This was an excellent read. The author has masterfully woven North Korean political history and sociology into a narrative that reads like a well-writen adventure novel. It was a genuine page-turner. The whole thing made me wonder when and if the citizens of North Korea will rise up against the government and insist on reform, or maybe instead a majority of them will cross the border and find the relative freedom of China (and then it is hoped they will find more liberty in South Korea or elsewhere.)
The two main workouts on this DVD, kickboxing and aerobox, are perfect for days when you want to sweat. They really get my heart racing! The Tai Chi at the end is good, too, but it's much shorter than the others - it consists of a 6 minute energizing sequence and a 6 minute stretch. I do the Tai Chi after a boxing workout, but I don't tend to do it by itself.
I appreciated the fact that both of the boxing sessions had introductions in which the main moves were demonstrated slowly, and proper form was explained. After doing the workout a couple of times, it really isn't necessary to watch the intro each time, of course, but it's nice to have them there for future reference… Read more
I heard from a trainer some time ago that you should try to vary the order in which you do your weight lifting and other strength exercises, because the body can adapt to doing the same exercises in the same order, which can render them less effective. In light of that advice, this workout is an interesting idea; it has about 115 one-minute exercises that play in random order. You can choose your area of focus (upper or lower body, core, total body), the length of the workout and the intensity of the workout, and you are pretty much guaranteed a different workout every time.
This would all be a useless gimmick, of course, if the quality of the workout was bad, but I really like… Read more