Kickboxing at the YMCA

If you had a goal for 2014 to get fit and have figured out that running, the elliptical, and lifting weights isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, I’ve got a solution to resuscitate your resolution. Try a fitness class. It’s a fun way to workout and burn calories. I’ve been a huge fan of the D.R. Semmes Family YMCA at Tripoint in San Antonio for a few years now. It’s clean, friendly, never too crowded. I’ve never waited for a machine, but that might have something to do with my workout schedule since I don’t work out with the “before work” or immediately “after work” crowd. I’m sure it’s slightly more crowded during those times. Over the years I’ve taken a few classes and loved them so I thought I’d review a few of the classes I’m currently loving right now for you. First up – Kickboxing with Sonia on Mondays from 5:30pm-6:25pm. If you look on the website, the following description is given for the class:

Is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as Karate, boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness.

In high school I took a “kickboxing and self-defense class.” I was an instant fan of the class and always felt empowered afterwards. Strangers beware! I have a pretty good punch and maybe a little too much confidence. My first year at the Y I took a body combat class (which incorporates some kickboxing) but stopped after a few months when I had a hip flexor injury. I’ve also done Turbo Fire. All that to say, I have a little experience with the terminology and moves associate with kickboxing. Last night was my first kickboxing class at the Y and I was glad I had a little knowledge to fall back on because I might have been a little lost. It’s easy to pick up, but you might want to tell the instructor if you are new so she can make sure you are protecting your joints during the moves.

Ya’ll, this class will kick your booty. It isn’t lying when it says it is a cardio workout. For some of the moves we incorporated light weights as well. (I used 2 pound weights.) One hour after the class my arms were still feeling a burn. Throughout the class, Sonia reminded us that the moves we are learning can be used to protect ourselves against an aggressor and told us how to use them. For me, the knowledge she was providing kept me moving and putting as much as I could into the moves. Knowing that I have the knowledge and moves to injure and get away from an attacker is extremely empowering. At the end of the hour I was sweaty and winded but I had so much fun. I’ll be back next Monday so if you’ve been thinking about trying it out but didn’t want to go alone, come with me. Not a member of the Y? Guest passes are available. If you try it, love it, and want to join the Y, they are waving the joining fee through the end of January. Now is the perfect time to resurrect your 2014 fitness goal!