I teach extremely popular kickbox classes similar to Turbokick (non-contact to incredible music) and I have always said that the key to this format of cardiokickboxing is to create seamless, safe combinations that people can pick up on quickly. The more complicated you make it, the more frustrated people get and participants return if they feel successful. To keep the intensity high, intersperse sets of cardio drills: jacks, speedskate, fast feet, etc. – that will help you to not have to choreograph the entire 60 minutes. High-energy is a must and intervals help especially when just starting out. Breaking it up to do fast sets of push-ups or short weight segments or even BOSU drills will give you a chance to re-group and re-focus. Best of luck!
I teach Cardio Kickbox classes called Tae-Kwon-Cardio tm it incorporates moves from Taekwondo as well as Muay Thai and Boxing . I find that a good warmup either a light dance or aerobic exercise gets the heart rate right where its supposed to be before taking it to the next level of HIIT training which I have labeled the 36 Chambers (based off of the movie). We have 2.1 ratio and 3-4 chambers, talking about a workout wow! My classes also consist of some basic self defense, flexibilty,resistance cardio and endurance. It is a bit more useful in real live situations vs the traditional cardio kickbox classes. Make sure you have modifed version for all participants and focus on the basics front kick, strecthing kick(ax kick), sidekick, round house, once the student masters the basics you can build on the routine. Most important keep it fresh same routines are boring. I also agree keep the kicks low until flexibility levels and proper technique are mastered.
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