Have you ever thought of trying boxing? Kickboxing? I’m not talking about turning you into Rocky Balboa and putting you in the ring for a fight until TKO.
I’m talking about boxing and kickboxing for fitness. I can already feel your hesitation because I’ve had most people resist or turn down my initial offer to introduce them to fitness boxing or kickboxing, I am, however, very persuasive and manage to convince them to give it a try. In 9 years of training fitness, boxing and kickboxing, I’ve never had a client who didn’t enjoy this type of workout. In fact, they’ve always come back for more.
Still not sure? Some common excuses I’ve heard are: “I’m too old to do boxing”, “I’m not in good enough shape to box”, “I’m looking for a full body work out”.
There is really no age limit. I box with children as young as 8 years old to women in their sixties and men and women of all ages in between.
The intensity of your workouts will be based on your fitness level and can increase the more fit you become. You can always hit and kick harder and faster.
While there are different types of great fitness classes such as Cardio Kickboxing and Kickboxing Fusion, I’ve always preferred the one on one or small groups classes where the participants are hitting and kicking focus pads while wearing gloves.
There are so many great aspects to fitness kickboxing:
Punching and kicking builds strength in your arms and legs. Kickboxing engages most of the muscles groups in you body. When throwing punches and kicks you are engaging your core which will improve balance and stability. The continuous movement in kickboxing improves co-ordination and reflexes.
Fitness Boxing is really an excellent cardio workout. It tends to be a high-intensity training that will improve your cardiovascular fitness and endurance. It is definitely a positive way to get out aggressions and stress. There is just something so satisfying about hitting those pads. Combine that feeling with the release of all those feel good chemicals that come with physical exercise and you are pretty much guaranteed to leave a class feeling better.
Boxing is no longer an “old boys club” sport and cardio kickboxing classes are offered at most gyms. Try something new, mix it up, find something you like!!