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Workout DVD Review: Kickboxing Cardio Power (With Giveaway!)

Sensei Guillermo GomezI have a new favorite workout DVD instructor, and his name is Sensei Guillermo Gomez. Despite the fact that his accent is oh-so-sexy and fun (which we’ve noted before), Guillermo is just a loveable guy who packs a serious punch in his new Kickboxing Cardio Power workout DVD. (Get it “punch”? ‘Cause it’s a kickboxing workout? Har. Har.)

Flanked by two ladies (one of which is, no surprise, the lovely Jessica Smith, who appeared next to Guillermo in yesterday’s video!), Mr. Gomez shows you how to punch and kick your way fit. With moves like what you’d expect in Tae Bo or any live kickboxing class, you get about a 40-minute workout that’s mostly cardio with a little lower-body strength mixed in.

After a quick 6-minute warm-up that runs you through the punches and some stretching, Guillermo gets right to the good stuff—32 minutes of punches, shuffles, V-steps, jump rope, jumping jacks, squats and other kickboxing-inspired moves put together for some fun yet not overly complex combinations. After that, he cools you down with about four minutes of stretching.

The DVD also includes a short intro by Guillermo (more of that accent—growl) and a tutorial on how to do all of the moves, which has really good cues on how to properly punch. So many girls have noodle-arms when they punch, so it’s a nice little primer on proper boxing technique. Punch with power! There are also not one, not two, but three bonus segments. While the sound quality on the bonus segments isn’t great, if you’re into martial arts, you’ll love these. The first one shows you how to do a basic roll, the second gets more complicated with a roll back with lunge, and the third is a lunge to kick. All are fun, and make you feel like a bad-ass.

One of the best parts of this DVD (minus the accent and solid instruction, of course), is that you just need yourself to do it. For the bonus segments, you’ll need a soft padded area or carpet, but besides that it’s just you, Guillermo and your sweat (double growl). While there’s nothing particularly ground-breaking in this DVD, it’s done damn well. The music is a bit lackluster, but Guillermo more than makes up for it. It’s high-energy, fun…and did I mention he has an accent?

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

Fit Bottomed Line: If you love kickboxing workouts and/or a man with an accent, this intermediate workout DVD is for you!

We have two of Guillermo’s Kickboxing Cardio Power workout DVDs to giveaway! Leave a comment with why you want to win it or what accent is your favorite, and we’ll select two lucky U.S. readers to win a copy in about a week. ¡Buena suerte! —Jenn


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  1. LisaT says:

    I’ve always been partial to an Italian accent!

  2. dana says:

    Billy Blanks Tae Bo was the first workout dvd I ever bought (probably in early 2000s), so I’d love to get back into a tae bo style workout. After living in Australia for most of 2011, I have to say, I really miss that accent!

  3. Julie P says:

    Ooh, I would love to win one of these dvds! It would be perfect on the days I can’t get to my fave Turbo Kick class! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Nicole says:

    Ever since my VHS player ate my original Tae-Bo tape, I’ve been yearning for something similar that’s on DVD. This video sounds like it could be the one!

  5. Erin says:

    Kickboxing is one of my favorite workouts and this one looks great!

  6. Ahh! Would love! I was just thinking on my ride into work this morning that I would love to get back into good cardio kickboxing but can’t afford a gym membership in the slightest.

  7. Michelle says:

    I love kickboxing & I could use a new workout DVD!

  8. Angel Are says:

    For 30+ years I have suffered from an eating disorder. Since December 16, 2011 I have been actively participating in my recovery. I am running my first 5K on 4/28/2012. Always looking for new ways to keep my interest and love of health and exericse going. This DVD would keep everything spiced up in my workout routine! TY for this opportunity.

  9. Debra says:

    I could definitely use a new kickboxing dvd! This one sounds great!

  10. Lori McHugh says:

    I have done Jessica’s workouts for a while and know if she is part of this DVD it will be great! I have 2 kids in college and am working on my Master’s in Social Work myself at 50 (the oldest in the class) which does not leave much time to workout! I am on summer break now and would love to win!

  11. keri c. says:

    I could really use some new dvd’s to add to my collection, this looks like a workout I could grow to love! And my fav accent is an Irish/Scottish one 😉 thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. Paula Krumholz says:

    Kickboxing is a lot of fun and I feel so empowered after a workout! I’m always looking for great kickboxing workouts to add to my DVD collection. All the kicking and punching is a great stress reliever and my favorite way to tone my tummy and thighs. An Italian accent is the best!

  13. Missy says:

    I want to win because I haven’t done a Guillermo workout DVD yet and I love Jessica Smith Gomez who is one lucky lady!!!!

  14. Amber Saxby says:

    I would love to win this because it is really hard for me to get to the gym with two toddlers so I need something to do in the house. This would go to good use!

  15. My favourite accent is South African!

  16. Michelle says:

    This DVD sounds great! I’m in such a workout rut right now & I need something fun & challenging to shake things up. Kickboxing with a hunky guy? I’m in!

