Kickboxing is a fun way to lose weight and keep fit. Not only do you learn skills that may come in handy one day, you also burn a lot of calories.
You can burn anywhere from 600 to 800 calories in just one kickboxing class! Here’s why:
1. You work out your entire body
When you are kickboxing, you are basically working on every major muscle group in your body. This means that there is a lot more of your body involved in the exercise. When you punch, you work on your upper body and when you kick, you are working on your lower body. This is part of what makes kickboxing such an intense workout session: you are working out muscles from all the major muscle groups at the same time. Also, when you are rotating and pivoting, you strengthen your core muscles.
2. You blast fat through built-in interval training
Research has proven that shorter, high-intensity cardio sessions lead to greater fat loss over a period of time than longer, low-intensity sessions. The rhythm of a kickboxing class naturally incorporates interval training, giving you time to catch your breath between high intensity cardio sessions. When you work through a combination of kicks and pauses, you pause then do the combination again.
3. You get resistance from the heavy bag
If you take a cardio kickboxing class at a gym, you’re just punching in the air. But if you take a real kickboxing class at Urban Martial Arts, you’ll use a Wavemaster (or heavy bag). The bag gives you a lot of resistance, which means that you will use more energy and strength to hit the bag, all leading to you burning more calories.
4. You amp it up through plyometric training
Plyometrics is a term used to describe superfast explosive movements. Kickboxing classes at Urban Martial Arts are full of plyometric exercises like burpees and jump squats. Plyometrics help your weight loss process because it makes your muscles more elastic and supple, allowing you to handle workouts of increasing intensity a lot more efficiently. This is one of the big reasons why kickboxing classes are great for weight loss. Even after class is over, you’ll still feel the effects.
5. The class pushes through your imagined limits
When you work out on your own, there is not really a lot of motivation to really push yourself to the max. In fact when you work out on your own, it can be difficult to complete any regimented workout schedule. But in a group class atmosphere like the one provided at Urban Martial Arts, you’re not only motivated by the instructor, but by the sense of community you have from other members. This mean that you are far more likely to push through whatever limits you think are constraining you and burn even more calories.
Kickboxing is quite possibly the best work out that there is today. It is high intensity, burns a lot of calories and leaves you feeling good even while your metabolism remains high after the class. It really is a win-win.
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