I subscribed to the CafeMoms Studios channel on YouTube because I wanted to do more videos like this one. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be a fitness channel. There are videos about “Being a better Mom from Prison” and “Real Housewife Kim Zolciak Pregnant with Baby #5!” Yeah. I’m not even sure where the fitness videos are on this channel. So, if you want to try out this video, go here:
Did I work up a sweat? Yes. Did I feel like dying and say the “F-word” often throughout the course of the workout? Yes. The title is misleading. 30 minutes, it is not. More like 20 minutes of cardio with 6 minutes of stretching and over a minute’s worth of blah blah blah from the fitness instructor. It’s filled with ultra-fun exercises that make me giddy all over – like mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks and jump ropes. There’s even a short kickboxing section… if you want to call it that. She throws out a few jabs and crosses that allowed me to catch my breath for a second.
My martial arts background makes me extra critical of kickboxing videos and segments. Mostly because you can really, really hurt your knees if you do these kicks improperly, and poor Chana Balk, the instructor of this video, does a terrible job of describing how to do this kick. She says to lead with your heal and the proceeds to point her toes to the sky. I think she was trying to do a round kick. I’m really not sure. She never gave her kick a name. The most important thing to remember about any kick that goes out from the side of your body – whether it is a side kick or a roundhouse kick – is to pivot the foot of your standing leg in the opposite direction of your kick. This saves you from torquing your knee in a funky direction.
All in all, I’d give it a rating of 3 dumbbells on a 5 dumbbell scale. It was a descent 20 minute workout with a good stretching segment at the end. Willing to sweat it out to this one? Come on back here afterwards, and let me know what you think!