A woman in a black tank top and gloves boxes with a heavy exercise bag. Photo by Virgyl Sowah on Unsplash.

Kickboxing is taking the fitness world by storm as one of the most popular workout classes in gyms and MMA centers across the country. But for those who haven’t tried this style of exercise yet, the idea of taking a kickboxing class might be a bit daunting or unfamiliar.

In this article, we’ll tell you more about kickboxing and why you should definitely consider taking one of these heart-pumping classes.

Maximize Calorie Burn

In a standard cardio-focused kickbox class, you can expect to burn anywhere between 350 and 450 calories per session. You don’t even need to do it for an hour to maximize the calorie burn either; a solid sesh can be as quick as 30 to 45 minutes.

In addition to the calories burned during your workout, kickboxing builds muscle, which has a higher resting metabolic rate. This means that the more muscle you have, the more calories you need to consume just to maintain your weight, even if you don’t work out. But you’ll definitely want to keep coming back once you try kickboxing, so finding the motivation shouldn’t be too much of an issue! Plus, it’s pretty nice to have a valid excuse to eat more food.

Furthermore, because it incorporates cardio components, kickboxing is an excellent way to get aerobic exercise and improve your heart health. The more you do it, in fact, the lower your risk of heart disease or high cholesterol.

Build Self-Confidence

Most everyone who takes a kickboxing class describes it as empowering, if not a quick and fun way to boost self-confidence. As you refine your footwork, hone in on your punches, and bring more targeted force into your kicks, you’ll be amazed at how strong you are and how much you can achieve in a short period of time.

If you have children, take a kickboxing class with them! Not only is this a great way to bond with one another, but the benefits of improved self-confidence and self-esteem extend to younger folks as well. If you don’t have kids or want to try it on your own, the experience will be no less influential.

Better Quality Sleep

If you exercise regularly, you might have noticed that sleep feels a lot better — and a lot more necessary — on the days of and following your workouts. This is no coincidence; sleep is when the body repairs itself, processes vital information, stores new memories, and reboots your system to take on another day.

When you accept the martial arts-inspired challenge of kickboxing, be sure to get a good night’s rest both before and after the class. Getting more sleep will speed up your recovery time and muscle growth, as well as minimize any soreness or fatigue that might occur in the several-day post-exercise period.

Final Thoughts

If you’re interested in learning more about kickboxing and how it can positively affect your health, mood, and more, please take a class at Infinity Martial Fitness today! Our expertly trained coaches are ready to put you to work, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a total newcomer. All are welcome in the world of kickboxing, so why not come try it today?