If you've seen professional UFC fighters or traditional boxers in action, you can witness the benefits of fight training. They must have the stamina both to fight for extended periods and to take punishment from their opponents, as well as the strength and speed to defeat them.
Luckily, you can avail yourself through their training methods and possibly fight your way out of a bad situation--without the bad parts of training to fight (such as getting hit)--by attending kickboxing fitness classes.
What types of activities can you expect in kickboxing fitness classes?
Before you can begin taking out your latent personal and social frustrations on a heavy bag, speed bag, or punching mitt, you need to get in shape.
This may lead to impatience in those who wish to immediately begin kicking and punching, but is absolutely necessary to minimize the risks of injuries from kickboxing activities.
Conditioning will begin with warming up and stretching your muscles. They must be loose and supple before engaging in rigorous activity. This may involve leg and back stretches as well as shoulder and wrist rotations, preparation for snapping out rapid punches and kicks.
Kickboxing depends upon your entire body being strong and all muscles working in harmony. This begins with your legs. You cannot have power in your punches or kicks without a strong base.
Leg work may involve lunges and jumping rope, which provides strength, endurance, and rhythmic footwork--all essential in kickboxing.
A strong core, which involves the abdominal muscles, is an absolute must in kickboxing training. Your core is the pivot point for all punching and kicking movements and also supports your spine and prevents back strain.
Core exercises may include the basics such as crunches and leg raises or may incorporate some static (contracting the muscles without movement) exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles.
What about the kickboxing?
After you are warmed up and limber, you will learn basic punching and kicking techniques. You will begin by learning how to maintain a proper stance and keep yourself balanced.
You will first learn basic punches and kicks and how to execute them with proper form. You will then learn combinations of various punches and kicks.
After you have practiced punching and kicking with proper form and footwork, you will progress to wrapping your hands and striking the bags.
You will likely begin by striking punching mitts that are being worn by an instructor. This teaches you how to hit a moving target and anticipate movement of the target without loosing your balance or sacrificing proper footwork.
You may then move on to a double ended speed bag, which has electric cords on top and bottom and is deceptively difficult to hit.
The heavy bag is last, and develops power in your punches and kicks, while providing aerobic conditioning. Like the double-ended speedbag; it's harder than it looks and provides an intense workout as well as a cathartic release of aggression and stress.
As an added bonus, you feel like an invincible warrior when you leave the gym, and you don't have any nastybattle scars. You can't ask for more than that in a fitness class.Share
20 March 2017
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