I have tried many exercise videos and TV shows dating back to the eighties. I remember putting on my off the shoulder “Choose Life” flourescent t-shirt, my shorts and leg-warmers and doing the 20 minute workout. Oh yes, I was stylin.’ At least for the time. I was only ten years old, but I was faithful to this workout that came on every evening on City TV. The 20-minute workout became a household name, and the simplistic starch white back drop and provocative girls in form-fitting body suits, with big hair and seductive glances that looked in the camera swept the nation.
Remember Bess and the gals? And gimme one, two, three, four more…
By the time the nineties came around, I still enjoyed exercising, although it was primarily cardio in the form of DVD’s. I had yet not realized the benefits of weight training. Denise Austin, Jane Fonda, Cathy Smith, Billy Blanks and other fitness icons were regular visitors in my basement VHS/DVD. The_____ (insert buns, abs, arms here) of Steel series was also on the agenda on a regular basis.
One video I bought at Sears in the discount DVD bin, was Cathy Smith’s Kickboxing Workout, with Keith Cooke. Keith Cooke is a martial artist that has 5 U.S championships under his belt. I can honestly say this was the best $7.99 I have ever spent. Together, the two fitness professionals collaborate to design a complete cardio workout that is safe, effective and easy to follow. Kathy and Keith take viewers through a safety and instructional tutorial before beginning the workout on proper jabs, kicks and stance. Amongst all the current cardio apps out there, and the fact that this DVD is about 15 years old, it is not at all dated and I still use it to this very day to work up a good sweat. In addition to a 45 minute cardio kickbox workout that will get you seeing results in about one month, it has a great deep stretching and Tai Chi relaxation portion after the high impact boxing workout. I often use the deep stretching portion after a run to give my body a thorough stretch. The Tai Chi is slow and controlled, and perfect for those who are new to fitness or cannot do a high impact workout. I love the Tai Chi portion first thing in the morning. It gives me an invigorating and refreshing start to the day. So, if you are ever shopping at Wal-Mart and happen upon this DVD in the discount bin…
Check it out. It is an all around great workout that challenges all fitness levels. (and ladies Keith Cooke is easy on the eyes if you like that fit, martial artist type. Just sayin’)
* I do not suggest starting any exercise program without consulting with your doctor or certified fitness professional first. This DVD may not be suitable for those who are new to exercise or those with injuries and other medical conditions. Safety and ability must always be considered first.*
(20 minute Workout photo courtesy of Google.)