By Mary Beth Wallace | Photography by Rich Smith
Punch your way into shape with this high-energy kickboxing workout! The cardio-based routine, designed by Beth Mauldin at Total Fitness Kickboxing – East Brainerd, incorporates a mix of upper and lower body movements, which improves coordination while toning your muscles. Kickboxing is also an effective method for relieving stress. According to Beth, “This is a fun and effective workout that can burn up to 1,000 calories in under an hour!”
For each of these moves, you’ll need to start in a fighting stance – a fundamental position that allows for effortless movement. Begin by facing your punching bag or imaginary target. Step your left foot forward if you’re right-handed (put your right foot forward if you’re left-handed) and position your feet shoulder-distance apart. Bend your knees slightly. Then raise your fists up to your cheekbones while keeping your elbows in by your sides. Return to this starting position after completing each move. Your lead hand is your left hand if you’re right-handed (and vice versa).
Follow along with Beth, Jordon Dodd, and Jason May!