Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and
punching, historically developed from karate, Muay Thai, and Western
boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or
as a contact sport. Currently, one popular form of kickboxing is
known as aerobic or cardiovascular (cardio) kickboxing, which
combines elements of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics to provide
overall physical conditioning and toning. Unlike other types of
kickboxing, cardio kickboxing does not involve physical contact
between competitors ? it's a cardiovascular workout that's done
because of its many benefits to the body.
Kickboxing classes usually start with warm-ups and gradually increase in intensity. Kickboxing is a full-body workout that includes movements such as knee strikes, kicks, and punches. Some time at the end of class is usually devoted to cooling down, which usually includes exercises like push-ups and crunches for strength and stretching for flexibility.
Kickboxing is a high-intensity, high-impact form of exercise, so it's probably not a good idea to plunge in after a long stint as a couch potato. You might try preparing yourself by first taking a low-impact aerobics course or less physical form of exercise and working up to a higher level of endurance. When you do begin kickboxing, allow yourself to be a beginner by working at your own pace and not overexerting yourself to the point of exhaustion.
The key to a good kickboxing workout is controlled movement. Overextending yourself by kicking too high or locking your arms and legs during movements can cause pulled muscles and tendons and sprained knee or ankle joints. Therefore a professional guidance and supervision during the workout is very essential for beginners to avoid any form of physical injury.