If you have been following my blog, by now you have guessed that the more aggressive forms of fitness are not my personal favorites. That doesn’t mean, for one second, that they can’t be yours! If you are looking to spice up your workout, or even if you are just getting started with an exercise routine, you might want to consider kicking things up with one of the following:
Muay Thai Kickboxing: In an effort to give an edge to soldiers fighting with clubs and spears, Muay Thai Kickboxing, began in Indochina. Going beyond fists and feet, the “art of eight limbs” also uses elbows and knees. You will certainly learn how to throw a punch and practicing this discipline will help improve your ability to twist in games like golf and baseball. Done 3 or more times a week, it’s the only workout you will need this year!
Krav Maga: Started back in the 1930s, in Czechoslovakia, Krav Maga was taught to Jews so they could defend themselves against anti-semitic gangs. Imi Litchetenfeld, a wrestling and boxing champ, is credited for the teaching. Good for the cardio crazed, this discipline mixes punches and kicks with fast past calisthenics and plyometrics. Besides learning some great self defense moves, this discipline will definitely help build endurance for those that compete in marathons or triathlons. Make sure to incorporate lots of stretching and flexibility training after a Krav Maga session.
Brazilian Jujitsu: Brought to Brazil in the early 20th century by a Japanese jujitsu master, this discipline is as much an exercise for the mind as it is the body. It was designed to give leverage to a smaller , weaker opponent. Very challenging, this is probably best for wrestlers but will help those that surf and swim by emphasizing work in the back, shoulders and arms.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA): Just as in ancient Greece, where boxers and wrestlers fought, very few rules apply, MMA is probably the “mother” of all fighting workouts! Best for martial arts veterans and athletic overachievers, this discipline will improve strength, flexibility, agility and balance. It will keep your metabolism high as it burns lots and lots of calories and will certainly be the only workout you’ll ever need! As a word of caution, if you are going to try this, make sure to find an instructor that has a solid background in a number of martial arts. MMA is not for the weak at heart, mind or body! Don’t be surprised if you come home from your workouts crawling!
Since fighting is not for me, I am off to walk the dog and then do an hour of cardio/core work before showering and beginning my work day. What will you do today in your daily fight for fitness?