If you’ve never heard of cardio kickboxing or have heard of it but never tried it, you don’t yet know how much you can get out of this form of exercise. It is practiced by exercisers worldwide and has many benefits over other forms of exercise.
What Is Cardio Kickboxing?
This is a form of exercise that can be done alone or in a group. It involves using your legs to kick outward while balancing on the other foot. It is simply a cardio version of the sport known as kickboxing.
You use your arms in cardio kickboxing, punching the air as if in combat. When you are doing it right, it looks as though you are in a kicking and punching contest with someone except that the “someone” isn’t actually there.
Cardio kickboxing is a sport that involves a lot of cardiovascular endurance and speed. Once you start, you keep going until you have completed a half hour of training or become exhausted. In the beginning, you won’t be able to go very fast and your balance will be poor but eventually you will be able to balance on the ball of one foot while kicking with the other. You will be able to go faster and burn more calories.
Tips For Success
In order to do this exercise successfully and remain uninjured, there are things you need to know. For example, you need to remain on the balls of your feet, shifting your weight from one side to the other. You should also not punch with your arms or kick with your legs in full extension. Always pull back so that your joints remain soft. This protects your joints from injuries due to hyperextension of the joints and it increases the calories you burn during the exercise.
The core of your body should remain tight as you exercise. This helps you keep in balance and will allow you to use the maximum degree of force as you push and pull your extremities in a fight-like action. When your core is tight, you can strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen while also increasing the strength of your extremities.
The hand motions should be jabbing motions, with your hand outstretched and your elbows slightly flexed. You can also use a cross motion, in which you punch with your arm starting behind you and crossing over the front of your body as though you were punching someone in the abdomen or chest.
The hook motion is done with your arm and involves making a high swing-like motion as if you were aiming at a person’s head or jaw. An uppercut is a hand motion similar to a hook except you are aiming your hand at the opponent’s face.
With kicking, there is the shin block. This brings the knees straight up and your hands/elbows down in front of your face so that the elbows and knees meet and touch each other on the same side of the body as the leg that is kicking. When you “knee” someone, you bring your knee up while pulling the imaginary opponent down onto the kicked out knee.
A front kick involves extending your leg straight out to the front, falling short of actually bringing your knee into full extension. A high kick involves rotating your kicking leg and your hips so you are sideways to your component and kicking out to the side.
You should be switching your feet so that you kick with both of your legs approximately the same number of times, using the other leg for balance. This improves your overall balance and keeps you from overworking one leg over another.
Cardio kickboxing burns more than 400 calories per twenty-minute workout. This means you are burning almost 20 calories a minute if you continuously punch and kick the whole time. It is an excellent form of exercise that also helps you if you would be attacked by an assailant and of course, helps strengthen the heart.
The use of all major muscle groups during a cardio kickboxing workout allows you to build and tone muscles all over your body for a hard and lean physique.