After Husband read yesterday’s blog post, he decided working out together would be great! He picked his favorite activity, which apparently demanded the following requirements: hitting and kicking.
Yeah… he wants to give me dead leg, too. What have I begun?
I may have never tried kickboxing, but I know several people who have like my mother. I don’t remember if she enjoyed it or not so I did a little research. And it was super fun!
According to Livestrong.com, kickboxing is a combat sport derived from traditional karate, created by Chuck Norris and Bill Lewis (well… mostly created by them…) when they wanted to test their skills in a sport setting and began competing in rings with boxing gloves and foot pads in the 1970s.
“Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.”
Other variations of kickboxing (Thai and French savate) are pretty much the same, having differences in the rules for competitions.
“Chuck Norris counted to infinity… twice.”
Circuit training, as we know, involves completing a set of exercises to work your body in different ways: weight-training circuits or body-weight exercises (Insanity). In a kickboxing-style circuit, you have a choice of exercises varying from kickboxing specific exercises, such as kicking and punching (Billy Banks) or auxiliary exercises such as skipping, calisthenics or footwork drills that kickboxers use to improve their fitness and ability… (Billy Banks).
“Chuck Norris does not hunt because the word hunting infers the probability of failure. Chuck Norris goes killing.”
(OMG! I love this.)
So a kickboxing circuit drill will begin with a warm-up – skipping or calisthenics (like track kids… they skip all the time). Depending on what equipment you have…
“Chuck Norris doesn’t need equipment. He is equipment.”
…you can then practice different kickboxing drills, such as punching a punching bag (or an annoying person) and kicking at a bag or training partner. I would, however, feel bad if I missed and kicked someone in the face.
…unless it was Husband. HA!
“If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can’t see Chuck Norris, you may be only seconds away from death.”
Work for rounds of two to three minutes, increasing the number of rounds and your intensity as your fitness improves. Finish with short sprints, or a series of calisthenics, such as squats and push-ups, or ab work like sit-ups and crunches.
“Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life there.”
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a 130 pound person can burn a lot of calories from kickboxing. An hour of circuit training will burn more than 400 calories, while an hour of kickboxing will burn almost 600. I like the sound of that.
“If you have five dollars and Chuck Norris has five dollars, Chuck Norris has more money than you.”
(This is beyond fun, you guys…)
Kickboxing training can also be a form of stress relief, unless you’re Chuck Norris. It can also build your self-esteem by losing weight and getting fit, as well as learning how to defend yourself.
…Although, Chuck Norris doesn’t need self-esteem…
Husband and I are going kickboxing! Well, perhaps. I might have to ask Chuck Norris to surprise roundhouse kick Husband unconscious so I can win. :)