Kick Your Workout Up A Notch! 5 Ways Kickboxing Is AnAwesome Total Body Workout

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Everyone is looking for the workout that will whittle down the waist, tone the arms, lift the glutes, increase endurance, burn calories and get the heart rate up to achieve the maximum benefits of exercise. If you are still in search of a total body workout and haven’t tried kickboxing, here are 5 reasons to sign up and try a class today.

5 Stamina

A typical kickboxing class lasts anywhere from 50-60mins. You’ll get your heart rate into an incredible calorie-burning zone and keep it there to achieve the max benefits of cardiovascular training. Training like this will increase your stamina for other areas of your life. You will find you have more energy to complete your day and improved sleep patterns. Your aerobic fitness will improve as a result of this increased endurance, which promotes a healthy heart and lungs as well as brain function.

4 Cardio

Kickboxing most definitely adds a cardio element to promote a healthy heart and raises the metabolic rate to burn mega calories. This aerobic component also releases endorphins to reduce stress and depression and increase sex drive. In addition to getting aggression out you’ll also be improving your coordination and heart function.

3 Arms

The punch is not just about your bicep, the power comes from a strong back and shoulder stabilizers. The shoulder is a joint that moves every which way. Naturally this mobility is prone to injury if the muscles surrounding the joint are not strong enough to protect it. The series of punches associated with kickboxing will help strengthen these shoulder stabilizers for a healthier joint. Not only will this new found strength keep your shoulders in working order, but muscles will define your arms. Get big guns from kickboxing.

2 Legs

Whether the class you are taking incorporates a punching bag, pads or not, you are building strength and toning from the ground up. You might think more is happening on the working leg that’s kicking and jumping, but the supporting leg activates the glutes to tone as well. You are gaining not only powerful defined legs but improving balance, agility and joint health. Practice correct form and be mindful of your knees tracking over the middle toes when you bend and you will see the rewards in those stems.

1 Core

That means abs, abs support the spine and back and connect to leg movement. If you ever wanted to trim your waist from all angles this is the workout for you. Every punch, kick, elbow, knee, duck, dodge and block originates from a tight stable core. Your abs work at all times with every movement so you don’t have to drop down and do a million crunches. Work on that six pack while standing up.

Kickboxing will give you head to toe results. Start out taking a class a couple times a week supplemented with strength training on off days. Not only do you get all the benefits of a total body workout, you’ll also learn a thing or two about self-defense. It’s a fun class so achieve your prize fighting status today!

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