Kickboxing is a great way to stay in shape and keep exercise fresh and exciting. There are two types, contact (sparring) and non-contact. Each has their differences but both share common benefits. Here are 5 reasons to join a kickboxing club.
Kickboxing workouts involve your entire body and require you to be in constant motion for an extended period of time. This keeps your heart rate elevated similar to when jogging but what is unique is that it throws in bursts of intensity that closely resemble sprinting. Few workouts give this effect and as a result, few workouts can burn calories like them. Kickboxing routines not only burn calories but also build both muscular and cardiovascular endurance.
Kickboxing requires the use of both arms and legs. Learning to kick can be a bit awkward at first, but nobody is born doing it correctly and everyone looks a little silly the first time. But this is no reason to shy away, learning to kick improves stability in the knees and ankles as one leg stays planted while the other moves toward the target. It also improves the range of motion in the hips. As you learn to kick, your muscles will stretch and overtime you will be able to kick higher and higher. Lack of flexibility can put unnecessary stress on joints and can lead to muscle imbalances, poor posture and even injury. Kickboxing is a great way to stay limber and improve overall health.
Both punching and kicking require you to twist in an explosive manner. The power from both comes from driving with your legs, rotating your hips, and transferring that momentum into one of your limbs you. This repetitive motion over time helps build abdominal muscles and even works sections that are hard to isolate. This is a great way to break out of that boring floor routine of planks and sit ups and build abs without even thinking about it.
learning a skill is always rewarding. Being able to do something that you know at one time you couldn’t is about as satisfying as it gets when it comes to physical fitness (besides having a six-pack and looking like Kate Hudson right?) Kickboxing is a valid form of self-defense and depending on what gym you choose and the instructor, it can be quite practical. You may not want to be the next Ronda Rousey, but you can at least have some piece of mind in knowing how to throw a good punch.
Fun and Enjoyment
Above all others, kickboxing is fun and a great way to break up the monotony of a gym. Whether you’re sparring 3 times a week or just hitting the bag in a cardio class, there are so many techniques to learn and routines to mix up. You can even experiment with different styles and martial arts and who knows; maybe you’ll find a passion for learning and teaching kickboxing.
Now to figure out how to start kickboxing — find a gym, a class or a heavy bag and start kicking!