The square jungle...a name that fighters affectionately call the boxing or kickboxing ring. Once within the ropes, there is no escape from your opponent or your fears. Two fighters face each other and sometimes, only one will remain standing at the end of the fight. Some call the encounter between the two gladiators poetry in motion, as a ballet of pounding fists and feet find their mark on the other person's body and face. Others call it a brutal, unforgiving sport. No matter what your opinion is, there is no denying that many of these fighters possess some of the finest physiques in sports.
Ever wonder how these boxers and kickboxers get and stay in
The boxing or kickboxing workout is equally suitable for men, women and children of all ages. Some of the benefits are:
Great as a cardiovascular work-out
- Effective in assisting weight loss or weight control
- Increases speed, strength, agility, flexibility, endurance and balance
- Learning something new and fun while getting in shape
- Kickboxing is arguably the easiest form of self-defense to learn
- Tones and strengthens the entire body
- Works muscles that regular weight training can not fully utilize
- Great for cross-training
- Reduces stress
The combative arts can be many things to many people. For some, they are the perfect vehicle for achieving physical fitness while others regard them as an ideal means of self-protection. It is important to learn proper technique and form to reduce the risk of injury and to optimize the effectiveness of the technique. By employing proper technique, the practitioner also goes through a full range of motion and utilizes many more muscles, thus getting a better workout.
To finish off your workout, you can end it with some calisthenics or plyometric exercises just to ensure that your body is thoroughly taxed. Basic exercises like push-ups, dips, squats, lunges and crunches are excellent exercises to round up your workout.
Shawn Hao-ming Ooi is a Los Angeles-based freelance personal trainer specializing in fitness, boxing and kickboxing instruction. He