A few months ago I was pouring over new workout routines to keep me from being bored out of my skull at the gym. I happened upon a saucy little video of Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima indulging in her favorite exercise, kickboxing. This gal is tough, and I was immediately obsessed with trying out the exercise she does to stay so gorgeous and toned. I discovered that a load of other celebrities also use kickboxing to get their booties ready for the camera in a matter of weeks. If it is good enough for Gwen Stefani and Angelina Jolie, it’s good enough for me. An all or nothing girl, without ever taking a class in my life, I walked in to Knuckle Up in Atlanta and signed up for a full year of unlimited kickboxing classes. I promptly outfitted myself with black wraps and pink gloves (even though I have been made fun of TWICE for wearing pink). Pink boxing gloves make me happy, but hey I wear stilettos and pencil skirts to work everyday of my life….the spa goers and patients never blink an eye, unless I wear slacks, then they tell me they hope I get to feeling better soon.
My first class struck the chord of fear that lies deep in my belly. I found a punching bag at the back of the room and pretended the 15 other people in the room were actually non existent. This worked well until the instructor shouted at us orders to do 50 jumping jacks, 25 lunges each leg, 50 squats, then finishing us off with 20 burpees. It was then that I looked around the room to see if any of the other folks had bulging eyes and full body tremors like I did. They were all soldiering on, so I couldn’t very well be the only face down chum in the room gasping for air and calling it quits. After that little “warm-up” we were ready to launch into the combinations. Jab, Jab, right cross, left hook, right round kick, right round kick. We repeatedly tore down our sand filled opponent, and I felt victorious making it through my first kickboxing class. This is the only class that I have ever taken that qualifies doing 100 situps followed by holding plank for 1 full minute as a “rest period”. They say that the average person plows through about 600-800 calories per class, and I fully believe it. My livestrong app says that I burn about 600. I have been going three times a week since the first of April, and I’m feeling pretty toned already. I can’t wait to see what happens to my body after a few months of this. Beware, high intensity exercise like this releases loads of endorphins, the best drug known to man, and it is highly addictive!