Ilaria’s PowerStrike Kickboxing Vol 6

Ilaria’s PowerStrike Kickboxing Volume 6 is a 49 minute heart pumping workout that contains drills of kicks, punches and then kick/punch combinations. Named one of the top fitness gurus in the city by New York Magazine, Ilaria leads with confidence, ease and encouragement. This was my first Ilaria’s workout and it won’t be my last.

I’ve done some other kickboxing workouts before but none of them have come close to the quality of Ilaria’s workout. While she’s easy to follow, it took me a few times through to get all the combos down. So, don’t give up.

You’ll start with a sequence of punches. Be sure to have water nearby, you’ll need it. Next, you’ll go through a sequence of kicks. Make sure you have a towel nearby. Then you’ll finish by putting it all together mega-calorie combo of kicks and punches. Yeah, you’ll need more water.

Her transitions are well cued. The moves are simple, no complicated sequences. She keeps it straight forward kickboxing with no dangerous moves. The music is good and fits the workout. The production value is good but I would have preferred the camera not focus on close-ups of the background exercisers a few times when Ilaria was demonstrating a combination.

This workout probably isn’t for a beginner but definitely you should try if you’re looking to take your workout up a notch.

By the end of last year I was in a workout rut. I wanted a change, something to motivate me, something fresh. When this dvd arrived in the mail I had only hope that it would kick start my workout mojo. I popped it in the dvd player, pressed play and found what I was looking and hoping for. Thanks, Ilaria!

I do have to say that the best part of workout is when Ilaria smiles. She’s having fun and that is infectious. I had fun too and I had a great workout.



The Firm: Pump, Jump & Jab

I am a Firm Believer. I have been one for over twelve years. I remember my first Firm video tape workout. Our local grocery store had a video rental store inside of it and I went in one day to rent an exercise video and I came across the Firm’s Time Crunch video with Susan Harris. I took it home and used it. I used it again and then I went back to the store and rented Volume One with Susan Harris. Trust me, the Time Crunch video didn’t prepare me for Volume One. OMG. At over 40 pounds overweight the workout nearly killed me and I was sold. I ordered Firm workouts and began my fitness journey.

The Firm Pump,Jump & Jab

Right now I have many, many Firm workouts in my cabinet and I love most of them. One of my newer workouts is Pump, Jump and Jab with Kelsie Daniels as the lead instructor. I really love this workout and I love Kelsie as an instructor. For me, she’s right up there with Susan Harris. Kelsie is tough, motivating and fun. What more could you ask for? Oh, she’s a good instructor too.

Do you love the Firm and kickboxing?

Pump, Jump & Jab is a 45 minute workout that combines Firm moves with kickboxing. You’ll need a couple pairs of dumb bells, light and medium weights. There’s no yelling, and Kelsie is not in your face. She’s motivating and encouraging and fun.

Kelsie’s cueing is good and the music isn’t annoying and the choreography is easy to learn. Kelsie moves seamlessly between toning segments and kickboxing sequences. And it’s fun. This is one workout that I really enjoy doing and it hasn’t gotten old.

This is one of those workouts that what you bring to the workout is what you’ll get out of it.