CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Members of the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune community can spend their lunchtime burning off some calories with a Cardio Kickboxing Class Mondays at 11:30 a.m. as well as morning energizing sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Wallace Creek Fitness Center’s room 133.
Throughout the hour-long class, an instructor leads students through a slew of kickboxing move combinations and aerobic exercises set to fun pop music.
“It’s a great way to stay in shape and take care of yourself,” said Lee Golden, an environmental protection specialist aboard Camp Lejeune and a class participant.
The class provides a hard, intense workout that incorporates boxing moves for an added element of action, said Sanda Heger, a group exercise coordinator who leads the class.
The beginning of the class focuses on getting students’ hearts pumping with cardio and rapid-fire combos, whereas the latter half of the class is aimed to tone and master techniques.
“We do boxing combos to increase muscle and cardiovascular endurance,” said Heger.
The dynamic workouts give an exciting alternative to repetitive physical training, said Heger.
“It’s a way to get a workout without thinking about getting a workout,” said Heger. “You go to the class and before you know it you have completed a full-body workout.”
The exercises engage the upper half of the body with punches, jabs and blocks and the bottom half of the body with a variety of kicks.
It’s the type of workout that will affect other physical activities, said Heger. Participants experience increased core strength and easier runs, she added.
Students can increase the difficulty by wearing weighted gloves. They are also welcomed to adjust pace to match their fitness level by working at a faster speed than others or toning it down and focusing on proper form.
“The more you come, the better you can get,” said Golden. “Come out and try it, have fun.”
For more information, call Semper Fit’s Group Exercise at 451-0824.
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