One of the most popular work-outs, particularly with women, is aerobic kickboxing.
A great weight management tool, Muscle and Fitness magazine rated aerobic kickboxing as the number one calorie burner of all fitness activities with around 800 calories burned per hour. Comparatively, regular aerobics/dance classes burn around 500 calories per hour.
History of Kickboxing
Kickboxing presumably originated from Muay Thai, called Thai Boxing. A very popular sport in Thailand that has probably existed since the Thai emigrated from the South of China, it is now getting more popular in many countries, especially in Japan.
In Japan this fight is called "Kick Boxing." At present "Kick Boxing" is internationally known as a Japanese martial art.
Kick-boxing aerobics classes combine Kick-boxing and Karate skills with aerobic exercise to provide a unique combination of flexibility, strength, endurance, and cardio-vascular exercise with the added benefit of self-defense skills.
It is a high-energy workout where the body and the mind must work as one.
Many participants have found the techniques of kick boxing to build confidence, self-esteem, self-control, a positive mental attitude, endurance, toning, muscle building, and weight management through a total body and mind work-out. In addition, it reduces stress levels.
Lynn Luan, certified rape prevention instructor and co-owner of Carrollton Marital Arts, Carrollton, Texas said, "Some women are unwilling to put on a karate uniform and participate in structured martial arts classes, but many women are very interested in learning to protect themselves while they get in shape."
This non-contact workout combines the kicks of martial arts with the punches of boxing. Effective in most areas of self defense and personal fitness, kickboxing is also fun.
According to Dawn Jameson, Kardio Kickbox teacher, "Kardio Kickbox is perfect for ladies. It’s a tremendous workout that also emphasizes the areas that most women are concerned with, such as their legs, hips, gluteus, and abdominals. They can dress comfortably and have a lot of fun getting in shape, plus learn some really good self-defense."
Men also participate in aerobic kickboxing classes, but most classes, at least in the United States, seem to be predominantly women.