Getting a Rockin’ Body with Martial Fusion (with Giveaway!)

martial-fusion-DVDBack in the day, I taught a fitness class called Cardio Combat. A little Tae Bo, a little choreography and a lot of group-grunting, we punched, kicked, shuffled and kneed it out, harnassing our inner girl-power and getting a hell of a workout along with it. Why do I bring up a circa 2002 workout, you ask? Because it reminds me so much of Martial Fusion Rockin’ Body. Like so much so that I was grinning ear to ear while doing it, having my own nostalgic fitness party.

Except this workout DVD has one serious upgrade: A male instructor who can dance—and has an accent. During the 65-minute DVD, Sensei Guillermo Gomez switches between English and Spanish when counting and cuing. Oh, the sexiness. In the real world, he probably wouldn’t be my type, but it’s like lead singers—There’s something about them when they’re performing that just makes them delicious. Regardless, in the world of workout DVDs, his accent is ear candy.

The workout itself is a really fun mix of kickboxing drills and dance. After a quick warm-up, you get into the main 45-minute Rockin’ Body Cardio workout of V-steps, shuffles, jabs, crosses, kicks and knees that gets your heart rate up to a moderate level. It’s not impossible to say the least and kind of reminds me of a less girlie and jumpy Jazzercise kickboxing routine. The DVD also includes a nice 10-minute Yoga Stretch and Relaxation cool down and a 10-minute Toning & Abs segment that works your core with standing knees and kicks, and crunches on the mat.

My favorite part of the DVD? Sensei’s random bits of exercise advice that, when spoken with a Spanish accent, sound like philosophical poetry. One such gem: Once you have the flow, you can go anywhere. True dat, Sensei.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★1/2

Fit Bottom line: Kickboxing fans rejoice! This fun DVD is perf for intermediate exercisers to punch, kick and shuffle to—with ear candy to boot!

Want to get your Martial Fusion on? Of course you do! Comment below to enter to win. Winners will be picked randomly in a week! U.S. residents only, please. —Jenn

 



Comments

  1. April says

    I’ve always wanted to really try kickboxing, after sampling it at the gym. I would LOVE this DVD!! Plus the sexy accent!

  2. Katie says

    I’m thinking this will help me sweat just a weeee bit more than the “Rhythym Kung Fu” on Wii Fit!!! I used to doubt workout DVD’s until I tried the Biggest Loser’s Cardio Max dvd…I couldnt work for days! Problem is, now I’m hesitant to try any video OTHER than that of Bob and Jillians! Maybe this will be my next big breakthrough…? Pick me!

  3. Jane L says

    Me, me, me! Please, please, please! I love a great kickboxing workout and end it with a yoga stretch makes a great combination.

  4. Dani S says

    My gym’s schedule doesn’t work anymore with mine so I haven’t been able to do any sort of kick boxing class in awhile. Maybe this would fit the bill!

  5. says

    Fell of the fitness wagon late last year and have decided it’s time to get back on. This sounds like something I could enjoy again.

  6. Ivori says

    :) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick me !
    I totally love Kick Boxing/Martial Arts and need to lose 15 pounds !

  7. Debbie says

    Well I passed on the latest Tae Bo set because I have so many Billy DVDS I refuse to give up. I am also loving Vol II of LaloFit, so clearly I’m into the male accents! I like kickboxing as long as I can keep one foot on the ground, and always like a yoga stretch too. Thanks for the review.

  8. Brandy says

    Is it low impact? This would be great for me to get back to working out since my recovery.

  9. says

    Hi Brandy,

    It is high-impact, but you could make it low-impact with some easy modifications, like walking in place for jumping. :)

    FBG Jenn

  10. Kim says

    I love kickboxing but they don’t offer it at my new gym at a time when I can go! This looks like a great option :)

  11. Fran says

    I have actually been looking at this dvd on the martial fusion website for a few weeks, but $25 is WAY out of my price range for a workout dvd. It looks like a great workout without complicated moves. I would love to be able to try it!

  12. Brandy says

    Always enjoyed the mixed kickboxing. My fave way to shake my routine up!!! Looks like this is just the DVD for me!!! Love to try it!

  13. KD Munoz says

    looks like fun- all these boyz in my house, I can finally at least SCARE them into thinking I’d attempt defense! hehe