Have you tried kickboxing yet? You should. From strengthening your core, to building cardio endurance to making you feel strong, here are 10 reasons to sign up for a class today!
1. Cardio That’s Actually Fun
How many people actually enjoy running on a treadmill? No one (unless you’re crazy, haha)! You always hear of people dreading the inevitable cardio days. Well, kickboxing could take the place of that! Instead of watching the time count down on the treadmill screen, you could be hitting a bag to get your cardio in.
2. Goes By Fast
They always say, “Time goes by fast when you’re having fun!” That couldn’t be more true with kickboxing workouts. You will be too busy moving around the bag to even look up at the clock. Music will be blasting, your heart will be racing and sweat will be dripping! When the workout is over, I promise you’ll be saying, “Really? That flew by!”
3. Strengthens Your Core
Every move you make on the bag, whether it’s a punch or roundhouse kick, your core will be engaged. This is where your power comes from. The harder you hit a bag, the more your core is activated. No other cardio workouts will involve your core as much as kickboxing does.
4. Tones Your Body
Kickboxing won’t only strengthen your core, it will melt that fat and tone every muscle group on your body. Every punch will work the shoulders, biceps, triceps, and chest! Every kick will engage your quads, glutes, hamstrings and definitely the calves! The best part about it is that you don’t even realize it, until the next day! Also, most kickboxing classes involve an “on and off the bag” type workout. This adds even more of a strength training component to the class.
5. Crushes Calories
“A 125-pound person burns an average of 600 calories in an hour of kickboxing, according to Harvard Health Publications. In the same amount of time, someone who weighs 155 pounds can burn 744 calories kickboxing, and a 185-pound person burns 888 calories.” Depending on one’s body composition, age, and ability, the calorie burn will range, but no matter where you are at there is no doubt you’ll be burning fat every drop of sweat that hits the mat!
6. Improves Coordination
When first learning kickboxing it can be a little difficult for some more than others. In classes you will be instructed to lead with your left or right foot, throw a jab, cross, hook, or upper cut punch, along with many different lower body strikes, and then adding it all together for endless amounts of combinations on the bag! This is clearly a workout for our mind as well. With every move you make, you will never be standing still and this leads you to improve on not only coordination, but balancing, too!
7. Relieves Stress
Have you ever got so mad or stressed you could just hit something? Well, now you actually can! Like any workout, kickboxing will help release those happy endorphins that naturally aid us in stress relief. A big factor in why people will hit plateaus in their weight loss is because of stress. When our bodies are stressed, it releases cortisol, a hormone that helps in balancing our metabolism. When our minds are under stress, cortisol is released as our mind is telling our body it needs more of it, thus leading to a lower metabolism.
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8. Boosts Confidence
As kickboxing releases a crazy amount of those endorphins, it boosts our mood for the day! When you gain the strength and skills on the bag, it gives you a indescribable feeling of self confidence knowing that you can take on anything and anyone! This workout has been a trend in the weight-loss community and if you are someone who is looking to lose weight, you will with kickboxing! When you look better, you feel better, it is as simple as that!
9. Self Defense
All of the skills that you learn in kickboxing come from traditional mixed martial arts training, which is where most self defense classes also get their moves! Kickboxing is even better than self defense training as your mind and body experience the usage of jabs and kicks to the point that they become second nature. In a self defense class, it isn’t normally taught with the speed and reaction time that one needs in an event to use self defense. Therefore, you learn skills that could become handy to you (but hopefully not)!
10. Makes You Feel Like a BADASS!
That truly doesn’t need any more explanation than that!
So, if you are tired and bored of doing the same redundant cardio routine, mix it up. And if you want a fun way to get slim down and tone up your body, kickboxing is for YOU!
About the author: Taylor Salewske is kickboxing instructor who lost over 50 pounds in 6 months when starting cardio kickboxing workouts in 2016. “It absolutely changed my life and I haven’t felt better,” she said. Now she is a kickboxing instructor. “My goal is to make my workouts fun, and to inspire a lifestyle change through bettering ourselves with fitness, nutrition and mental health,” she said.
Photos by Cory Wilaby