This has to be one of the most popular questions people ask when they are thinking about taking up a kickboxing class. Kickboxing is an intensive sport and that means you can burn more calories doing this than you would by taking part in a variety of other less-intensive sports.
But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. If you weigh 10 stone (140lb) and take a half-hour kickboxing class, you’re likely to burn around 321 calories. Not bad for half an hour’s work is it? If you are looking to lose some weight by taking up kickboxing, there’s good news there as well. The heavier you are the more calories you can burn. If you weigh 200lbs (a tad over 14 stone) you can burn 456 in half an hour.
Those figures look even better if you take a class that lasts an hour. The 10-stone individual would lose around 642 calories in that time. In comparison, the 200lb person would lose around 912 calories!
Another factor that can affect the amount you lose is your ratio of body fat to muscle. You’ll want to burn fat while you exercise in order to get rid of it, and this is something that is easy to do if you take up kickboxing. However, there’s another good knock-on effect you may not be aware of. Muscle takes more calories to maintain itself than fat. Therefore, as you burn excess fat and build more muscle, your calorie burn will be even better.
All in all there are plenty of great reasons to take up kickboxing in the near future. It is so beneficial for your health in lots of ways, and when you realise just how good the calorie burn is, there’s really no reason to hold back any longer. Book that first class now.
Owner and Chief Instructor of Deacons Martial Arts and Fitness in Oadby, Leicester.