Saturday, 29 December 2012
Last year, I was introduced to Group Kick, a class at my local gym. Group Kick isn't just a kickboxing routine though, it also incorporates aspects of martial arts in a high-cardio 60-minute class. Group Kick is very exciting, it's a non-stop motion filled with jumping, kicking, and boxing.
You fight the air, so you always win!
Attendees follow along with an instructor that leads the class through routines with different songs. Some of my favorite routines are to Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell" and Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
For someone like me who is too impatient and uncoordinated for Zumba, Group Kick makes a better alternative. It pushes me more, and as well as my cardio improving, I feel myself getting stronger with each class; my kicks are higher, I jump with more ease, and my punches are harder. I feel more accomplished learning self-defense moves as opposed to just dance moves. It also challenges me more; I want to see myself improve with each class.
The routine begins slowly with a warm up and then gradually increases in intensity, and, with that, our heart rates increase. The intensity then slowly decreases into a cool down. The finale incorporates stretching, as well as core workouts, such as crunches and planks.
Group Kick works all muscles, even those that we tend to neglect in weight training. The punching aspects work our back, neck, and arms, while the kicking and jumping work all aspects of our legs. It also helps strengthen our core because we need to hold our bodies in certain ways throughout the routine. Group Kick strengthens while burning fat.
The classes are a very empowering experience. Group Kick gives a feeling of self control and protection by learning about boxing and martial arts moves. The instructor tells us where to kick and where to hit someone who may be out to harm you. The incorporation of cardio also adds to the experience; I feel that I can keep up a fight if I were to get into one.
My friend and I both agree, we are definitely more confidant in ourselves and our security since we started the classes.
Everyone I know who experiences Group Kick loves it. From the original three in our group that joined it, at the end of the year there were nine of us that were attending these classes. The energetic instructors, the upbeat songs, and the challenging routines get people coming back each week for more.
Would you be interested in trying Group Kick?