A couple of months ago, I realized that I needed to lose some weight. My clothes were beginning to fit snugly and I hate that feeling. Unfortunately, I hate diets. What woman doesn’t?

I looked into an exercise programs in my area and decided to try a Kickboxing class at my local YMCA. I am so glad that I did! I fell in love with it the first day!

All I needed to begin was a pair of $5 hand wraps that I purchased from a local sporting goods store and a pair of good supportive tennis shoes. Oh- and a good sports bra, but I already owned several of those.

We spent the first 20 minutes of class doing an aerobics warm-up. We did kicks, air-punches, jumping jacks and push-ups. The next 20 minutes, we spent on the bags. What a great stress-reliever! We punched, pummeled, kicked and elbowed the bag in a variety of different maneuvers. I was dripping with sweat by the end of the segment but I felt exhilarated. We spent the last 20 minutes doing sit-ups, crunches, squats and lunges.

Kickboxing makes me feel empowered as a woman. I have learned so many defensive moves that I know I would be able to utilize if I had to. I have become so much stronger just in the past two months. The American Council on Exercise determined that you burn approximately 6.45 to 8.3 calories a minute while Kickboxing. For a 60 minute class, this means that you would burn 387-498 calories. That in itself is a good reason to try the class.

In addition, Kickboxing is interesting. It keeps your mind stimulated during the class rather than going through a bunch of mindless memorized motions. You truly start to feel empowered because you feel stronger every week. This is a great class and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight, get stronger or just get moving.

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