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“Fit This In” Team Goes Kung Fu Fighting

Throughout history, boxing has been a sport known for its extremely fit athletes. Whether you remember the training Sylvester Stallone went through for his role in “Rocky” or just the impeccable physique Muhammad Ali maintained, you probably associate boxing with athletes who went through intense training to be all-around fit — in terms of strength, power, speed and agility. Because of this, many trainers began to see the benefits of boxing exercise and decided to modify it into a group workout class that could help the average person improve their fitness levels and overall health.

Thus, the ever-so-popular cardio kickboxing class was born.

Cardio kickboxing classes have gained popularity for many reasons, with two of the biggest being the time-saving aspect and the accountability group workout classes promote. Because kickboxing is a high-intensity interval workout (H.I.I.T.), participants can raise their heart rates and improve their strength, balance and agility in a shorter amount of time than running or biking might require to burn the same number of calories. When you become part of a class such as kickboxing, you are much more likely to stick with it once you know your fellow class members — and break a sweat together.

Cardio kickboxing has many benefits beyond these two, including:

  • Improved coordination
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Strength building
  • Improved self-defense skills
  • Reduced stress levels

The idea of kickboxing may seem a bit intense for someone who has never done it before.

“Fit This In” podcast moderator Jen Rehill said: “You gotta love how incredibly fierce it looks but what I want to know is, what is a class actually like? Is it just for elite athletes or is it something that works for all types of fitness levels?”

To explore this trend, find some answers and see if they’d recommend it to a friend, the “Fit This In” team decided to give cardio kickboxing a go.

“Fit This In” crew member, Megan, said she tried a kickboxing class a long time ago and woke up feeling it the next day.

“When I woke up, the only thing I could move was my eyelids,” she said. “I could feel it all over just from one workout.”

Crew members Marsha, Megan, and Noelle were both excited and apprehensive about taking on this trend. Marsha, who is a huge fan of H.I.I.T. workouts, was intrigued by the fat-burning and full-body workout that kickboxing classes can provide in such a short amount of time.

“When I go to the gym, I want to make the time I spend there is well worth the trip,” Marsha said. “Cardio kickboxing classes usually last around 45 minutes to an hour, and depending on your weight and fitness level, you can burn anywhere from 400 to 800 calories per session.”

Noelle loves the fact that you can find kickboxing classes online at home if you are anxious about going straight to the gym.

“I always get nervous going to a new fitness class for the first time because you think: ‘Oh my gosh, everyone is looking at me and thinking about how uncoordinated I am and I don’t know what I’m doing,’” Noelle said. “So it’s nice to have the option to do my own private, first attempt at kickboxing at home.”

Listen along as the “Fit This In” crew members discuss the cardio-kickboxing trend and report their results to see if a kickboxing class is worth your time!