Kickboxing became a popular cardiovascular workout introduced to the fitness industry in the 1990s. There are different kickboxing styles, including Tae Bo (by Billy Blanks), which blends tae kwon do and kickboxing into an effective exercise routine. Both traditional kickboxing and Tae Bo workout DVDs feature fast-paced jabs, punches and kicks that are designed to burn fat, build strength and boost self-confidence.
'Tae Bo Amped'
Recommended by the editors of Fitness magazine, "Tae Bo Amped" is best suited to intermediate or advanced Tae Bo exercisers. It includes five Tae Bo workouts with a 3-lb., 24- to 30-inch collapsible weighted bar. The bar is designed to be used for kickboxing and never restricts your freedom of movement. At 24 inches, it boosts the workout's intensity by increasing control. At 30 inches, it becomes like a barbell, increasing the intensity of lateral raises and side leg lifts. All five workouts use the bar but vary in intensity, complexity and length. “Jump Start,” is the most basic, while “Fat Burn Accelerator” features interval training with alternating aerobic and muscle-toning segments. Each workout focuses on a different muscle area, and the set offers variety.
'Cathe Friedrich's Kick Max'
Recommended by editors of Fitness magazine as a "best" exercise DVD for calorie blasting, Cathe Friedrich's "Hardcore Series: Kick Max" workout is designed for advanced exercisers. Your fat cells don't stand a chance against the continuous flow of challenging kicks, jabs, jumping jacks and shuffles. You'll burn lots of calories while increasing balance and strength. Collage Video calls this workout "one of the toughest kickbox programs ever." It includes three distinct segments. Pick any segment for a targeted workout or complete all three for an “extreme challenge.” This 70-minute workout ends with a series of kickbox toning exercises for the lower body.
Ilaria Montagnani is a martial arts expert and leads this solid kickboxing workout routine. Appropriate for intermediate exercisers, Ilaria uses precise cuing, and the routine is well-designed and structured. You start with basic punches, and add kicks and finally move into a variety of punch/kick combos. The combinations banish boredom as they smoothly build in both variety and complexity while maintaining a consistent level of intensity. The class exercisers are all veteran instructors, so their form is flawless and sets a solid example. This exercise DVD earned five out of five stars based on nearly 30 reviews by owners.