Kickboxing: Power in Movement
Jan 01, 2019 08:30AM
● By Jason Huddle
Kickboxing: Power in Movement
Imagine putting on the gloves and punching out your stress. Peppered among those jabs and uppercuts are roundhouse and side kicks. The result may be O.K.D.: Obsessive Kickboxing Disorder.
i Love Kickboxing has come to Cabarrus County and franchise owner, Dana White, is excited about what it brings to the community.
Kickboxing is a high-intensity hybrid martial art derived from karate and boxing, so it uses both your arms and legs. Burning some 350 to 450 calories per hour, it’s amped-up cardio that targets areas of the body like the core, arms and legs, and the buttocks. In conjunction, balance, flexibility, coordination and strength are improved.
According to i Love Kickboxing, what they bring to the table is relief from the boredom of working out, getting people motivated to keep coming back to the gym.
“Boredom is the number one reason people stop working out,” White says. “So we get to work creating a workout that is never boring…and always fun, engaging, challenging and exciting. We do a DJ night-themed class each month where we have a live DJ come in for the classes. Our members have a blast. We also do challenges and contests consistently throughout the year to keep them engaged and motivated as they crush their fitness goals.”
Class sizes at i Love Kickboxing typically fall between 15 and 30 people (90 percent of which are women), and classes are offered six days a week for those 13 and older. Most members work out one to three times weekly.
“Our classes are designed to allow our members to train ‘at their own pace’ while, at the same time, giving the advanced student the opportunity to challenge themselves,” its website notes.
“We have created a tight-knit community among positive, inspiring men and women who fight every day to make their bodies and their lives better. It’s a place for accountability where passionate instructors really do care about you and your goals,” White adds.
An i Love Kickboxing workout begins with the warm-up. Exercises to loosen up the body include squats, lunges, jumping squats, double lunges, push-ups, burpees (squat thrusts) and abdominals.
Bag work is next and embodies hand and foot work with the bag. Then partner drills see members teaming up. “This part of class always gets tons of laughter and smiles. You’ll team up with a fellow member and have fun with exciting drills that get you both burning calories and having a blast,” the i Love Kickboxing website says.
Classes finish with conditioning exercises and the cool-down. “Our class is not a ‘follow the leader/punch the air’ cardio class,” White explains. “It is a well-balanced workout consisting of cardio training and resistance training to help you burn fat and tone muscle in a short amount of time. Cardio can be an important part of a fat loss program, but you need to develop lean muscle tissue to really turn your body into a fat melting machine. The only really effective way to do that is through resistance training.”
Studies.com says, “Kickboxing involves lots of rapid movement and can easily increase your heart rate to a similar pace as running. Kickboxing often uses interval training, where participants exercise at peak output for 30 seconds to a couple of minutes and then rest. This type of training is called high-intensity interval training and has been shown to be especially good for burning calories and increasing cardiovascular fitness.
“Studies have shown that after only five weeks of kickboxing, cardiovascular health can be greatly
improved. Participants increased their VO2 max, a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen a person can use during physical activity. A greater VO2 max means your body is more efficient at getting oxygen and using it, so you can generate more energy and, thus, more movement.”
Nutrition is a vital component of kickboxing. “What you eat certainly plays a crucial role in hitting your fitness goals,” White says. “We realize this can be the toughest part for most. Having to go grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, eating the same meals every week...it can really hold us back from getting the body we truly want. That being said, we have partnered with Fresh Meal Plan (freshmealplan.com/code/likesouthconcord).
Livestrong.com says, “Kickboxing is an anaerobic activity, made up of short bursts of intense activity followed by short rest periods. Anaerobic activity requires far fewer carbohydrates and more protein than aerobic activity.
“There is no magic food for kickboxing. Success comes from a complete diet. Your carbohydrates should be complex, as opposed to refined products like sugar and white bread. Protein should come from natural sources as much as possible. If you can’t get enough protein from lean meats, consider supplementing your protein intake with whey powder shakes. Look for nuts rich in monounsaturated fats, and sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and grass-fed meats.”
You don’t need to already be in peak physical shape to take on kickboxing but physical therapist Ross Brakeville says, “You can expect a physically demanding workout, especially if you go all-out for an hour-long class. Not ready for that? You and your instructor can modify kickboxing to meet your needs. Work at your own pace. Start slow and drink water before, during and after your workout. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
White adds, “The result is a bag-hitting, adrenaline-flowing workout that anyone can do – no matter your age or fitness level. You strap on real gloves and learn pro moves that make you feel like a rock star – and get lean and toned like a fighter (without ever having to fight!).”
Concord’s i love Kickboxing is located at 3461 Highway 601 S. Call 704-251-7903 for more information and membership pricing.
Article by: Kim Cassell
Photos Courtesy: i Love Kickboxing