WatchMojo.com discovers a workout that will have you burning 800 calories in an hour of bobs, kicks and punches.
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Annick Robinson: Hit harder, hit hard, hit fast. Female Speaker: This workout will increase your strength, flexibility, and stamina. Annick Robinson: Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo. Female Speaker: Hi, I am Veronica with watchMojo.com and today fitness expert Annick Robinson tells us about cardio kickboxing. Annick Robinson: Got right into the side of their jaw. Female Speaker: So what is cardio kickboxing? Annick Robinson: In the mid 90's as someone came out with a name tibo, but it actually existed before that. It was popularized under all sorts of different name so cardio kickboxing is the most descriptive. And it basically means that you come in to a group format where we're going to be doing a lot of punching and a lot of kicking and a lot of blocking. Female Speaker: How is it different from kickboxing? Annick Robinson: Cardio kickboxing means you're doing it in a group setting and you're doing what we call Shadowboxing. So that means that you're actually punching anybody there is no sparring. It's just you working on the techniques facing the mirror to pumping driving music. Zap, block, block, tap, defense. Female Speaker: Now we know from the name that will be getting a cardio workout, but we'll also be working our muscles? Annick Robinson: What you're doing is you're simulating an impact as though you're actually hitting a hard surface and when you do that you have to hit something hard pretend you're absorbing the impact and that simulates resistance training. Female Speaker: How many calories will you burn? Annick Robinson: with cardio kickboxing we burn up to 800 calories per hour and those calorie burn comes from how we use our core and the impact we simulate. It's one of the highest burning class as possible. Now people sweat a lot in spinning, but when you're spinning you're seated on a bicycle and you're legs are going really really fast. When you're kickboxing your standing so you are weight bearing and you are moving a lot of power and a lot of energy. Female Speaker: Will you be able to defend yourself after taking this class? Annick Robinson: I wouldn't recommend using these moves against someone if you get attacked in a dark alley, unless you can tell that they have absolutely no idea what they are doing. People tend not to like it when you kick them in the face. You are learning martial arts techniques, but you're not sparring so you're not actually learning how to defend yourself. What is really useful though is you will develop the good cardiovascular capacity. So I suggest so you scream really, really loud and run as fast as you can and if you've been coming to cardio kickboxing a lot you'll be able to outrun. No problem. Female Speaker: Can you take us through a typical cardio kickboxing class? Annick Robinson: We slowly warm the body up then we'll start with some basic drills. For example, bobs and weaves which is a way to avoid getting hit. Right? Lower get down, get down. If you don't get down you will get punched in the face. We'll do some foot work so people get use to moving the feet around and then we'll start adding in some basic punches, some basic knee strikes, some basic kicking, and then we'll start to put it altogether. And sometimes when I have a more advanced group what I'll do is I'll take them through like a typical fighting sequence. Sometimes I'm really inspired by movies because who hasn't wanted to be a superhero at some point in their life. I know when I was a little girl I thought if I just learn to spin fast enough I could turn to wonder woman. And so when I am doing my cardio kickboxing class there is part of me that really feels like I am imagining myself as a superhero. Alright, what you imagine you're all in black, you have a bandanna, leather, high heels. Alright, I think people really get into it for that reason, because it holds up on your imagination to be something more powerful than you really are. If someone try to steel your Chanel purse; come on get mad. Female Speaker: Well t