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Exercise Class Explained and Reviewed: Turbo Kick

Class Act: Turbo Kick

If you are trying to fit some punching into your workout, but don't want to miss out on dancing, then TurboKick might be just what you are looking for. The 60 minute classes combine the agility and rigor of both hip hop and Muay Thai Boxing – love the super multi-cultural mix.

The class begins and ends with a tai chi like warm up, with some ab work (crunches with choreographed punches) added at the end. Classes are made of "rounds," which are sections of classic boxing moves, from upper cuts to roundhouse kicks, with dance steps. The rounds are choreographed to the music, and the sequences build in 8 count sections with many repetitions. So you get a workout with all those reps as you also become familiar with the moves. You do not need to be a dancer or familiar with dance moves to enjoy the class and get your heart rate up. And it is fun! I really appreciated that my upper back and arms felt totally worked without having to do a single push up or lift a dumbbell; there is serious power to a punch. Beware, this class could make you really excited putting on some gloves and punching a bag!

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Fit's Tips: Remember when punching that your entire body should be involved. You should pivot on the ball of your foot so your pelvis will move with your punch. If you just punch from your arms, your low back will bear the brunt of the movement. So twist with your punch and put your body into it.


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