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Kick Boxing

Written by Sierra Rein
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There is no individual sport that has seemed to skyrocket in popularity nowadays than the sport of kick boxing. As a combination of martial arts and self defense techniques, kick boxing has been incorporated into many martial arts classes and is featured as the main ingredient in exercise programs like Tae Bo as well as many gym classes. The best form of this is kick boxing aerobics, which combines strict kick boxing form (sparing and bag work) with aerobic exercise and stretching.

Kick boxing is a great beginning sport, and while some injuries occur, they are mostly the result of pushing the muscles and the tendons past their conditioning. Thus, stretching the muscles and maintaining flexibility are integral to preventing injuries. Also the sport is very good for asthmatics at a slow pace, as the athlete can control how strenuous the aerobic exercise needs to get.

Preparing For Kick Boxing

Unlike regular boxing, full kick boxing demands a lot of different sparring gear to use, as the hands as well as the feet are used against your opponent. Head gear, gloves, mouth guards, boots, shin guards, and hand wraps are all options for the sport, depending on how rough you want to practice at. If you're just interested in stocking up for kick boxing aerobics, gloves and hand wraps are all that are needed.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning how to kick box, your local gym may have some leads, and there are some videos that can be bought that can teach you at home. Before starting any program, be sure you are fully supplied with the right martial arts equipment, and that you listen to your body and not overextend yourself too far. Talk to your doctor or your personal trainer if you have any questions about this, and kick hard!

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