Your core is very important. As we get older our core must stay strong to help us keep moving. Im going to jump right to muscles I think most people over look, the upper and lower back. I would like to share a personal experience. I train every day, and at one point I was getting very bad headaches and my upper back was really hurting. A physical therapist told me to think about what I was doing all the time. Everything I did was pushing forward, all my kicks, punches, punching the bag, push ups....... But I never worked on the opposite muscle groups which were my upper back. So my upper back was weak and it was trying to compete against my chest and abs and it was getting fatigued and knotting up. So I strengthened my upper back and over time my headaches went away and the pain did to. Think about sitting up straight in your chair, I don't know about you but after a while my back starts to get tired. That is because your muscles are weak. Think about this, how do you stand up straight? What muscles make you stand up straight? Your back. So for that reason I like to incorporate lower and upper back exercises into my kickboxing class. We are not lifting a ton a weight, we mainly just use resistances bands, but it is just to get the point across that this is important to focus on.
Tonights class was rockin! We had another new student tonight and she picked everything up fast ! Afterwards I explained to her that this is how every class is. She said GREAT, this is exactly what I was looking for. We do a cardio warm up, we do some exercises for your arms, legs, back, and abs, then we stretch , and then we hit the bags for the rest of class. My goal is to keep you moving for the entire 60 minutes. There is no stopping to hold pads for someone, there is no jumping spinning karate kicks... It is a super fun workout that anyone, and I mean anyone, can do. Its just punching and kicking, you get to decide how hard your punch and kick. This will determine how great your workout is. Well I encourage you a little throughout the class. haha.
I once ran on a treadmill and the person I was with was tired and I was tired also. They asked me if the kickboxing I do was more difficult then that. I responded with a immediate yes! Don't get me wrong, running was challenging, especially because it was on a incline. But I tried to explain why the kickboxing was so much more intense. The reason I came up with was because it uses many muscle groups all at once. You are working your legs, abs, obliques, lower back, upper back, chest, and arms all at the same time. And when you do a punch or a kick you are putting all of your effort into it. It is kind of like sprinting on the inline. It is a lot of fun and a killer workout.
Just the other day I saw a student that has not been in for class in a while. She told me she had been busy and time got away from her. But she told me she would be coming in for class later that night. She happened to be with a friend and I told her to bring her friend along to class so she can try it. I even reminded her she would get 5 free classes if she signed up. Her friend jokingly laughed and said yeah right, me..... do kickboxing.... I would die. I am so out of shape. Now I understand that not everyone will like our fitness kickboxing class, and that is fine. But I wanted to find out why this friend said what she said and also if she was even interested in starting an exercise routine. It turns out she was interested in losing weight and all that, but she was just afraid that she would not be able to do the class. This is a belief I want to try and change among people. Everyone has to start somewhere and my kickboxing class is great for a couple of reasons. One is that I help you through your first couple classes to help you get the punches and kicks. I know how challenging it can be to learn something new like this. Also there is no expectation that you have to do X amount of push ups and X amount of laps. You do what you can and I am there to tell you to do 1 more :) That is how progress is made. After hearing all of this her friend said that sounds great. So I am glad I helped her to understand more about my class.
You hear this work "core" a lot. Developing a strong core is important to your health and your every day activity. When we say core we are talking about all the muscles around the middle of your body: abs, obliques, and lower back. During our kickboxing classes we do exercises that target these muscle groups to help strengthen them. Then we get into the class and we are working on punching and kicking combinations. The great thing about this is our instructors teach you how to engage you core muscles with every punch and kick. So you are twisting your hips into every punch and kick. It is not the easiest thing to do at first. But once you get it you really feel the difference in your workout. Great things take time and your fitness is a great thing to make good :)
Do you know all the benefits of exercising ? Of course we know working out is good. But I wanted to remind everyone of 2 things. #1- Exercising helps improve brain function. It is proven that physically active people are more productive at work. When you exercise chemicals get released in your brain that help you focus and because of that we see increased productivity at work. #2 - It is a stress reliever. Again exercising releases certain chemicals that help alleviate stress. In the case of our fitness kickboxing classes, what better way to get get rid of stress then to hit something :) We have gloves on when we hit the bags so you can't hurt your hand. Its great! That is all for today but these are 2 very important things to remember about working out.
Now that it is getting hotter it is important to remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Think about how much you sweat in class. You have to replace all that fluid that you lost. And before that, you have to have that fluid in your body to sweat it out. Loading up on water right before class isn't as good as drinking water consistently throughout the day. I want to make sure all my kickboxers are super ready for classes and don't get sick from not drinking enough water.
I was just talking to some students the other day and they reminded me about last year when we were the runner up for the best in delco. After only 5 short years of being opened we were the runner up. I was happy and excited that this happened, but I was more proud that me and our staff have been able to help enough people to make that happen. We love what we do. We do not work do much with everyone to win a award or because it is just a job. This is what we love to do. Thank you all for those votes and maybe this we will win. If we don't, its ok, we will just continue the same awesome classes as always :)
Burning calories is what you hear all the time and this is the key to losing weight or burning fat. Your body needs energy to work and we call our bodies energy, calories. Keeping your heart rate up throughout your kickboxing class will ensure you get the maximum results from your class. Our instructors encourage and push you to keep moving during the entire class. Even doing the punches and kicks slower is better then standing still or sitting. Once you get the that point when you feel like you have to sit down, that is the point where you make the most progress. It takes time to learn how to get there and pace yourself so you can get the maximum calorie burn from your kickboxing class. It is definitely not easy, but its worth it.
I hear from time to time that people start our kickboxing classes and they do not lose weight. In some cases they see their weight go up a little. The first question I ask is " are your clothes fitting more looser?" In my case every time the answer was yes.....? Confused? Ill explain. The fact is that muscle weighs more then fat. Our fitness kickboxing classes are a great combination of cardio and muscle strengthening, or toning if you prefer that. We are not lifting weights, we are just doing a high energy workout that causes you to burn fat and in the process we are doing exercises that help you build tone muscle. So what happens is you lose some fat your pants fit better and you replace that with tine muscle and the number you see on the scale might not actually change. This is just one more reason you will love our fitness kickboxing classes.