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Apple Valley, MN   55124
Cardio Kickboxing
July 25, 2014

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About Cardio Kickboxing
Cardio Kickboxing or Fitboxing at Minnesota Valley Martial Arts is a program designed to be a total body work out. This program moves you through a 5-10 minute warm-up designed to help your muscles prepare for the punching and kicking routines that make up the core of the class. Next we move into 30-35 minutes of aerobic, strength, and abdominal training that will leave you challenged and tired, but energized! Finally we guide you through a 5-10 minute cool down incorporating careful stretching to ensure a safe closure to the class.

In addition to being a great workout, Kickboxing also reduces and relieves stress. It is a rigorous workout. Controlled punching and kicking movements carried out with the discipline and skills utilized in martial arts can do wonders for feelings of frustration and anger [add something positive here]. Practicing kickboxing can also help to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance.

The Basics:
Before you decide to jump in and sign up for a class, you should keep a few basic guidelines in mind:
  • Know your current fitness level. Kickboxing is a high-intensity, high-impact form of exercise. When you do begin kickboxing, allow yourself to be a beginner by working at your own pace and not overexerting yourself to the point of exhaustion.
  • Check it out before you sign up. Observe or try a class beforehand to see if it is right for you. Make sure the instructor is willing to modify the kickboxing routine a bit to accommodate people's different skill levels. Try to avoid classes that seem to move too fast, are too complicated, or don't provide the chance for any individual instruction during or after the class.
  • Comfort is key. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows your arms and legs to move easily in all directions. The best shoes are cross-trainers - not tennis shoes - because cross-trainers allow for side-to-side movements. Gloves or hand wraps are sometimes used during classes - you may be able to buy these where your class is held. Give your instructor a call beforehand so you can be fully prepared.
  • Start slowly and don't overdo it. The key to a good kickboxing workout is controlled movement. Overextending yourself by kicking too high or locking your arms and legs during movements can cause pulled muscles and tendons and sprained knee or ankle joints. Start with low kicks as you slowly learn proper kickboxing technique. This is very important for beginners as new students are more prone to developing injuries while attempting quick, complicated kickboxing moves.
  • Drink up! Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your class to quench your thirst and keep yourself properly hydrated.

  • What should I expect in my first class?:
  • Arrive early to fill out some paperwork and get your gloves (if they're included in your package). Bring clean dry shoes to work out in or work out barefoot on our mats. You will also need to bring a water bottle to help you keep hydrated during the class.
  • Be prepared to feel a little clumsy and lost at times - and don't get down on yourself when it happens. Even if you're a highly conditioned runner or you've been doing step aerobics for years, these moves are new to your body. Your muscles need time to develop a "memory" of them, and your reactions as the teacher calls out what to do ("jab, cross, hook, roundhouse") will be slow at first. By the second or third class, the awkwardness will start to dissipate.
  • The first thing you'll learn is the stance -- a way of standing that maximizes balance and puts power behind your moves. Your feet are about shoulder-width apart and at a slight angle, one foot set back from the other. Your fists are up around your temples to guard your face. (Don't hunch your shoulders.) This is the position you'll return to after every punch and kick.

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