February 26, 2013

Kickboxing is awesome!

I started my fitness quest (this time) with running. I got completely into piling on the miles on my new treadmill and never looked back. However, lately, I've been lacking motivation to get on the treadmill. When the weather got cold and dark, I somehow was not motivated to leave my house for the short 20 pace walk to my garage. However, my diet has been keeping me on track and I've seen no weight gain. Yet I haven’t seen any substantial weight loss like I did before. So here I am at the end of the winter and spring and summer are right around the corner. This year I am going to be comfortable in tank tops and dresses.

Thus I started kickboxing because I know that it will get me where I need to be. I have started with Turbo Fire…which I highly recommend if you want to do a fun, great at-home kickboxing routine. I love Turbo Fire because first of all, it’s just plain fun. The instructor is totally kooky and loves rap music. Her music picks for the workouts are hilarious and I find myself singing along or at least singing the songs to myself later in the day…lol. I also love this workout because it goes by soooo fast. Before I know it, I’m half way done and I still feel like I barely started.

The Turbo Fire system comes with several workouts ranging from 15 minutes to 55 minutes. I tend to like the workouts that are between 45-55 minutes just because I’m used to workout close to an hour and it just feels right for me. However, if I’m ever running out of time or start my workout late I do venture into the shorter HIIT workouts. I tend to not like HIIT workouts though because I broke my foot a year ago and it tends to put extra strain on the foot. Thus, I stick to the longer workouts.

The benefits of kickboxing are amazing. I tend to burn around 550-650 calories a workout and my arms, back and obliques are left completely shredded afterwards. Not only is it a good workout, but it makes me feel confident about myself after only one workout. It's sort of like instant gratification when it comes to feeling like a bad ass.  I've also read in several magazines and online articles that it helps with belly fat. I totally believe it even thought I know that our bodies don't spot reduce. I believe it because you are constantly using your core and legs which are some of the bigger muscle groups in your body. The more muscle you need to lift and move around the more calories burned. The more calories burned coupled with the law of averages means that you are most likely pulling from your fat stores in your stomach.

So yeah, kickboxing is my "flavor of the month" exercise right now. I will keep everyone posted on how it's going.