We were inspired by the importance of Heart and Stroke Month, so we decided to find another heart pumping activity to help get us going and re-inspired. After all, we’re only three months away from one of the most heart thumping events this year, The Tough Mudder.
Since the weather has been somewhat of a fitness foe, we decided to look for another indoor activity that could really get us going. Wow, did we ever succeed – welcome to Ladies Only Muay Thai Kickboxing Boot Camp.
We attended a four week session held every Saturday at an authentic local kick boxing gym. For an hour each week we kicked, punched, crunched and push-upped our way through a mean yet incredibility satisfying work out. Our fearless instructor was always on hand to ensure we were always in the correct position and maximizing the benefits of each heart pumping circuit. At the end of every hour, we could always feel the impact of the workout in our arms, legs, core and back. Our heart rates were up the entire time, and during each workout we burned approximately 600-800 calories! This was extremely motivating and kept us coming back even though we were always sore the next day (but in a good way).
What’s nice about this class is that you can take some of what you learn home with you.
Skipping is a big part of the warm-up; it’s not all about the bag work and you’re sweet left hook. A 15 minute skipping interval will increase your heart rate and help you burn up to 200 calories. Try incorporating skipping in between your weight circuit or into your daily fitness routine.
Another great take home tip was a yoga movement called “the plank”. We’re sure many of you are familiar with this movement. You lie face down on the ground and then raise yourself up onto your feet and elbows. Keep your core tight, hips down and back flat. Stay as tight as possible. You’ll start to feel the effects in your arms, back, core and legs. Add a plank onto the end of your workouts. With each workout, increase the time you can hold the plank position as well as the number of repetitions. The “plank” is a great full body exercise to finish off your exercise routine.
An added bonus with boot camp sessions is the short commitment of only four classes. At the completion of the four classes, you have the option to walk away or purchase another monthly package. A great format for those who don’t know what exercise they like or get bored easily.