The dvd begins with a warm up including yoga sretches then you go right into an extremely well-cued kickbox routine. I do not pick up moves easily and so I'm quite picky on what fitness dvds I keep...many trip me up and are given away...however, I was surprised that her teaching was clear enough that quickly iinto the routine I was following right along with punches, jabs, blocks, footwork and a very fun turn that swings the back foot to the front and makes you feel like a real pro.
Surpisinigly even though she'd slow down to show you how to clearly do steps (and also do them enough times before zapping you right into fast choreography so that you get them down first), my calorie burn and heart rate remained high. Higher than I expected.
I wear a bodybugg to measure my daily calaoric burn and I only mention that because when I mention my caloric burn it is actually scientifically measured, not perceived exertion. I didn't feel worn out or knocked out and yet the combo of upper and lower body moves burned a whopping amount of calories in comparison to many of my other fitness dvds.
The setting appears to be a California hillside that is truly stunning and the energy level, in my opinion, is perfect. No one is yelling at you or doing fake "wooooo ooooo!s" like on some dvds I have...in fact the instructor cues happily and calmly and, more importantly, clearly.
The instrumental music has an Eastern feel and is actually, surpisingly, smooth and calming to the fast routine.
I have other kickboxing dvds but I really didn't get the moves down so well. It's easy to take this instruction and now do the other routines better because I "get" the movements more.
I try not to leave a review without a negative since no product is perfect but I feel this dvd was one of the best thought out as far as ensuring that everyone does the movements RIGHT and doesn't get tripped up AND gets a great caloric burn as well as some muscle work...I'm left without anything I can pan.
From beginner to advanced fitness buff anyone can do this routine and get great results. I own over 100 fitness dvds and this one is a new favorite for my daily workouts. And, trust me, I have zero coordination.