As an ex-kick boxer and someone who has raised world champions. I know about the multitude of benefits training for kickboxing can provide, regardless if you are training to compete or just do a cardio kickboxing session to keep yourself in shape. The following are just some of the benefits you can receive from doing kickboxing for your full body workout.
- Using multiple muscle groups which is great for fat loss
In kickboxing, we kick, punch, duck and block. We use every muscle that moves our skeleton body. Using multiple muscle groups in one training session has been proven to be more effective for weight loss than training just one or two muscles per session. Trust me, this comes from over 30 years of personal experience in helping people lose weight and keep it off. I have tried every approach out there and, from my experience, nothing beats full body workouts when it comes to weight loss.
- Metabolic rate
It is a well known fact that full body workouts rev up your resting metabolic rate and keep it up much longer than specific body part training. That is great for burning fat throughout the day.
By doing full body workouts as your choice of training, it will help you correctly balance your testosterone (anabolic hormone) and cortisol (catabolic hormone) production. It uses more muscle groups and uses bigger muscles which help you produce more testosterone
(If you are female, don’t worry, you will not grow a beard 🙂 ) and less cortisol and adrenaline, therefore helping with fat loss and muscle gain. Kickboxing is awesome for it. When you do a kickboxing class, you will feel muscles in places you have never felt before, this happens due to the unusual trajectory of movements you will have to do.
- Full body development
We have all been to the beach and at some point seen that guy with a built torso and legs that look like two sticks. That is the result of training just one or two body parts and neglecting all the smaller muscles. When you train kickboxing you have no options, but to train your entire body.
- Improved brain function
It’s no secret that exercising is a great stress reliever and I think there is nothing better than kickboxing for you to release your stress and frustrations. Exercise stimulates the release of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These brain chemicals play a vital part in regulating your mood. If you have ever trained before, you probably remember that you are in a much better mental state after your training. Exercising regularly is the best way to prevent depression and other mental disorders.
- Better energy levels and better sleep
When you exercise, you strengthen your cardio vascular system, get rid of toxins and make your body work more efficiently. That makes you feel full of energy. Exercising helps improve your sleep. I cannot tell you how many of my clients tell me – “George, I sleep like a baby now!” It is true, physical activity increases time spent in REM sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps boost immune function, support cardiac health, and control stress and anxiety.
Last but not least, kickboxing is a very fun full body workout! It trains your body, your mind and coordination. And… did I mention it’s tons of fun? Join us!
I just launched a new Online Interactive Cardio Kickboxing Program! These classes are designed to get you moving while having fun! They will help you get fit quickly and stay fit for as long as you want! You can expect to be sweating lots during these classes and they are a very good way to stay active inside your home and get your cardio in!