Cardio-Karate combines the elements of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics to provide overall physical conditioning and toning. Unlike other types of kickboxing, Cardio-Karate does not involve sparring where the class participants are boxing or hitting one another, this a cardiovascular workout that also helps tone and strengthen.
A Cardio-Karate class typically begins with a 5-10 minute warm-up, which may include stretching and traditional exercises such as jumping jacks, followed by a 20-25-minute kickboxing session that includes movements such as knee strikes, kicks, and punches. Some instructors may use equipment like punching bags focus mitts or body shields.
After this, a short cool down, is followed by about 10 minutes of stretching and muscle conditioning. Stretching is really important as participants may strain/pull their muscles, and slow, proper stretching helps relax muscles to prevent injury.