Kickbox your way to fitness

Kickbox your way to fitness

Kickboxing is a form of martial art that combines elements of karate with – yes, you guessed it, boxing!

Ideal for men and women as a high energy workout, it’s performed without shoes (far safer!) and using pads and punch bags.

A high intensity cardio workout, kickboxing will raise your heart rate, and as a strength exercise you’ll find you tone your upper and lower body as you punch and kick.

Benefits of kickboxing include

  • Increased Flexibility: It may take a while, but gradually you’ll be able to kick higher and higher. Great for joint flexibility you’ll be able to kick above your head in no time!
  • Boosted Circulation: Any cardio exercise gets your heart rate going, and kickboxing is no different. The fast movements and changes in direction will increase your circulation.
  • De-stress: There’s nothing quite like taking the day’s frustrations out on a punch bag! Hitting something very hard is a sure fire way to release any pent up anxiety and stress, meaning when you go home your aggressive mindset will be back to calm and collected!
  • Combining strength and cardio: A kickboxing class is a great all-rounder, meaning the whole body gets conditioned. One exercise for all areas.
  • Self defence: As well as boosting confidence, kickboxing is great for anyone who wants to feel confident in self defence.
  • Fat burning: You’ll burn plenty of calories in a kickboxing session, as your heart rate rises and you use up your energy supplies.
  • Better Balance: If you ever struggled to stand on one leg, kickboxing will soon sort that out. With practice you’ll soon be able to leap gracefully from one leg to the other.
  • Inclusive: Kickboxing can be for everyone, it’s non-contact, so no one gets hurt, and everyone can enjoy punching the bags and getting fit!

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Matthew C.
28 July 2016

Matthew C.

Kickboxing is a great martial art, but I would also recommend trying as many other ones as possible. You never know which one you will click with. I really enjoyed Muay Thai, which is similar to Kickboxing. It probably depends on the teacher, so find a good class, that's the key.

Phillip H.
28 July 2016

Phillip H.

I have recently tried this and really enjoyed it. And there is indeed nothing like it for stress busting. Take that! And that!

Emma C.
26 July 2016

Emma C.

I like kickboxing and I don't think you need to go to a specialised kickboxing gym to do it. Some of them make out they're better than ordinary gyms, but any kickboxing class will get you just as fit.

craig t.
22 July 2016

craig t.

I have done wrestling, Judo and kickboxing and I do do think that Judo works me harder and gets more results. Kickboxing is good for my partner though.

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