After an average kickboxing workout you feel – if all goes well – all the muscles in your body. That’s because kickboxing is a ‘full body workout’. In other words, you’ll use almost all your muscles while twisting, punching and kicking. Did you know that the basis of these movements lies with the abs?
Strong abs and core benefit your entire body.
Here are just some of the benefits to doing core exercises:
Here are 6 ab exercises that will give you that desired kickboxing core:
1. JUMPING ROPE
Jumping rope has been included in the list as it warms up your body immediately. It’s an ideal way to prepare your body for other abdominal exercises. After 3 minutes you’ll feel your abs for sure!
Not only do squats strengthen your abs, it also tackles your hamstrings, glutes, calves and quadriceps (the muscle at the front of your thigh). Here’s what to focus on:
For a change – or to spice up the exercise – you can turn it into a jump squat. While coming up, make a jump.
The crunch is a good abdominal exercise to use for variety. You mainly train the lower abs. So how do you do them properly?
The push-up is perhaps one of the most famous exercises! Here’s how to do a good push-up:
A while ago it was all the rage in the Netherlands; planking! Everyone did ‘the plank’ in the most original places. Yet planking remains a tough exercise, which gives you strong abs. It’s somewhat similar to a push-up.
The word says it all, you perform this exercise while kicking to the side.
Make the exercise harder by punching and/ or holding weights at the same time. By tightening your torso, you directly train your abdominal muscles.