Kickboxing is a great workout that works almost every muscle in your body, but before getting started, here are a few pointers.
While kickboxing, stay on the balls of your feet and continually shift your weight from leg to leg. Make sure you don’t ever punch or kick to full extension—this protects your joints from hyperextension and helps burn more calories. You’ll also need to keep your core tight and move quickly for more calorie-burning oomph.
There are many kickboxing options out there, but here’s a sample of kickboxing moves:
Start with your left leg forward. Perform a shin block by bringing your knee up and elbow down in a crunching motion while keeping your hands in front of your face. Your knee and elbow of the same side should meet. Repeat 10 times. Switch your stance (and sides) and repeat another 10 times. While performing these, add some boxing jabs or crosses into the mix.
Perform a front kick—driving your knee up and then extending the leg straight forward. You can start with either leg and repeat this motion 10 times. Then switch your stance (and side) and repeat 10 times, while adding some boxing punches, jabs, hooks or uppercuts into the routine.
Next up is a high kick and some punches or uppercuts—whatever boxing throws you want to include. For the high kick, hop your rear leg to the front leg position while, at the same time, kicking your front foot up, and rotating your leg and hips to face sideways. Repeat 10 times for each side, adding punches or uppercuts intermittently.
Go ahead and kick it with these sample kickboxing moves!
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.