Kickboxing - extreme workouts - Women's Health & Fitness

3. Kickboxing

This Japanese combat sport is also great for general fitness and recruits all major muscle groups with moves borrowed from a variety of other martial arts.

In a kickboxing class you’ll be punching and kicking – a bag, pads or a partner.

Posture and technique are key to getting the most out of a workout.

“This type of training has the added benefit of pushing athletes to a high intensity that is often hard to achieve alone,” says Marsh. “When we work at high intensities for a number of short durations, we see the biggest bang for our buck in terms of results. High intensity training (HIT) leads to fast fat losses and fitness gains.” The full-body involvement equals all-over firmness.
As for the mirror test, check out the toned thighs and backside.