Kickboxing has in recent years become one of my favorite ways to stay in shape. The punches, jabs and uppercuts, they get me. Although I love them, I think they are often intimidating for people. Fear not, I promise kickboxing a perfect way to burn fat with a great cardio workout. Plus with all the added interest in Ronda Rousey with her 34 second knockout, there seems to be a new and exciting interest in the sport of boxing especially kickboxing! Have you seen that girl? Daymmm impressive.
It’s a great way to gain confidence, relieve stress and sweat all in one place. I love watching my fitness classes hone their boxing skills and get the results they want with a great full body workout. Every muscle in the body from your core your legs to your arms, back to your neck is working in order to maintain balance in order to properly swing, kick and punch.
If you are looking for a new way to liven up your fitness routine I suggest getting some gloves.
Some of the terms you might expect to hear in a class:
Jab: is a straight out punch it’s going to hit on the same side of the body as your punch from that you’re throwing from.. from the right you’re striking the body of your opponent on the right.
Cross: means to bringing the arm across the body punching from the right you’re striking on left
Uppercut: your moving power from low to high. You have two options of where to place this punch. Most of us are comfortable with the under the chin version of a swoop all the way up landing under the chin. But an uppercut can also land in stomach area.
Hook: is accomplished by bring the arm out slight farther than the body making a slight hook with the elbow. This punch is normally landed in the side of the head of an opponent.. or for my classes purposes the side of the bag.
Kickboxing kicks are MUCH differnt from soccer style kicks. You are working more with lifting and extending the legs and not with any type of pendulum swings.
Front Kick: There are four parts to this kick, it’s a lift of the leg and extension of the foot with a lift back down and a placement of the foot back to the ground. NO SOCCER kicks the hip flexor is not the source of power here the lower abs, hamstring and quads are doing the work.
Side Kick: (shown in image above) basically you’re standing you can start in a hover pushing your weight back into your heels lift your leg right out to the side and extend through the heel in a full range of motion that really opens up the hip flexor doing a lot of lower body balance work.
Back Kick: A front kick in reverse, the lift extension and placement are all equally as important here.
Round House Kick: It’s the kick you see in the movies. And is a GREAT full body move. The core helps lift the leg up and around while we incorporate the power of the front kick. I encourage my classes to really think about the power moving from the stationry foot through the body to the extended leg/foot. Balance is a large part of this move as well.
Looking to give your weightloss a jump start, try out one of these quick kickboxing workouts today!
It’s your day do what makes you feel unstoppable.
Question of the Day: How much boxing do you do? Have you ever tried a kickboxing class? Cardio Kick?