  17. I’ve always loved kickboxing with Tae Bo and want to get back into it again! It’s one of the few fun workouts out there.

  18. Julie says:

    Something about an Irish accent makes my heart melt..looking to melt other things…

  19. Samantha says:

    I’d love this!! Kickboxing workouts are my FAVORITE!

  20. Mariah says:

    I would love a workout DVD that doesn’t require equipment- I don’t have most of the stuff necessary for all of these at home workouts.

  21. Ceci says:

    Always wanted to try kickboxng, but don’t have the funds to take classes. It would be awesome to try out this DVD!!! Also, I am in dire need of some at home cardio regimens for days I can’t make it to the gym, this looks like so much fun! My favorite accent is Australian & New Zealand 😉

  22. Michele says:

    I’m good with any accent 🙂
    I’ve been wanting a kickboxing DVD to add to my workout videos!!!

  23. Sherry says:

    My only kickboxing video is on VHS and my player is broken?., i LOVE kickboxing and would love to get back into it! 🙂

  24. jeanne says:

    Id love to win because I just recently tried kickboxing and love it! And yes, accents are awesome!

  25. Megan says:

    Love kickboxing – and a tutorial to check my form too. And the Latin accent doesn’t hurt either.

  26. Sara says:

    Would love to add this to my workout mix. Need a new routine to throw into my week!

  27. Jenna says:

    my fave accent is russian! slightly sinister and super sexy.

  28. Laurie says:

    Kickboxing is my favorite from of workout because I love how it works my core!

  29. Christina says:

    I would like to win because I love kickboxing dvds and have all the Tae Bo ones & would love to try this.

  30. Dorie says:

    I LOVE kickboxing and would love to have it on DVD to do at home when I can’t make it to class, and I adore a French accent!

  31. Ivori says:

    I want to WIN !

    I love Sean Connery’s accent…Oh…so dreamy !

  32. Kathyn says:

    I love British (Patrick Stewart!), French, Spanish and Italian accents.

  33. Liz C. says:

    I love French accents–makes me feel better about my horrible American accent when I speak French!

  34. Veronica says:

    Just had a baby and this is the perfect excuse to start kickboxing again!

  35. Julia Haeger says:

    The super hot trainer at the gym has an Eastern European accent…yum!

  36. Maggie says:

    I think this is definitely something I could get my kids to join me with – plus Sensei is adorable!

  37. Tasha says:

    I am too in love with my treadmill and need something new to do for cardio!

  38. Sandra Hernandez says:


    I’ve been struggling to get back into the exercise routine. Everyday, I read all the diet and exercise blogs trying to get myself motivated, to no avail. Maybe if I would win this DVD with a different type of exercise, it may just get me off the couch potato mode and into a healthier me.
    Would appreciate it vey much if you’d pick me.

    Have a wonderful day.


  39. Ashley says:

    I have been wanting to try kickboxing for quite some time but have been a little intimidated to try it in a class…this would be the perfect intro! 🙂

  40. Steph says:

    I want to kick it up with kickboxing!!!!!!! Would be awesome to switch it up with this. Accents are fun!!

  41. Amber says:

    THis looks fun! My all time fave accent is a Brittish or Jamaican accent (yeah weird 2 way different accents huh)

  42. Sarah says:

    Oh I’m dying for a great kickboxing video! I’ve lost 22 pounds since Feb 1, and I’m hoping to spice up my routine!

  43. Oh my, I don’t discriminate with my accent love but I do love Australian. 🙂

  44. Alissa A says:

    I love the British accent! captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. Julie says:

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway because my all-time favorite workout class is “Box Blast” which I attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays at my work. It would be SO awesome to have a DVD to use at home on my non-Box Blast days!!!

  46. Austin Kara says:

    British or Irish accents. Love them!

  47. Hope Konovsky says:

    I need to check out this accent! I mean, this workout… 🙂

  48. Colette says:

    I would love to win this giveaway…kickboxing is one of my all-time favorite workouts!

  49. Anna says:

    I would really like to try this, it looks hard but fun!

  50. Amy says:

    This is one giveaway I would so enjoy getting to punch things (in my head anyway) and hearing that lovely accent;. It would definitely inspire me to work harder

  51. Molly says:

    I love kickboxing, and I really need to make changes in my life. I think Jessica Smith is great. Would love this DVD!

  52. Cindy Elder says:

    Kickboxing is a great all over workout and stress reliever too! I would love the dvd to supplement my other workouts.
    Love your website, too!

  53. Ashleykei says:

    I think an Austrialian accent is particularly swoon-worthy 😉

  54. Sara D. says:

    I think Portuguese accents are particularly great to listen to!

  55. Kimberly says:

    I love kickboxing workouts and would be thrilled to win this DVD!

  56. S says:

    I love kickboxing! I love how strong and empowered it makes me feel (not to mention how awesome of a workout it is).

