Part II: Kick you in the Butt!

After a couple of boxing sessions Gary introduced kicking into the routine, making the class twice more challenging than before. During boxing, you remain the master of your core, thanks to your feet being firmly planted onto the ground. This does not make boxing any easier than other martial arts but that additional support from your legs helps you achieve stronger, more controlled punches. The ability to execute a perfect kick, on the other hand, depends not only on your core muscles, but also on coordination, balance and stamina- after a couple of punches when a trainer asks you to throw a kick you lack the power to execute a good one.

In my session I was introduced to two kicks: the push kick and the sidekick. While the push kick is a defensive movement aiming to create distance between you and your opponent, the sidekick is an offensive kick targeting the waste, chest and head area. The higher the kick, the more difficult to balance and control your movement; inferring rigorous pre-sparring training as a daily routine for any serious kick-boxer. While researching for this article I came across a couple of kickboxing bloggers who describe their routine- it made my eyes hurt and my brain ache from how many crazy exercises they do to build up their fighting stamina. Burpees, planks, spider, sit-ups, lunges, jump-rope… sounds like a gym nightmare! Nevertheless, I’ve said this before and everyone who trains kickboxing says it too- the rush of adrenaline and the boost of confidence you feel after a class is incredible.

One big mistake that I did before my session is that I didn’t eat anything since breakfast (my session was at 1 pm). Having a nutritious snack like a banana, some nuts, a smoothie, or the Goji Berry Dragon Balls I prepared for you yesterday help you endure a tough session frugal in recovery time (30 seconds after 10 min of hard-core punching and kicking). Further, I highly recommend a gym class called tabata, which is essentially an hour of circuit exercises aimed to increase your strength and endurance. (I will come back to tabata in a future article)

In a kickboxing session you burn more calories then in a boxing session- 800 compared to 550, so if you are serious about getting in shape, kickboxing is the right workout for you- but prepare to suffer and lament during your first couple of sessions. The more you practice kickboxing the more uncomfortable it will get- longer sparring sessions, tougher exercises and more difficult techniques. Up for the challenge? I definitely am, never slept better and never felt more relaxed after kickboxing.

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