ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE NECESSARY For those who are able to remain in constant motion, running in place for nearly for the duration of a workout session, “The At-Home Cardio Kickboxing Workout That’ll Kick Your Butt” by Lauren Mazzo for FitnessMagazine.com may be for you.
Honestly, like most of these types of workouts I am challenged to perform them by my lack of coordination. HOWEVER, it’s a good reason to do them. Initially, stepping in place rather than running in place may make the coordination effort easier.
Side kicks are also a challenge; mine will never achieve the height demonstrated in the video by Jeanette Jenkins, The Hollywood Trainer. But with appropriate warm-up, dynamic stretching, and lots of practice I can become better at them. I know this because I took a kickboxing class several years ago and improved. Prior to the class and concurrently I was performing strength building exercises, which made it safer to attempt kickboxing.
This workout caught my attention because it incorporates body moves beneficial to bone health and can provide an opportunity for cross-training when swimming, cycling, or other cardiorespiratory-beneficial, aerobic exercise isn’t possible.
If you do try this routine, don’t be discouraged if everything about it seems strange. As mentioned above, a difficult initial experience may indicate that mastery at a low level will improve an aspect of fitness that will positively impact running, walking, or everyday activities. Take it slowly. Be sure to adjust the moves as needed for safety and have nearby support if balance is difficult. Start with the upper-body action sequences if combining them with lower body action at the same time is too awkward.
Best to check with a physician beforehand, especially one who has helped with previous muscle, soft tissue, joint, or skeletal problems.
Cardio-kickboxing will appeal to some. This routine looks reasonable to attempt.
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