Cardio kickboxing class is a fun way to get a great full body workout. Cardio kickboxing can be a high intensity class without being high impact. It is definitely a program where you get out of it what you put into it. The Cardio Kickboxing classes that I teach in Columbus, WI are no contact, meaning that we do not hit each other but we may occassionaly hit and kick x-ray paper, hand pads, or body shields.
Cardio kickboxing class is different from martial arts training because the goal is very different. Cardio kickboxing is training for cardiovascular health. The goal is to get the heart rate up by repetitively working large muscle groups. Secondary goals include improving strength, balance and boosting metabolism. We do utilize moves from various forms of martial arts primarily Tae Kwon Do, however, we are not teaching martial arts in this class. You do not need to have a martial arts background to enjoy the benefits of Cardio Kickboxing. The majority of my students have no martial background whatsoever.
A typical class will include a warm up, 30-45 minutes of cardio, 10-15 minutes of toning and conditioning, and a cool down with a stretch.
There are four main kicks that we use in cardio kickboxing. They include a front snap kick, back kick, side kick, and a roundhouse kick. There are also four main punches which include jab, cross punch, hook, and uppercut. These can be used in various combinations to keep class interesting. They will also be combined with basic fitness exercises such as squats, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. Again, the goal is to get the heart rate up. There are modifications for each exercise to make it easier or harder depending on your personal fitness level and goals.
Common benefits of Cardio Kickboxing are improved cardiovascular health, improved strength, balance, endurance, and reduced body fat. Many students see reductions in waist and hip circumference, large gains in core strength, and a toned upper body.