Whether you’re brand new to kickboxing or you’ve been taking classes for a while, there are always ways to improve your technique to make sure you’re getting the most out of your kickboxing sessions.
Check out these 5 kickboxing technique tips and take your fighting chops up a notch.
PERFECT THE STANCE
In kickboxing, your resting position is known as the fighting stance and mastering your starting point is the only way to make sure you’re getting the most out of the moves. An incorrect form could even mean injuries – and no one wants that!
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, keeping a bend in your knees. Then, keep your elbows in front of your ribcage with your fists held up by the front and sides of your face.
Your core should remain tight and activated whenever you’re in the fighting position as if preparing for a hit. Taking things back to basics and always working on perfecting your fight stance will take your workouts to the next level.
NEVER LOCK YOUR JOINTS
Not only should you keep a bend in your knees while in the fighting position, but you also shouldn’t lock your joints during a punch or kick either.
For example, instead of completely straightening your elbow in a punch, think of a whiplash motion, extending your arm most of the way before retracting it quickly.
If you’re looking for something to work on outside of your kickboxing workouts, balance and stability should be number one on the to-do list.
You might do push-ups or hold a plank on a half Bosu ball to improve core stability or lift weights while standing on one leg to strengthen the tiny muscles in your ankles and feet. Improving your balance will do wonders for your kickboxing game, you’ll see!
REMEMBER, IT'S A FULL BODY WORKOUT
Kickboxing is such a great workout because you’re using your whole body the whole time – that is, if you’re doing it correctly.
Instead of solely focusing on your arm muscles during a punch, make sure you’re also using your shoulder and back. Your core should stay activated and your legs will be working to stabilize you, too.
It’s a tough workout, but do your best not to slack off. That means, keep all of your muscles engaged. You’ll be wrecked by the end but it’s so worth it.
INHALE AND EXHALE
Yes, we’re telling you to breathe – a task you’d be surprised goes right out the window when you’re focused on a challenge like kickboxing. Our workouts are expert trainer-led workouts, so they’ll be sure to remind you. But when practicing on your own, it’s important to remind yourself to breathe.
Not only does breathing prevent lightheadedness, but it also helps you complete those punches and kicks more powerfully.
Exhale each time you throw a kick or take a jab and inhale quickly as you return your limbs toward your body, preparing for the next attack.
You might be surprised at how much better you feel if you use your breath more mindfully in your upcoming kickboxing classes.
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