Shayna Schmidt | Jan. 25, 2018

Kickboxing is a type of fitness training that combines moves from boxing, karate, martial arts and aerobic training. While it does take elements from martial arts and boxing, there is no body contact involved in this routine. Kickboxing moves are done repetitively at a fast pace, causing heart and respiratory rates to rise. Because of this, it qualifies as a moderate to high-intensity cardiovascular workout that utilizes the major muscle groups and burns a lot of calories. Kickboxing helps exercisers gain better balance, power and agility. Experts who have studied the sport say nearly everyone - even older folks who may typically shy away from such power moves - can benefit from throwing punches!

According to the American Council of Exercise, a person weighing 135 pounds will burn 350-400 calories in a 50 minute class. Classes usually follow a format involving a 10 minute warm-up, repetitive movements of punching and kicking drills mixed with athletic conditioning, followed by a stretching and cool-down segment. Those engaging in this sport learn how to gauge distance when landing punches and kicks. Most moves will be practiced on bags to help with landing the moves on a particular object. Unlike most other types of exercise, kickboxing emphasizes powerful movements. Power is different from strength, and for older adults, it’s an even better indicator of mobility and someone’s risk for falls. 

Kickboxing can allow you to:

  • Defend yourself in an emergency situation
  • Improve coordination and balance
  • Increase flexibility
  • Strengthen neuromuscular control over the body
  • Improve mobility
  • Release stress
  • Tone muscle
  • Lose weight
  • Improve night sleep

Kickboxing is a high-impact workout targeting the entire body. There is a good chance you will "burn out" your arms through multiple sets of of uppercuts and jabs and your legs and glutes via side and roundhouse kicks. While there are so many good benefit of kickboxing, this type of exercise should be avoided if knee or back injuries exist.

Ask your Livekick trainer about how to incorporate kickboxing and other power moves into your exercise routine!