Kickboxing 101

Do you ever want to kick something – but in a martial arts way? Kickboxing may be just the outlet for you. Let’s look at what this sport entails and some of its benefits.

What Is Kickboxing?

In the United States, kickboxing is a blend of boxing and karate, where participants strike only with their hands and feet. It may look intimidating, but it’s not as dangerous as it seems. And groin, leg, and back jabs are prohibited. People may take up kickboxing for general fitness, competition, or self-defense.

How Does a Kickboxing Class Work?

We can’t speak for all kickboxing classes, but generally, you start with a warm-up to get your blood pumping (something simple but effective, like jumping rope). Next, you work through various kicks and punches. Some classes are choreographed to music to get you moving. One-on-one sparring exercises depend on the instructor and class. Either way, you’ll work your legs, arms, and core, then cool down with stretches.

What Are the Benefits of Kickboxing?

Your Heart Will Love It

Kickboxing is a form of cardio exercise, which increases oxygen intake and improves endurance. Combine this with a healthy diet, and your heart will be in tip-top shape.

You’ll Find Balance

Kickboxing improves reactive and anticipatory balance, and while this may not be a top priority now, it can reduce your risk of falling later in life. Another way kickboxing can bring balance to your life? If you’re stressed out because of work or whatever, kickboxing can be an excellent way to release some of that tension.

Toned All Over

Kickboxing doesn’t just focus on legs, arms, or core; it’s a full-body workout!

Big Confidence

Kickboxing should make you feel strong, powerful, and confident in your skin. This is also especially true for kids and teenagers!

Kickboxing Tips

Keep these things in mind as you start your kickboxing journey.

  • Kickboxing is not a self-defense class. Yes, you will learn some moves that could help you in a pinch, but if you’re looking for true self-defense tactics, we recommend finding a legitimate self-defense class.
  • Ease into kickboxing. If you haven’t hit the gym in a while, that’s okay! But it may be wise to get a few simple cardio and strength-training days under your belt. Plus, if you go into it prepared, you won’t be as sore or tired, so there’s a much better chance you’ll stick to it.
  • Make sure you eat right and stay hydrated. Kickboxing can be intense, so give your body the fuel it needs.


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