KICK HIGHER + HIGHER
TAKE YOUR KICKS UP A NOTCH
Amanda brings you 5 ways yoga can improve your kickboxing! Having a well-rounded exercise regime is a must when it comes to reaching your health, fitness and wellness goals. In search of the perfect partner to complement those punches, kicks and burpees? Here’s why yoga comes up trumps.
1 Your kicks will reach new heights
Many of us suffer from tight hips and short hamstrings, which is often a result of spending too much time sitting down (desk jobs, we’re looking at you!) or lots of running and cycling. Luckily, many yoga classes have been designed to combat this common problem with plenty of hip openers and hamstring stretches. Spending time focusing on mobilising the hips and releasing the hamstrings means that, slowly but surely, your kicks will creep higher and higher up that bag until you’ll be doing head kicks with ease.
2 You’ll take your punches further
Poor mobility in the hips goes hand in hand with poor mobility in the shoulders – and if you’re someone who has particularly bad posture (those desk jobs strike again) then your shoulders will be especially tight.
Opening up the upper body through regular yoga practice can actually improve
your boxing, allowing your reach to extend longer with those punches. Not only
will this help you to create more distance between yourself and the bag
(extending your reach), but it’ll also allow you to relax through the upper back
and shoulders more, improving your boxing speed.
3 You’ll find your balance
Yoga works wonders for your stability and balance – but how does this affect your kickboxing? Well, when throwing both punches and kicks, a lot of the execution lies in where your weight is being distributed and whether you can hold and transfer that weight in the right place at the right time. That requires bodily awareness as well as control, stability and balance – all of which yoga can help with.
If you’re able to get your balance better through yoga, and then transition that skill over to your Flykick classes, then you’re sure to notice both your technique and power improve on the bag.
4 You’ll do more with your core
A stronger core means a stronger everything. Your core keeps you strong in
position, whether you’re punching, kicking or holding a plank – but it also connects your upper body to your lower body. For this reason, you’ll probably find that recruiting your core muscles more during the bag rounds will help you flow through those combinations – piecing together your punches and kicks – with more ease, control and power.
One way to build core strength? Yoga, of course. Pretty much everything in yoga requires core engagement, whether you’re working your way through a flow sequence, holding an arm balance or upside down in an inversion.
5 You’ll master your breathing
One thing that both yoga and kickboxing rely heavily on is the breath. Knowing when to inhale and when to exhale can get you so much further in your yoga practice or bag rounds, and can even be the difference between getting tired in round three or round six.
But we get it – focusing on your breath when you’re training at a high intensity is a lot to ask. Eventually it will come naturally, but in the meantime, why not try a
faster-paced style of yoga to help you get there quicker? Being prompted by the
instructor when to inhale and exhale as you take your body through various
poses will increase your focus on the breath – a skill you can then bring with you to Flykick.
Click here to book your free yoga spot after class on Friday 20th July!