Cardio Kickboxing – Basic Kicks

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional fitness trainer Cheryl Cullina demonstrates basic cardio kicks.

    Cheryl Cullina

    Cheryl Cullina is an accomplished professional in the fitness industry, teaching several different class formats including Cardio Kickboxing. She has been a group exercise instructor for 15 years, completing certifications from the American Fitness Association of America, International Fitness Professionals Association, Les Mills International, and Powder Blue Productions, in kickboxing, step, yoga, weight and personal training, youth and senior fitness, nutrition, obesity, and exercise science. Holding an MBA from Michigan State University, Cheryl is also a computer engineer who, for several years, merged computer technology with the health care and fitness industries by evaluating and integrating evolving computer systems with physical therapy equipment for diagnostic assessments and rehabilitation solutions. Her passion for helping make people well inspired her to coach personal and group exercise classes, enthusiastically motivating all people, all ages, to take charge of their health by safely improving their cardiovascular fitness and body’s energy, strength, flexibility, balance and posture. Cheryl is a member of a Demo Team and has performed at National Health Fairs, Earth Day celebrations, annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day, and March of Dimes Walk America.

    Cheryl Cullina: Hi! I'm Cheryl Cullina. This is a non-contact cardio kickbox class and Id like to review with you some of the basic kicks that we have in the program.

    Lets start with a front kick. You always want your abs contracted to protect your lower back, as you take these kicks on. Our front kick begins with a knee lift, a push with the ball of the foot and notice that I'm leaning in the opposite direction of the kick, important on all kicks to do that. Safest place for a beginner, safest place always for your back is with your leg parallel to the floor. As you become more advanced, you may want to lift that leg higher, but lets start parallel to the floor. That's our front kick. Lets take on the side kick for a second. Were going to turn the foot of the standing leg, off to the side to protect the ankle and the knee. The heel is already facing in the direction that side kick is going to go. Well start with the knee of the kicking leg into the chest, give yourself a target, look in the direction of the kick and push with the heel. That's our side kick, always retract set the foot side.

    A roundhouse, we are going to turn the foot of the standing leg off to the side just like we did in the side kick that protects your knee and ankle once again and we have got the heel, set up with the other. Your knee, hip and heel, which is back towards your butt are in straight line and as you kick, its a circular kick with the shoelaces. Reset, take it on again.

    The back kick; back kick starts in a cannonball position, we are going to sit into the heels, knee into the chest and as you extend that leg back, take a look, see what you're not knocking down or who you're knocking down. Toes and knees point in the direction of the floor as that leg extends behind you.

    Those are our four basic kicks, lets move on.