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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 😉

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

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

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

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

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. Hi,

    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.


  20. 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! 🙂

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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…

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

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.


  35. 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”?

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  49. 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!!!!

  50. 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