What Is Fitness Kickboxing and Should You Join?
Where did Fitness Kickboxing Come From?
Fitness Kickboxing is based on kicking and punching techniques which was developed from karate, muay thai and western boxing and many years of adaptation for fitness classes. These kickboxing classes are mostly focused on the general fitness aspect of the sport and incorporates many techniques that are more beneficial for muscle toning and weight loss vs. sparring or self defense but you do learn viable self defense techniques as well.
Why Choose A Fitness Kickboxing Class
Fitness kickboxing offers the opportunity to train like a real kick boxer, while reaping all the benefits without having to get in the ring or get hit. Studies show that a 45-60 minute kickboxing class can burn off 600-800 calories!
In addition to the weight loss, you are able to build lean muscle which causes your metabolism to raise, thus allowing you to burn more calories to tone your whole body. Once you've learned the basics, the combinations are endless. This allows you to have a constant variety in your routine and what you do each class to help achieve your goals. Kickboxing is also a great way to improve agility, endurance, coordination, flexibility and core strength to carry over to many other sports and and activities of daily living.
General Class Layout
- 20 – 30 minutes of drills and techniques
- 15- 20 minutes of interval fitness training or more intense cardio training
- 5- 10 minutes of abs and core
- 5- 10 minutes of stretching and cool down
Kick Boxing Class Outline:
Most Fitness Kickboxing classes are 60 minutes in length and generally spend some time at the end of the hour working abs and core. Some classes however are 75 minutes in length (1 hour & 15 minutes). This allows the members to receive the full benefits of the classes drills and techniques then still have a chunk of time to work on abdominal work and stretching. Classes usually begins with 5 to 10 minute warmup that consists of some version of cardio, dynamic warm ups like hamstring curls, and usually some body weight exercises like alternate lunges.
What to Bring or Wear
- Footwear: clean indoor shoes, cross-trainers, kickboxing shoes, or boxing shoes with light tread for foot rotation.
- Loose fitting clothing, track pants, shorts, t-shirt or tank top
- Gloves and hand wraps (gloves usually are provided for usage for trial class)
- Plenty of water
- Willingness to learn and sweat
Check it out before you sign up.
Fitness Kickboxing is for all levels of fitness however, if there is one available, it may be a good idea to try out a class first. Just keep in mind; you get more benefits the longer you are a part of a fitness kickboxing class. You may want to find instructors who are able and willing to modify the routine to accommodate your different skill levels and limitations to help you along the way.
A list of Some Moves You May Use
- Side Kicks
- Push Kicks
- Roundhouse Kicks
- Snap Kicks
Hopefully this article has been informative, if you have any questions or comments feel free to message or post a comment.
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