It’s been over a month since I’ve recapped a kickboxing class.
The classes have been going awesome and I have to say that kickboxing just might be my favourite activity of all time. More than curling even! (I used to be an avid, albeit unskilled, curler in high school and university)
I thoroughly enjoy all the classes, even when I’m getting my ass kicked. There are so many things that I like about the sport.
I like being able to release all my energy.
I like punching things and, even more, kicking things.
I like that I am learning something new and I like getting pointers from other people in the class.
I like improving and I love getting positive feedback when I do.
In Monday’s class I was getting a lot of positive feedback about how my form has improved quite a bit since I started and it made me feel pretty good about myself. It made me want to keep coming back to get even better.
I wanted to recap last night’s class because it was such a good cardio workout so I thought I would share.
This class was heavy on cardio and endurance work.
We spent lots of time on the punching bag with a partner, alternating rounds of punching and holding the bag for the partner. I chose the most helpful person in the class because I knew he would give me lots of pointers while he held the bag for me. It’s like having my own personal trainer.
Move of the Day:
Hooks: We did about 8.5million power hooks in class and my partner gave me lots of hints for my atrocious form (I don’t do hooks often for a reason). I learned to wind up my body because the force comes from rotating the hips and shoulders. I also learned to keep my elbow close to my body and keep my arm loose until right before I release the punch, rather than tensing it up early. I’m not sure if my form was really any good, but at least I have the pointers in mind so I can practice them.
– Jogging around the gym, sprints
– Jumping Jacks
Punching Bag Drills:
– Cardio: 1 minute rounds of speed punching (+1min rest) x 5
– Power: 1 minute rounds of power hooks (+1min rest) x5
We partnered up to practice punch and roundhouse kick combos for three 3min rounds.