial – I would have been even more lost than I was. However once the actual workout started I got lost and confused. Jillian would demonstrate each sequence of moves one or twice before she’d stop demonstrating and talk about form. Maybe I’m extremely uncoordinated, but I don’t think I ever had it down that fast. By the time we moved into another group of kicks and punches, I was just beginning to figure out the previous ones. This first workout was an upper body one, so weights were used to add some resistance.
Before I started workout 2, I did the tutorial again. I was determined to do better the second time around. But once again, I had the different components figured out on their own during the tutorial, but when it came time to combine them together I got confused again. While this workout focused on the lower body, there were still lots of punches included. There were lots of squats and lunges added in though in addition to the kicks. It was a tough workout for only being 20 minutes long. If you’re looking for a total body workout I’d combine workouts 1 and 2 together.
Workout 3 focussed on your core. You might expect crunches and planks, but the ab moves were more creative, which I liked. Unfortunately I still got lost throughout this workout. You’d think I’d have it down, but I didn’t. I can’t help but think that I wasn’t the only one who had trouble following along. My abs were burning by the end of the 20 minute workout.
All in all, I’m not sure if I’ll do this DVD again. I spent so much time being confused about which punches and kicks I should have been doing. I think it would have been better and less confusing if they had instead focused on a smaller number of moves. I’d rather do them more often than having too many to try to remember. I know Jillian Michaels has another kickboxing DVD which I’m hoping is better than this one.
Do you like kickboxing?
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