Power Strike 7 is another kickboxing workout from Ilaria Montagnani. I remember loving all of her PowerStrike workouts but I haven’t done them in a long time. I had actually planned to go through all of them before doing this one but I got sidetracked by my discovery of Heather Robertson. Now I really wish I had revisited them because I did not love this workout. This workout was hard. Harder than I wanted to work this morning, to be honest. It is a non-stop endurance workout. I don’t think I am remembering her other PowerStrike workouts (which I loved) wrong. During my Bodyweight Rotation, I did all of her BodyStrikes workouts and the earlier ones were easier and more doable than Body Strikes 3, which was released the same time this workout was released. I think this last round of workouts Ilaria released are just her most advanced workouts. And well, I prefer her earlier stuff. At least at this point in my life. I am no longer an advanced exerciser so I like more intermediate level workouts.
On to the actual workout. After the brief warm up you move into about 10 minutes of very complicated punch combos that I never completely caught onto. Next is 15 minutes of fast paced kick drills. You will drill through all manner of kicks (front, side, round house, crescent) but in addition, she puts together one little drill combo: 2 front push kicks + jump into squat + crescent kick with other leg–you do 100 reps of this little combo, 50 on each side of the body. Then you finally arrive at the kickboxing combos, which you do for 27:30 minutes. You do 2 combos and each combo is done on both sides of the body. Ilaria builds each combo in layers. You do both combos on one side of the body before repeating both combos on the other side of the body. Some of the punch combos in the kickboxing combos were complicated and by this time I was worn out, so I started doing my own version of the punch combos that I could not seem to catch on to. I didn’t have any problems with the kicks.
Power Strike 7 is 58 minutes; there is a one minute intro in which Ilaria discusses the importance of form to keep the workout safe, 3 minute warm up and 1 minute stretch. The warm up includes 10 push ups. This workout really needs a longer stretch. This is not a low impact workout but the only impact was jumping into squat. So if you want to keep the workout low impact omit the jumping. I wore one pound weighted gloves for this workout and my shoulders feel well worked.