cardio kickboxing

Cardio Kickboxing – Exercising Made Fun

As a trainer and health coach I’m always looking at new ways to blast fat and challenge the body. Having an exercise or sport that can do this and be fun at the same time, well that has to be nearly one of the best feelings in the world!

If you don’t know what I mean, even if you’re super busy I really believe you need to step back and re-evaluate how you are spending your time in a day. Probably like me you feel frustrated at times with work getting in the way of your health, if only there was more time in a day right?

One thing that is for certain is that the fitter you are the more energy you have during the day. In turn, you are more efficient with your work and only address the most important tasks first. With this in mind you realize that you need to schedule your training sessions like you do your meetings or like you do for picking up your kid from school.

Ok, now imagine you find a sport that not only gets your heat racing, your muscles working in every direction, your sweat pouring, but also gives you an ecstatic feeling of accomplishment at the end of your session! This is what cardio kickboxing if like for more and more people every day.

Benefits of Cardio Kickboxing

Cardio – well the cardio component comes in because we’re talking fast paced movements using your arms, legs and your core to stabilize you. All your muscles from your head to toe are activated when you’re punching and kicking…as a result you benefit the most from spending time doing cardio kickboxing.

Fat burning – since all your muscles are being activated with high intensity your body is going to utilize fat for energy almost instantly. Thought getting a 6-pack was impossible? Think again!

Increased coordination – you will notice that your hand-eye coordination will improve dramatically within only a couple weeks of cardio kickboxing. Focusing on hitting your trainer’s punching mitt with your fist and foot will do wonders with your agility. Stop being a cluts for good!

Strength development – with the cardio component and agility your body will become smarter with how to exert the most force with the muscle you have. As a result your strength will sky-rocket to new levels and you’ll notice that any fat you have around your arms or legs will quickly transform into defined muscle. Women will get rid of wobbly fat under their arms and cellulite in their legs while guys will notice a pump in their biceps and their quadriceps grow with serious definition.

Stress reduction – had a bad day? What better way to get out all your frustrations, stresses and angers with punching and kicking a bag. End result…there is no way in hell you can leave a cardio kickboxing class with feelings that you have been overcome by a bad day! You will win!

Self-defense – let’s not forget that kickboxing will dramatically improve your confidence in protecting yourself if there was ever the need. Or what if you’re caught in a burning house and need to kick down a door? Sure not likely, but at least you can get some super-hero strength with training in kickboxing!

Cardio Kickboxing Tips

Warm-up adequately – It’s really important to get a light sweat going before you jump into a cardio kickboxing class. Get on a treadmill and do a light jog for just 5minutes…that’s all you need to warm up your muscles and get them ready for the intensity of cardio kickboxing. Since kickboxing is quite intense I recommend that you have a protein smoothie with BCAA’s about an hour before and after training as this will help nourish and strengthen your muscles with the amino acids they need – try this powerful mix: Platinum HydrobuilderScivation Xtend.

Drink lots of water and bring a towel – you are going to sweat up a storm and it’s important to keep your muscles hydrated so you get the most out of your session. Of course, remember to bring a towel as you don’t want others people sweat jumping at you either.  If you are feeling sluggish and not motivated than try this new pre-workout energy booster that is made of all natural ingredients and won’t cause you to crash afterwards – Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer.

Voice your concern if it’s too intense – don’t be shy to stand back and ask for a minute to catch your breath. Sure the trainer is there to push you, but it’s important you know your limits, soon enough those limits will be shattered!

Stretch afterwards – trust me on this one you’re going to want to spend at least 5-10 minutes after a cardio kickboxing class to stretch out your arms, legs, and back. This will reduce your soreness the next day and allow your muscles to relieve all the built up tension. If you are finding that you are quite sore for a while after than you may also want to try some recovery supplements like Muscle Pharm Recon or Superior Amino 2222.

Conclusion of Exercising Made Fun with Cardio Kickboxing

It’s funny how you don’t realize all the benefits of something until you sit down and write about it! I’ve started training with kickboxing only a few months ago (where my punches were completely unimpressive) and it’s become a sport that I enjoy immensely and get incredible results from. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a try and let me know what you think!