Cardio Kick Boxing

November 3, 2009

Cardio Kick Boxing
Jumping, sweating, kicking, screaming. At first glance it looks like a “Chuck Norris meets The Aerobic Diva” movie dress rehearsal. That’s a close description of the latest cross training workout that makes you strong, fit and stress – free. The names you will recognize in clubs and videos and classes offered in gyms are: Jab Aerobics, Cardio Kickboxing and Aerobox. These are workouts that combine various styles of martial arts, traditional aerobic moves and strength exercises-wall push ups, knuckle push lunges and jumping rope.

Remember when you were 8 years old, you jumped rope for hours with your girlfriends singing rhymes and puzzles. Wow, what a blast that was. Did you know that jumping rope is one of the most efficient exercises there is? You work your cardiovascular system, build strong leg muscles, work your lungs and your entire respiratory system. An example of this is a boxer. They have great endurance even though they aren’t very lean or defined, they can move vigorously for quite a while. That’s why this type of a workout has become so popular.

Cardio Kick-boxing is an efficient workout. You gain strength, flexibility, reduce body fat, improve muscle tone and you’re given permission to work out your aggressions in a positive environment.

Here is a kickbox exercise that you can do at home that will help you develop strong shapely legs while working aerobically:

Heel Kicks :Tones the buns, legs, abs and thighs
Standing with your feet in a staggered position, four feet apart. Take your back leg and kick to the front pointing your toes, flexing your foot so you push through the heel. Lower the leg back to the starting position. Repeat seven more times on that leg, then switch to the other side for 8 repetitions. Do 4 sets per leg, alternating legs between each set of 8. You should start to work up sweat by now. You can maintain your balance by contracting your abdominals throughout the entire sequence. Inhale before you kick exhale during the kick.

Cross Jabs:Tighten your waistline , shapes your shoulders, upper back and chest.
Assume a fighting stance, feet shoulder width apart in a diagonal stance. Left foot forward. Knees slightly bent, hands in a fist under the chin, elbows bent. Extend your left fist forward punching at an imaginary object. Tighten abs with each punch. Drive the punch from the shoulder. Pull back and repeat. 16 total punches on the left then, switch to the right side. You can also do alternating punches. Right jab then left jab. Put on music that you think is fun and upbeat and start punching. Do one set for the upper body the lower body. Play , mix and match, have fun. Go to your local video store and check out some videos. The key to fitness is variety and fun. I guarantee if you follow a lowfat, low sugar diet and drink 2 quarts of water per day and combine these exercises aerobic power walking with the two kickboxing exercises you will have knockout legs in 4-6 weeks.

There you have it, the next time you have an unbearable day, say a prayer and then put on some music and start punching.

About the Author:
Victoria Johnson is the nation’s premier Health & Fitness and Wealth & Spirit “activist.” Victoria is the owner and president of Victoria Johnson Intl., a personal training, consulting, marketing and management company. She is not only a fitness guru, she’s a born and bred entrepreneur. She believes everyone should be healthy and prosperous. She has produced and starred in over 24 award-winning exercise and dance fitness DVD’s and videos, produced and starred in her own television show entitled “Victoria’s Body Shoppe” and most recently authored her third book, Body Revival, Lose Weight, Feel Great and Pump Up Your Faith! 

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