Kickboxing is a complete body workout that animates the whole body, including both small muscle groups and core muscles. Kickboxing also engages muscles such as the soleus muscle, a broad flat muscle in the calf of the leg under the gastrocnemius muscle, which is often missed in almost every workout. Kickboxing is a great way to burn large amounts of calories and achieve the weight loss. This way, kickboxing improves one’s confidence and builds better posture and flexibility. Moreover, it offers great benefits for the cardiovascular health, promotes healthy blood circulation and helps to maintain normal blood pressure.
Jab is a basic kickboxing exercise, which is actually a straight punch. This is something that most of the exercisers learn on their first kickboxing class. In the starting position, the right food is in front but the left hand is jabbing, targeting the nose of the imaginary opponent. It is important to stand in a fighting stance and rotate the right hip forward, while extending right arm. The forearm twists so the fist is parallel to the floor at full extension; the arm is in line with the shoulder.
Cross is another variation of the jabbing exercise. It involves a straight punch thrown from the rear hand, but with an opposite hand. This means if one is starting with the right foot in front, the left hand does a cross.
Hook is a punch in circular motion, with a lead hand. It targets ear and cheek of an imaginary opponent. One takes a fighting stance with a left foot forward and pivots on the ball of the left foot turning left knee, hip, arms and shoulder simultaneously, while punching from left to right. It is important to keep the left hand parallel to floor and to return to the fighting stance as soon as the punch completes.