A cardio kickboxing class is a cardiovascular workout that throws martial arts techniques into the mix. Cardio kickboxing is one of the most popular workouts across the country and that isn’t surprising. It has many health benefits including improving heart function, kicking calories, and a total lower and upper body workout. Plus it’s an amazing stress buster!
Everyone Needs a Little Cardio
Health professionals will tell you that it’s important to get at least 20 minutes of high intensity exercise a day. Cardio kickboxing certainly does that, and the American Heart Association is a great resource for figuring out how much exercise you need for your overall health and wellness. Every body has different needs and different levels of stamina. Look for a cardio kickboxing program that suits all types of fitness levels. Top rated schools have instructors that can “progress” and “regress” each exercise and combination to fit the needs of individual students.
You can burn as many as 450 calories in a single hour with kickboxing, and more if you add in some high-intensity intervals. Plus, it’s a whole body workout. The “kick” in kickboxing works your legs, while punching works your upper body, especially your arms, and builds muscle endurance. Moves like roundhouse kicks work your core muscles, and kickboxing keeps your abdominal muscles constantly engaged. Cardio kickboxing also builds endurance and stamina, but there are other benefits of kickboxing you may not know.
Tone Your Entire Body
A good cardio kickboxing class combines kickboxing and interval drills with free weights, or circuit training, resistance training and core training. To increase resistance many school use kickboxing pads and bags, as opposed to simply air boxing, so you’ll burn even more calories. You’ll work your back and trim your waist because each move requires a lot of core power behind it.
Sometimes the best way to release stress after a hard day of work is not to collapse on the couch, but to do some intense physical activity. It’s an excellent release to be able to relieve your stress on the pads. The workout also increases the release of endorphins, which can diminish stress. It lets you work out your frustrations in a safe environment, where you will learn the proper movement techniques. What better way to let go of the day’s irritations? Kickboxing offers a healthy way to release the day’s challenges, which can also help you get a better night’s sleep and improve mental clarity. The group atmosphere of kickboxing is even more effective in releasing endorphins. While any type of vigorous activity will release these feel good chemicals, group exercise enhances their impact, according to researchers from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutional Anthropology in Oxford, England.
Get Fit, Go Home Safe
While the majority of students come to cardio kickboxing for the physical workout, the self-defense aspect is a plus for many people. We teach with an emphasis on why you are learning this combination and what you would use this technique for in the real world. It’s important for people to know why they are doing certain moves and engaging certain parts of their body, as well as maintaining proper form and body alignment. While the goal of the class is not to teach self-defense, as you might find in a Krav Maga class, knowing you can throw a gut wrenching kick and a fight-ending punch is empowering.
Feel Strong, Sexy and Confident
There’s nothing sexier than knowing you can kick some butt and look great doing it. The intensity of kickboxing means you’ll see improvement and results quickly. But can you do it? Yes, you can! Select a school where certified instructors have the knowledge and the expertise to help you choose which levels you should be working at in class. Let them challenge you! When you put yourself through a program that challenges you and you finish it, your confidence is boosted. Learning new skills and mastering them gives you an accomplishment you can be proud of.
Cardio kickboxing is a high-energy group class that will challenge you both mentally and physically. It brings together the best of cardio training with interval and resistance training. It’s a great stress reliever and you can learn some self-defense too.
Come try our Krav Maga, CrossFire Cardio Kickboxing, or Personal Training classes to get a one-of-a-kind workout. “Where Self-Defense Meets Fitness” at CrossFire CrossTraining Centers. Call for more information and a tour of our facility at (951) 203-2321 or visit us on the web at CrossFire’s Facebook page or our Yelp page.