IMPACT Magazine's Outdoor Summer Issue

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WORKOUT

Dynamic Cardio Kickboxing Sequences Improve your endurance, coordination and stamina, just in the “kick” of time! BY ANDREW ALCALDE One of Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors 2021 in Vancouver, B.C.

WARM-UP: SKIPPING ROPE

ANDREWABRAHAMALCALDE

5-10 Minutes We all know that a 5-10 minute warmup is the best way to get the blood flowing, synovial joints moving and the major muscle groups prepared for exercise. An efficient warm-up that goes hand in hand with kickboxing is the skipping rope. It tones the muscles, creates definition and builds stamina. Additionally, the skip rope improves hand-eye coordination, lateral movement, speed and agility, which effectively prepares us for the following exercises. To prevent injury, stay light on your feet and bounce weight from left to right. For an added challenge, perform a 2-minute skipping rope interval in between each exercise.

ANDREW.A.ALCALDE

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TODD DUNCAN

he summer months are here, the sun is shining and many of us, if not most, want to take advantage of the beautiful weather. While most fitness facilities across the country have reopened, we find ourselves torn between choosing to work out indoors or basking in the warm sun rays. So why not combine them and use nature as our fitness studio! Cardio kickboxing is the perfect workout that combines full-body aerobic exercises with boxing and martial arts movement. There is less emphasis on technique, keeping the boxing martial arts moves simple. The good news is, this workout offers very little to no resistance training and can be performed anywhere. The focus of cardio kickboxing is simple: movement, fun, accessibility and safety. It is a full-body workout that helps build stamina and cardiovascular endurance, stimulates the mind, builds confidence and is the perfect release after a stressful day. Here are a few killer workouts to add to your routine to keep the heart rate going, target the appropriate muscles and make you feel like an ultimate fighter!

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