Kickboxing as a fitness workout – What does it entail?
Kickboxing, and indeed any other form of martial art for that matter, is one of the most beneficial physical activities to be involved in for a variety of reasons. Not only is it an incredible way of burning calories, toning your muscles, getting fit, and burning fat, but as well as that, a kickboxing workout also provides additional benefits such as: enhanced hand-eye coordination, improved flexibility, and increased levels of self discipline and self control. When you also consider that you’re learning a skill that could potentially defend your in the future, it’s no wonder why more and more people are choosing to partake in kickboxing classes and workouts. Kickboxing workouts are not to be taken lightly however, as they are incredibly demanding, both physically, as well as mentally, too. Still serious about learning a new skill and discipline, whilst getting into better shape in the process? If so, then here’s a more in-depth look at what you can expect when you participate in kickboxing workouts.
What will each kickboxing workout consist of?
– As you can see from above, each class is comprised of a number of different martial arts styles and disciplines from all across the globe. To help give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you participate in a workout, each class will consist of the following:
Warm up exercises – Warming up before engaging in any form of physical exercise is so important as it will not only help promote enhanced athletic ability, it will also severely reduce your likelihood of injury. Before each kickboxing workout, your instructor will take you through a series of basic warm up exercises to get your blood flowing and your muscles nice and loose.
Stretching – Again, basic stretches will be performed to loosen the muscles, protect against injury, and increase flexibility.
Shadow boxing – Shadow boxing is a great way of not only burning off calories, but also for working on your boxing technique, against an invisible opponent.
Fitness and circuit training – As cardiovascular conditioning is so essential in martial arts, your instructor will take you through a series of circuit training workouts that will promote overall health and fitness on a number of different levels.
Footwork – Footwork is another important aspect of martial arts, so extensive drills and exercises will be performed to help improve your footwork.
Skipping – Skipping is a great form of cardio, not to mention the fact that it improves hand-eye coordination, as well as helping to improve reflexes and reaction times in the process.
Hand techniques – Many of the martial arts disciplines you will take part in will involve extensive use of the hands I.E boxing and blocking, so your instructor will run through a series of hand techniques with you during each kickboxing workout.
Kicking techniques – And finally, as well as using the hands, of course, you also use your legs and feet in many forms of martial arts, so during each workout, you should expect to be taught a series of techniques and drills based primarily around kicking.