• Kickboxing your way into shape

    Your heart is pounding. You are breathless. You are drenched in sweat. Your hair is messy with it. Your clothes stick to you. You feel icky. You stink. Your body feels like a furnace. You are drained. You are a mess. You have just burned 700 calories! Kickboxing may be a good idea to lose all that weight.

    You could say it’s an acquired taste. It is so intense that some people flat out don’t like it and some people are instantly addicted. It is so physically rewarding that when you throw a punch you are required to use muscles in your arm that you did not know existed. Forearm, biceps, triceps, shoulders, lats, and upper back and the twisting motion work your core abs, lower back and thighs. I’m sure fitness geeks will agree that gym equipment cannot work that many muscles all at once! Like wise with every kick, you work muscles from your abs to your toes. It’s just about working out smart!

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    It focuses on three aspects. The Physical, Mental and Emotional. The physically strenuous kicking and punching releases a ton of built up emotional tension, and the focus needed to get through the workout tests your mental strength. Kickboxing is not about pre-workouts and protein shakes to be able to get through it; it is about aligning your mind, your body and your breath, to work for you. 50 minutes is a rather short time in a larger perspective. If you neglect any one aspect, you would not be able to perform optimally.

    Currently, one popular form of kickboxing is known as aerobic or cardiovascular (cardio) kickboxing, which combines elements of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics to provide overall physical conditioning and toning. Unlike other types of kickboxing, cardio kickboxing does not involve physical contact between competitors — it’s a cardiovascular workout that’s done because of its many benefits to the body.

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    Many people experience a love-hate relationship with kickboxing. The workout is so demanding that at every opportunity your mind gets, it tells you you cannot do it. Every 3-minute round has you questioning your strength and you wonder how much longer you can go on. And then, you raise the threshold. And you’re kicking with every inch of energy you can muster. The timer goes. You are intensely alive. It’s a high you’ve never experienced, feeling strong and confident about stretching yourself beyond your limits.

    The relationship between you and your workout corresponds to your inner self. Every little crack to the physical mental and emotional limits eventually establishes a balance, which leads to individual transformation and empowerment, making it a far bigger experience.