If you want to get the most out of your kickboxing workout sessions, be sure to keep in mind these following tips.
- Work on your fighting stance. Incorrect form can severely hamper just how effective your kickboxing worko
uts can be. Not only that, it can also make you more prone to injury and that’s not really a good thing. To get your body in the right position, you have to tighten your core as if you’re always preparing for a hit as it keeps it engaged. Don’t tense up, though, because that would defeat the whole purpose. Also, you should keep your legs and feet a few feet apart and your knees should be bent slightly so that your center of gravity is much closer to the ground.
- Most people make the mistake of tensing up when you through their punches and kicks, more so when they brace for impact. This is just wrong. What you should do is to breathe in quickly through your nose and then out through your mouth every time you jab, punch or kick to help give your strikes a much needed oohmp for power.
- Never ever tense up or lock your joints. Tensing up usually leads to locked joints, or putting them in a completely straight position. Doing so not only is wrong and inefficient, but it also puts you at risk for injury. Instead of thinking of punching or kicking straight through your opponent, think of moving your strikes in a sort-of like whipping motion – extending them, but not all the way, and then quickly retracting them back for easier recovery.
- Use all of your muscles. To get the most out of your kickboxing workout sessions, half-assed efforts just won’t be enough. You have to tire yourself out. When punching, engage your core and legs to help add necessary power and also, keep you staple all throughout. If you do this, you’ll be huffing and puffing throughout the whole workout, which is a good thing since that means you’re really getting the most out of it.
- Improve your balance. When you’re resting or when you’re not in class, try practicing standing with just one leg. Do this for a few seconds for the first few times and try to increase the length to a few minutes once you get used to it. Of course, you should use each leg alternatively. Doing this helps improve your ankle and foot strength, which is necessary to help you give both the balance and strength necessary to do all those high kicks you’ve been wanting to do since day one.
Kickboxing really is one of the best workouts out there. It’s great for your figure and definitely even better for your life, as it helps you learn how to defend yourself in certain situations.
Now, if you really want to get those sweats dripping during each kickboxing workout session, follow the five tips above and you’ll be feeling sore (in a good way) in no time.