Cathe Friedrich's MMA Boxing
Backcover description: MMA: Boxing is a 49-minute cardio boxing program - with a touch of MMA thrown in to give your workout a new twist. While any fighter would definitely be challenged by this intense and thorough program, this workout focuses on getting the f
Cathe Friedrich's MMA Boxing
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Non-stop upper-body punches and lower-body "fast feet" exercises; this is "boxing," not kickboxing. You get the energy and effectiveness of a real boxers' workout -- burning fat, boosting endurance and building coordination. The upper-body segments feature fast-paced boxing basics like jabs, uppercuts, hooks and crosses. The lower-body sections emphasize fast-feet exercises -- small, high-impact jumps on the balls of your feet (surprisingly tough, and great for agility and stamina). All these movements are blended together in the combo segments. The ending floorwork is also boxer-specific; it's designed to build rock-hard, punch-resistant abs. DVD has a bonus, 18-minute heavy bag workout. 5 lb. dumbbells are used in the toning; weighted gloves are optional. Note: MMA means mixed martial arts. ©2009. DVD has: Chapter menus
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Cathe Friedrich's MMA Boxing
|Heavy bag workout|
|This workout is what I have been looking for it includes a heavy bag workout. I wanted something more than just punching it myself, this is a great variety workout, abs are a great workout also. - posted by Cathy on 4/26/2013|
|great workout but definitely not advanced|
|I really love this workout when I feel I need a light day. The combos are fun and really test your eye hand coordination; just wish there were premixes to make this workout longer. - posted by La Tona on 2/21/2013|
|Fun and doable|
|I consider myself beg to intermediate exerciser. I'm not sure if I'd say this was an advanced workout but it was fun. But you do have to put your mind and muscle into it to get the benefit. The abs section was harder for me but still doable. I used 1lb weighted gloves and got a great upper body workout. I loved the bag bonus workout. I wish it was longer I loved it so much. As usual Cathe gives great cues and motivation. - posted by Rosie on 1/7/2013|
|Fun but not advanced|
|I consider myself to be an advanced exerciser. I have completed Turbo Fire and most recently have been working out to Michelle Dozois and Amy Dixon's Tabata DVDS. Those are advanced workouts that leave me huffing and puffing (and 35 pounds lighter!). This is my first Cathe DVD. I really like it and find it to be quite unique in all of the punch series but I barely get winded with it and cannot imagine I would lose much weight if I used it more than once a week. I use it for my rest days in between Michelle and Amy as I appreciate the break from plyo. It's fun and it's a workout I do when I might skip a workout otherwise but I disagree that it's Advanced. I'd actually place it closer to Beginner/Intermediate. - posted by Lyn on 12/27/2012|
|Makes you think|
|The boxing combinations are not difficult, but they keep your mind working. I loved the boxing segments and the upper body blitzes, but wasn't crazy about all of the jumping for the lower body blitzes (which is the reason I subtracted 1 star). The ab portion was tough! Wearing 1 lb. weighted gloves really maximizes the workout. - posted by Fran on 11/23/2012|
|Good boxing (aka punching) workout|
|OK. A couple of things about my preferences - because they might help you decide if you would like this workout. I am an intermediate exerciser with bad knees, hands, and wrists due to arthritis. So, I look for workouts that are low impact or that I can easily modify. I am not a big fan of Cathe's workouts. Intellectually, I think Cathe is one of the best instructors on the market, but her workouts are generally harder than I want to, or can, work. When I read raves about this workout that said it was shorter than most of her others and could be done by intermediate exercisers and was punching with little to no kicking (my favorite with kickboxing), I decided to check it out.
This workout is fairly short; the breakdown of the workout is:
Warm up - 7 minutes
3 Boxing sections with a punching routine, upper body blitz and lower body blitz - 27 minutes.
Core work - 9 minutes
Stretch - 5 minutes.
Heavy bag bonus section - 20 minutes.
I do not have a heavy bag, so I have not done that section as of yet. I may try it at some point.
The set is open and bright and Cathe is backed up by three exercisers, one woman and two men. The music is standard techno beat-y kind of stuff. Cathe gives no explanation about how to do the punches and offers a few form pointers, so you should know your boxing punches before doing this workout.
The combos in the cardio section are short and taught in short segments and then you combine them and repeat them on each side. For the upper body blitzes, you focus on one type of punch at a time, performing them faster and faster until you are punching as quickly as you possibly can. The lower body blitzes are all jumping drills and can be modified fairly easily if you want to go low impact. Cathe and her crew laid down bands to divide the area in a couple of the drills and I just imagined I had done so.
The ab work has traditional/typical core exercises, using a pair of 5 lb hand weights. I don't enjoy most core work and I don't like getting on the floor, so I won't be doing this section in the future.
I am happy at my intermediate level and I enjoyed this workout. It encouraged me to do more and work harder at cardio than I have in the recent past, yet it didn't wipe me out.
This DVD is worth trying for its focus on punching drills and the cardio bursts and because it's just plain fun. If you are looking for an advanced and/or HARD workout, this isn't it. I think advanced exercisers could do this workout and have fun as long as they aren't expecting Cathe's hardest (or anything close to it). - posted by Laura on 4/11/2012|
|short but challenging|
|I love this workout; I do not understand the negative reviews. I use this on the days I need a short but sweaty workout. I always wear weighted gloves which make it a lot harder. I am an advanced exerciser and I still feel this the day after(when I wear the weighted gloves). - posted by melinda on 11/27/2011|
|I am an advanced exerciser and I liked this workout. I hold one pound weights while doing it. There is not kicking involved here just punching. As usual Cathe gives excellent cues and the quality of the dvd is excellent. I worked up a sweat definitely. The ab section is challenging because you use weights during it, which I like. Overall another great video from Cathe. - posted by Cara on 10/27/2011|
|Great workout EZ to follow!|
|This is a great workout! i am a advanced exerciser and i really sweat doing this workout. It is EZ to follow for those who are less coordinated. If you are looking for an alternative cardio workout this is great! - posted by Heather on 4/29/2011|
|Great fun for cardio boxing fans and a good workout|
|I really enjoy this one! The time flies with the fun punching combos. - posted by Elaine on 4/7/2011|
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