INTRODUCTION TO CARDIO KICKBOXING
Cardio kickboxing combines elements and disciplines of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics to provide a total body conditioning and toning class. It incorporates a variety of kicks and punches, typically performed to upbeat music. Depending on the instructor, classes may incorporate jump rope or other conditioning drills, such as jumping jacks, football shuffles, and running on the spot.
POINTERS FOR YOUR FIRST CLASS
One of the most important parts of cardio kickboxing is your stance. The instructor should go over the proper way to stand to balance your body and maximize the power of your kicks and punches.
A typical stance is with feet shoulder-width apart at a slight angle (one foot set back from the other). Fists should be made with the thumbs on the outsides of the fingers and arms should be in the ready position with hands besides the cheeks to guard the face. This is the ready stance you will typically return to after each punch or kick.
The punches typically are the jab, cross, hook, and uppercut, and the most popular kicks are the front kick, side kick, and roundhouse. The class will start with a warm-up, focusing on learning the proper form and technique of different punches and kicks, progress to a cardio section, where different kicks and punches will be combined, and end with a cool-down and stretch.
Fun Fact - Kickboxing originated from Japan as a combination of Muay Thai and Karate
Fun fact - The first few kick boxing tournaments held in the US had no weight divisions
Try out Kickboxing today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR/bring
Wear something that allows you to stay cool and comfortable:
- a tank top, or T-shirt.
- cross-trainers or aerobic shoes
- water bottle