MMA Kickboxing is a 52 minute kickboxing workout; 10 minute warm up, 26 minutes kickboxing, 9 minute ab work and 7 minute cool down/stretch. Another Cathe kickboxing workout. I am slowly but surely accumulating Cathe DVDs and because I am currently in the middle of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution which is where all of my strength work is done, my focus for blog posts is on cardio workouts. Although I really liked this workout, it is not the best or most intense kickboxing workout out there. Nor is it Cathe’s best. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and it is still a solid intermediate level workout.
The warm up was rather long but I liked it since it was all kickboxing—punches and kicks to warm you up. The actual training period consisted of 3 kickboxing combos (done on each side of body) with a high-impact kick drill in between each combo. I did not find these as intense as the combos and drills in her other workouts. The combos are taught add on style and were not hard to follow—though the knee/kicks in the last combo were weird and confusing. However, that was the shortest/quickest of all the combos so you really don’t spend much time on it anyway. I used weighted gloves to up intensity.
I really liked the 9 minute ab work. It was unique and effective and she managed to work boxing into it. The last move in particular was difficult but does the job—you get into a wide plank and do a push up then twist and touch the opposite toe. The stretch was rather long but it felt good.
This was not a high intensity workout but it is a good workout. I will use it for recovery days. In fact, that’s how I used it today! Yesterday was an Insanity day and tomorrow I’ll be doing HIITs—so I needed something more moderate and this fit the bill perfectly.