Over the past few years, mixed martial arts (MMA) have become increasingly more popular. This increased interest in the sport has been helped greatly by the media coverage of the sport and some big names becoming well known such as Ronda Rousey, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre and Anderson “The Spider” Silva to name but a few. As a result, kickboxing the number of people looking to kickboxing as a form of fitness has increased too.

Through kickboxing, you will be able to learn self-defence, increase your fitness levels and enjoy a workout for your whole body. Below we have listed out just some of the many benefits of kickboxing. All you have to do now is join a class to reap the rewards.

1. Kickboxing will give you greater confidence

Most forms of self-defence training will give you a boost in strength and also confidence. This is especially true for kickboxing as after a few classes you will have learnt some self-defence tactics and feel as if you can hold your own should it come to a physical confrontation. Additionally, a kickboxing class will make you feel fantastic, way more than simply running on a treadmill.

2. You’ll get in great shape quickly

Kickboxing is a very efficient workout so if you’re looking to burn fat and get in shape, this is the way to do it. With a huge variety of drill and exercises, you will not be bored as you burn up to 800 to 1000 calories per hour. You will also be kickstarting your metabolism and giving your muscles some really toning. In no time at all, you will see that your fitness level is dramatically increased.

3. You’ll be more balanced

Those who take up kickboxing soon realize that they are much more coordinated and are able to move across a room with much greater grace than before. This is because the drills that you will have been doing for kickboxing strengthen your core muscles and increase your reaction time and reflexes. You will feel a lot more stable on your feet. The punches and kicks that you practice will allow you to learn to focus your energy and make quick precise movements.

4. You’ll have more energy

This may come as a surprise to many of you but when you start a high-intensity workout program you will have more energy that you used to. You will not only be releasing those magical endorphins that make you feel great. The stronger you feel, the more you will feel like getting up and doing things on a regular basis.

5. You won’t be bored for a second

One major reason that people start to lose enthusiasm for their gym workouts is that they get bored. A treadmill or exercise bike can feel like a real drag after a while. Kickboxing will engage your mind as you work out as there is a lot to focus on so you will be getting a mental work out too!

6. It will improve your posture

If you work in front of a computer all day, it can be a little hard on your back over time. One of the best long-term benefits from kickboxing other than overall fitness is that your posture. Kickboxing classes will use a lot of muscle groups that you don’t get to use on a regular day at the office and it will make your back and core much stronger. You won’t even need to think about it, after working out for just a short time you will notice that any back pains that you had from sitting at a desk all day are a thing of the past.