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Hi! I just added cardio kickboxing to my weekly exercise routine and frankly it kicks my butt sometimes. This morning some of my upper arm muscles are sore to the touch and my pectorals feel pretty tender, too. I'm wondering if it would be good or bad to go back to kickboxing class tonight if I'm still sore. Do I need to give my muscles more time to recover before working them hard again?
First of all, yea & congrats for taking on something as challenging & as grueling as kickboxing. Kickboxing, boxing & Muay Thai (my personal favorite) add a different dynamic to your training.
R & R (rest & recovery)is one of the pillars to success in training. If you're still sore, do not do the same activity that made you sore until you're ready. Infuse another light resistance activity or some light to medium cardio only with the goal of allowing your body to heal & to get the blood pumping & flowing while remaining active.
6 years ago
Awesome, thanks, Tony. My legs feel pretty good so maybe today would be a good day to hop on the treadmill for a while. I don't think I could do 10 pushups now if I had to. :-p
6 years ago
Robin, that sounds great! Once you have done kickboxing for a bit & you’re ready for an enhanced challenge, I encourage you to discuss some kickboxing, block training with your trainer.
Here’s the gist: do the same kickboxing regiment you’re currently doing, but ask your trainer to splice in some resistance or body-weight exercises in between each kickboxing set. So for instance; a 5-7 minutes of kickboxing & then infuse some bands or functional leg exercises like band-squats, lunges, calve raisers or just use your body weight for resistance. Implement 4-5 sets with the goal of hitting the “total body” in between your kickboxing sessions.
See with boxing, kickboxing & Muay Thai, you normally do 5-7 minutes, then rest, but if you infuse resistance training while your body is fatiguing, it’s that much more challenging & unique, but again, this needs to be something you build up to.
6 years ago
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