Kickboxing, a form of martial arts, is designed to be a full body workout for nearly every level of ability, and several area businesses offer both kickboxing training and classes.
Here are 5 things to know about kickboxing.Health benefits
Tina Valaouras and Shaun Berner, owners of 9Round Fitness in Wallingford and Muay Thai-trained kickboxers, said kickboxing can strengthen the whole body, including all-important core muscles. Leg and arm muscles are also strengthened.
All ages can participate.Equipment
Traditional boxing gloves must be worn at all times. Trainers like Christian Pagan, who works at 9Round, use pads for partner punching, kicking and other technique demonstrations.
There are several different punching and kicking bags used. Speed, uppercut and double-end bags help with training and learning new techniques.
Sneakers and comfortable workout clothing are the suggested attire.Punching
Some basic punches include jabs, hooks and uppercuts, said Pagan.
A straight jab is thrown by extending the lead arm. A hook is thrown when the elbow is bent and the body twists while punching. An uppercut is a rising punch that starts in a squat position.Kicking
Two commonly used kicks are the front kick and the more advanced roundhouse kick. When training on a heavy bag, kickboxers should target the center of the bag.
In the front kick, the leg comes up while bent and is extended to kick the bag with the ball of the foot. The leg retracts back to the bent position and down again.
The roundhouse kick starts with the standing foot turned at a 45-degree angle. The other foot is the kicking foot and comes up while turning the hips. The goal is to hit the bag where the shoelaces are on a sneaker.Options
Other local businesses that offer kickboxing training and classes include Performance Combat in Wallingford, Leadership Martial Arts in Cheshire, Family Martial Arts and Fitness in Cheshire, The Edge Fitness Club in Meriden, Body Temple Fitness of Wallingford and the affiliated The Art of Fitness Training Solutions, and ILoveKickboxing in Southington.