Students get intense workout at Cardio Kickboxing Class

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Story by Lance Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera

Date: 12.04.2013
Posted: 12.04.2013 15:54
News ID: 117722
Students get intense workout at Cardio Kickboxing Class

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. <br /> <br /> Throughout the hour-long class, an instructor leads students through a slew of kickboxing move combinations and aerobic exercises set to fun pop music.<br /> <br /> “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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> “We do boxing combos to increase muscle and cardiovascular endurance,” said Heger.<br /> <br /> The dynamic workouts give an exciting alternative to repetitive physical training, said Heger. <br /> <br /> “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.”<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> It’s the type of workout that will affect other physical activities, said Heger. Participants experience increased core strength and easier runs, she added. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> “The more you come, the better you can get,” said Golden. “Come out and try it, have fun.”<br /> <br /> For more information, call Semper Fit’s Group Exercise at 451-0824.<br /> <br /> Find us on Google + (http://gplus.to/camp.lejeune) <br /> Follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/camp_lejeune)<br /> Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/camp.lejeune)