May The FORZA Be With You…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release December 18, 2015—a thought that is both surreal and exhilarating in equal measure, plus it’s inspiring young Jedis™. And what better way to attract the fans than with Forza by Powerstrike®, a workout based on Japanese sword training.

Forza 4 (Forza Class) Rachel Hudgins Photography

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release December 18, 2015—a thought that is both surreal and exhilarating in equal measure, plus it’s inspiring young Jedis™. And what better way to attract the fans than with Forza by Powerstrike®, a workout based on Japanese sword training. 

Forza is a full-body workout that burns calories, builds upper body and core strength, and tones leg muscles. Students use wooden swords to perform graceful, controlled movements that are combined into easy and then gradually more challenging routines. Precise, powerful repetitions demand strict concentration and intense physical exertion. The fluid workout is safe for all levels, yet still a cardiovascular feat.

SHORT WORKOUT: 
Perform the following cuts 10 to 50 times each. When moves start to feel powerful and controlled, combine Half Cuts with Diagonal and Full Cuts plus Horizontals.

Forza 1 (On Guard) Rachel Hudgins Photography

ON GUARD 
This is the starting position of all cuts; keep the sword tip at eye level to perform the next moves. 

HALF CUT
Raise sword overhead in a horizontal position and extended behind the head, bring sword forward and down to neck level.

FULL CUT
Raise sword overhead in a horizontal position and extended behind the head, bring sword forward and down to navel level.

Forza 5 (Diagonal Cut)

RIGHT DIAGONAL CUT
Begin with sword over and behind right shoulder; draw a diagonal line with tip of sword from right shoulder to left hip. 

LEFT DIAGONAL CUT
Begin with sword over and behind left shoulder; draw a diagonal line with tip of sword from left shoulder to right hip. 

Forza 2 (Horizontal Cut) Rachel Hudgins Photography

HORIZONTAL CUT
Bring sword behind right shoulder and horizontally strike toward left shoulder maintaining elbows bent, rotating hips and squeezing chest and abs—repeat opposite side.

Forza 3 (High Block) Rachel Hudgins Photography

HIGH BLOCK 
Raise sword parallel to floor and over right shoulder (slightly in front of shoulder line), flexing right bicep and ab muscles while squatting down in a powerful stance.

“While learning how to move and control a sword will strengthen the body and burn hundreds of calories,” states Ilaria Montagnani, creator of Forza, “the best part of the workout is how much it trains the mind to focus and maintain full concentration.” Now, that sounds like a workout worthy of a Jedi! 

For more information on Forza or other Powerstrike programs, go to www.powerstrike.com

Source: POWERSTRIKE. FORZA SHORT WORKOUT CREATED BY ILARIA MONTAGNANI FOR AMERICAN FITNESS READERS (SEPT 2015). Montagnani is an internationally acclaimed fitness expert who founded Powerstrike in 1995. Inspired by the idea of pushing physical limits to ignite inner strength, she combined her martial arts background with contemporary choreography to develop a groundbreaking approach to group fitness. She has trained instructors and developed programs for facilities in the U.S, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, and throughout South America.
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