    I sure wouldn’t mind trying out this DVD…

  57. ginny says:

    I grown tired of my current dvds and need something new. This sounds PERFECT. Please pick me, I need something new & fresh to do.

  58. styleezta says:

    I love any high intensity workouts!! makes me feel like I could do anything!!

    I love portugese accents 🙂

  59. cindy says:

    I need a kickboxing workout I can do at home. One that will help me loose weight and gain strength. I love English accents.

  60. Debbie says:

    I liked Jessica’s kickboxing DVD, so know I’d love this. My form is not the greatest, and I punch like a girl (!) so hope I win this!

  61. Mindy says:

    I would like to win this because I love kickboxing workouts and men with sexy accents!

  62. Jen says:

    I want to win the dvd because I really need to change up my workout. My new town is small and doesn’t offer kickboxing and I really miss it! I am a sucker for British accents!

  63. Christine says:

    Jessica Smith was someone I discovered by accident. Thanks to her guidance I have lost 30 pounds and managed to keep it off for a year. I can’t wait to see the new video and winning it free would be my whipped topping!!

  64. Robin says:

    Australian accent is my fav!

  65. latanya says:

    I want to win because I want to try a different workout, so kickboxing would be great!

  66. Alexis says:

    It’s the perfect length to fit in before work!

  67. Jana says:

    I would love something like this. I work full time and have 2 kids (a 3 yr old and a 9month old). The only way I get to work out is by doing a video after by babies go to sleep. I am getting tired of my current videos and need something new to motivate me. I’ve always wanted to try a kickboxing video. This would be perfect.
    As for my favorite accent, I’d have to say Australian is my fave.

  68. Melissa says:

    I love kickboxing workouts, and I love accents! Yay!

  69. Nothing against Sensei Gomez, but it’s a Scots accent for me, all the way! (and I’d love to win this because kickboxing is fun!)

  70. Ronalee Duncan says:

    I would love to win this, because I need to get my legs stronger for running. I have always enjoyed kickboxing, but I have not done it since my spinal surgery 5 years ago.
    Now that I am healthy again and running, I think this would be a great addition to my other workouts.


  71. Linda W. says:

    Just found this site and LOVE IT! Looking for a change/motivation and love kickboxing! Guillermo would be a nice change from Jillian in your face, “right buddy”?

  72. Therese says:

    I would love to win this! My weight loss goal is getting oh so close and this might be just the thing to help me finally reach it!

  73. Kathy says:


  74. Lisa Cate says:

    I want this! Kickboxing is what got me to finally love exercise again after years of hating it. I now realize that it can be fun if you’re doing something you loooove!!!!!! This will be so great for me to continue my journey to health.

  75. Sarah B. says:

    I have always wanted to try kickboxing, but have never gotten around to it. I would love to win one of these so I could finally give it a try.

  76. Johanna says:

    I’ve been using Tae Bo for years, and this sounds like the kickboxing DVD I’ll have to check out next for a great at-home workout.

  77. Sanne says:

    I don’t have time fir a class so I’d love to win this. I love accentsfrom Australia!

  78. Ms B from Tennessee says:

    Kickboxing is my favorite way of combining cardio, leg work and core work. I’m a big fan of Guillermo’s wife Jessica’s workouts, so I’d love to see how each influence the other in these new workouts. I love how Guillermo alternates between English and Spanish when he’s counting out loud! The latin accents are easiest for me to understand (and latin men are the easiet to watch for an hour long workout!). I’d be so jazzed to win this! Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!

  79. Christine says:

    I love love Jessica Smith’s DVDs, and do them as often as I can. Also, a kickboxing workout would do wonders to shape my legs, a very tough area for me. Please pick me!

  80. Meredith says:

    Kickboxing is my favorite and I need a new video. I love all accents but like British best!

  81. lizbeth says:

    I could use some motivation right now and i would love to win a kickboxing workout DVD.

  82. Julie says:

    I would love to try out something new, this sounds like the perfect chance! Thanks for the opportunity to win 🙂

  83. Robyn says:

    I’m always looking for new workout option!

  84. Heather says:

    I’ve been wanting to try kickboxing for a while so I’d love this DVD! And i think British accents are the best 🙂

  85. Kelly says:

    Want to add more kickboxing to my fitness routine.

  86. Jenna says:

    Jessica’s one of my favorite instructors. Would love to add this workout to an upcoming rotation. Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. Ashlee Hale says:

    I love these kinds of workouts!

  88. Nicole says:

    This review cracked me up! I would love to hear this accent. I am intrigued:) the workout sounds great, top!

  89. Katie says:

    I just had a baby a few months ago this would be a great fun way to help me get my butt into gear!!!!! It looks like it’d be fun!!!!

  90. Jenn says:

    And our winners are… comments #58 and #78: styleezta and Ms B from Tennessee! Congrats! Emailing you both now to get your mailing addresses. Yay!

    –FBG Jenn

  91. styleezta says:

    just received the DVD …thanks again FBG! You ROCK!!

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