Basic Cardio-Kickboxing Moves at Home
Fitness for Kicks
May 1, 2000 (Reno, Nev.) -- Before you jump into the ring, er, class, you
can practice cardio-kickboxing kicks at home. Both of the moves outlined below,
from the American Council on Exercise, will work the hamstrings, gluteals, and
quadriceps. First practice the kicks in slow motion until you have mastered the
proper form and can go a bit faster.
- The Roundhouse Kick. Start from the basic stance, with the right side of
your body facing an imaginary bag (a chair in your living room, for instance),
knees bent and about shoulder-width apart. Lift your right knee and point it
just to the right of your target. Pivot on your left foot as you extend your
right leg. "Kick" the target with the top of your foot. Repeat using
the left leg.
- The Side Kick. Start in the same position as above. Pull your right knee up
toward your left shoulder. Pivot on your left foot as you snap your right leg
toward your target. Imagine you're striking the target with the outside edge of
your foot or your heel. Repeat using the left leg.
Dana Sullivan is a freelance writer in Reno, Nev.