What Is Cardio Kickboxing?

If you are looking for a butt kicking workout, cardio kickboxing is for you! In a one hour class, you’ll sizzle your bootie through punches, kicks, toning exercises and abs in a tough, total body workout.

What Is Cardio Kickboxing?

Cardio Kickboxing is a combination of dance and martial arts that will undoubtedly improve your endurance and cardiovascular fitness, tone muscles and shred your abs if you practice consistently with power and precision. Cardio Kickboxing routines are characterized by their high intensity intervals coupled with toning recovery periods to zap calories and define your muscles.

Most of all, cardio kickboxing is fun! Set to upbeat music, the energetic instructor keeps you from being bored by challenging your mind and your body. Cardio kickboxing classes are a great juxtaposition to your more monotonous running or elliptical days.

No Contact

That’s right–Cardio kickboxing does not include contact! No bags, no gloves, just a killer workout. Even the self-defense based moves, like punches, kicks and blocks are usually modified enough to reduce the occurrence of injury and to encourage fat loss, not fighting ability. That said, it does make you feel powerful anyway! The instructor should guide participants through safe practices, like looking where you are punching and kicking, so there is no accidental contact.


Not only can you burn as many as 500-1000 calories in a 1 hour class, but you will perform moves that tone your body unlike most cardio workouts do.

  • Zig zags, knee strikes and twisting moves like cross punches tone abs and obliques
  • Kicks burn fat and tone legs
  • Punches target arms and back

Be sure to stay fierce to get the most cardio burn and muscle toning benefits.

Stress Relief

Not only is Cardio Kickboxing an excellent cardiovascular workout, but a positive and productive way to relieve stress and work out aggression. A  little mental focusing and you will leave the room feeling stress free!

Total Body Toning

Cardio Kickboxing classes are set up with a kick and punch portion where the cardio burn is intense. The recovery period brings down your heart rate, but doesn’t lower the difficulty. Legs are the focus in many classes when lunges and squats take center stage. At the end, you’ll stretch your aching muscles and target the abs to compliment the vigorous exercise that your stomach gets during the rest of the routine..

Things to know

You will probably feel a little uncoordinated and off in the first class, no matter what your fitness level, since the challenging moves will be different for your body, not just your brain. Though the routines usually are comprised of relatively basic combinations, when all is said and done, it is a routine that gets better with practice. Plan to give yourself 4 or 5 classes before you feel like you know the movements. Most routines combine the same general moves in a different order or portion of the routine.

Be ready to push yourself, and remember to keep moving!  If you must rest during the class session, let the rest session be really short, or slowly bring the heartrate down slightly between class breaks.


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