Product Review: This DVD came out in 2007. The instructors are Tiffany and Max Chen who are sister and brother.
“Taught by their father, Tai Chi Chuan Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, both fighters started training at a tender age.
A figure skating champion as a child, Tiffany entered her first martial arts competition at age 16 and now has over 40 gold medals to her credit.
One of the top full-contact Lei Tai San Shou competitors in the country, Max has racked up 20 gold medals in just over a decade of competing. Both Tiffany and Max train and teach at their father’s New York City school.
Pop the dvd in and you get a standard warning and disclaimer. The dvd menu appears next and you can instantly tell that this is a quality product with high production values.
The menu consists of:
- The Workouts
- Music Options
- Also From Acacia (production company)
As an “in a hurry” boot camp instructor, I go straight to the basic workout. I’m hoping to implement a kick boxing workout into my boot camp class tomorrow and want to try it out right away.
The workouts consist of:
- The Basics
- The Kicker
- The Killer
I skip the stretching and warm up, hoping I don’t regret it – I’m in a hurry.
I start by lying on the ground and do the first exercise which is head up for 30 seconds.
Next is side, side, dip, dip for 30 seconds. Keep your fists up and switch stance after each time.
Repeat the above combo 3 times without taking a break.
Next is straight punch switch stance x ten reps combined with hold push up for 30 seconds x 3 rounds.
Next is alternating front kicks combined with horse stance (squat hold) for 30 seconds each x 3 rounds.
The alternating front kicks make you feel like a chorus line girl but you will definitely feel it.
Tiffany does the voice over and explains everything very well.
Combo Four is knee pull twist and push up position with opposite arm for 30 seconds each x 3 rounds.
Great for core and cardio but this level still feels like a warm up to experienced boot campers or athletes. But others will definitely be challenged!
“Keep going, it will work” encourages Tiffany.
Round 5 is fast feet sprawl.
It’s only for 30 seconds but you’ll definitely begin to crank things up a notch.
3 rounds of just this exercise. That’s definitely enough.
I’m not sure if you take a break in between the 3 rounds of this or not so I just keep going for all 3 rounds.
Stretching and cool down is next. These are standard stretches done for about 3-5 minutes.
Tiffany congratulates me, tells me to take some deep breaths, relax and continue stretching.
I’m done. This definitely felt like a beginner workout but ramped up quickly towards the end with the 3 thirty second rounds of fast feet sprawls.
I’m looking forward to see what “The Kicker” and “The Killer” will bring.
Update! I implemented this workout (The Basics) into my boot camp as a warm up. They loved it. It took around 15 minutes to complete with me spending a couple of extra minutes explaining how it worked.
After this we did a regular boot camp workout for our main activity.
I’ve since implemented both The Kicker and The Killer and they are definitely more intense.
I like to take exercises from all 3 workouts and create my own workout.
Your boot campers or athletes will like this fresh workout – it’s something different and makes them feel like they are doing a true kickboxing workout – there is kicking, punching, core, abs and cardio moves.
I like this dvd a lot.
The Good: Well produced, easy to follow, no equipment necessary. Easy to implement. The 3 workouts can be scaled (less time, more time, less rounds, more rounds) to fit your needs. Your boot camp participants are doing this in a group setting so they will feel comfortable surrounded by others who are doing it for the first time.
There was a lot of laughter and encouragement in my class by the time we got the hang of “The Basics” workout. Everyone was ready to try the next 2 levels, “The Kicker” and “The Killer” soon.
The Bad: Not much bad going on here. As the instructor, you just have to memorize the exercises, the number of rounds and the number of seconds but that should be pretty easy to do. If any of the workouts seem too easy, just scale them up and add resistance (dumbbells or a weighted vest).
Rating: 4 out of 5
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