Cardio Kickboxing: the Best Workout You Have Never Tried
most women hear the word kickboxing, the 1989 Jean Claude Van-Damme movie
appropriately entitled “Kickboxer” and it brutal fight scenes usually come to
mind. Don’t get me wrong I loved that movie and I even love kickboxing as a
sport but there is an entirely different type of kickboxing,
Kickboxing is just not for the men; in fact it is becoming increasingly popular
with the ladies and for good reason!
Cardio kickboxing provides nearly all the benefits of kickboxing without any
of the negative side effects such as getting punched in the face. Believe me;
getting punched in the face is extremely overrated. When kickboxing is used
primarily as a workout (as opposed to a contact sport) it provides numerous
heath and movement functionality benefits for women, not to mention that it is a
complete total body
workout! Want tone
Want that sexy flat
mid-section? Well, cardio kickboxing will help you reach your ideal body
quicker than most other fitness methods. Other kickboxing benefits include
weight loss, time
efficiency, motor skill improvement, increased
muscle growth, and
– Cardio Kickboxing is a form of High Intensity Training better known as
HIT. HIT has been
proven to be a superior form of training when compared to long slow
Don’t believe me, Google the images of sprinter versus marathoner. High
intensity training gives an individual the most bang for their “fitness
buck”. HIT is the most effective way to help women
lose weight and build muscle simultaneously. This is important because
not only do we want to lose weight but we also want to look good. A little
muscle ALWAYS looks better than zero muscle (skinny fat).
– Today’s women have to balance both work and family commitments and that
does not leave a lot of time for working out. When it feels like every
minute of every day is accounted for, wouldn’t it be nice if you did not
need to spend multiple hours in the gym in order to lose weight. Well, you
are in luck! Cardio kickboxing gives you a complete total body workout. In
fact women can burn up to 1200 calories in an hour. When a person can commit
to kickboxing 3 -4 times a week they will begin to see noticeable results in
their body composition in as little as three weeks. What other form of
exercise can you achieve these results from only working out 3 – 4 hours per
week? Even the busiest of us can spare 3 – 4 hours a week!
Motor skill improvement – This is
probably the most underrated benefit of kickboxing yet the most beneficial
to one’s quality of life. Whether it is our sedentary lifestyle or just a
fact of getting older, we humans once we hit our 30’s, slowly start to
become an uncoordinated mess. Our movements have become very stiff and
ridged as opposed to fluid. Think of the way a tiger moves in the wild. It
is very fluid and even beautiful, where as your typical 9 to 5 office
dweller waddles very “sloppily” through life and for most of these people,
just the thought of doing something athletic causes them to pull a muscle.
However when experienced kickboxers walk around, their general movements
closely resemble that of a tiger in the wild, their movement is extremely
fluid. Also, in my experience of the fitness world there is very little to
rival kickboxing in the motor skills improvement category especially for
women. Our bodies are our vehicle and we need to take care of and be able to
use our bodies to their full potential.
density – As we get older our bones start to become more fragile.
Even though it is unfair women are at a much great risk for
osteoporosis when compared to men. But once again kickboxing comes to
the rescue. Believe it or not our bones are a lot like muscles, if you don’t
use them you lose them. Our bones are stimulated through exercise such as
resistance or weight bearing movements and this stimulation encourages new
bone growth and increases the overall strength of our bones. A true cardio
kickboxing workout incorporates the use of a heavy bag (over 90-lbs).
Punching and kicking a heavy bag significantly increases the
of the training while minimizing the harmful hard impacts that can be
hard on an individual’s joints. Stronger bones mean we are less likely to
Muscle growth –
Increasing ones overall strength is probably the single most
important aspect for general fitness and quality of life. As in both sports
and life, if everything else is equal the stronger person will always come
out on top! Only the strong survive, right? Resistance training increases
muscle strength. In cardio kickboxing gyms such as CKO you are punching and
kicking a 125-lb heavy bag. These types of heavy bags provide a significant
amount of resistance and thus you are stimulating your muscles for the
entire workout. Most typical cardio type workouts such as running or
mainly work your cardio vascular system but provide little muscle
stimulation as those methods provide very little resistance. Stronger people
not only perform better, are less prone to injury, and they look better too!
Remember strong is the new skinny!
– Let’s be honest. Is there anything better than being really
strong and fit, having “cat like reflexes”, moving with a fluidity the way
the human body was designed to move, and let’s not forget looking extremely
sexy in a swim suit?! When you feel physically strong and look great, your
mental state improves positively. Whether it is being able to move like you
did back in your 20’s, or compliments from your significant other and/or
your co-workers, your increased confidence will be noticed!
Cardio kickboxing helps you lose weight, become injury proof,
tones musclee, improve your mental state and make you feel and look young
again! In the busy world of today why would you waste time doing anything else?
Remember life is too short to be in the gym for multiple hours a day. Cardio
kickboxing can positively change your life for the better!
Author: Garett Renon,
head trainer at CKO kickboxing’s Seattle location.
Dated 13 July 2012