Cheryl CullinaCheryl 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.
Hi, I'm Cheryl Cullina and I'm a cardio kickbox instructor. This video is all about basic cardio kickbox techniques and I would like to demonstrate a front kick for you. We will set this up, be in a front combat stance, arms in guard, and lets talk about that front kick for a second. First thing you want to think about is lifting the knee so that the top of the leg is parallel to the floor, and the bottom part of the leg is perpendicular to the floor in a vertical fashion. As you lift the knee, it pushes towards your target, not into your chest. Important range there, keep your back safe. We're leaning back, strengthening through the core to hold that back steady.
Now, as we progress from the knee lift into the front kick, there are four phases. Once again, phase one; the knee lift, and then a push with the bottom of your foot, the sole of your foot. That's where we're pushing -- its like slamming a door shut. Your leg at the beginner level, parallel to the floor, you retract back into the knee position and then reset. Just try it on the other leg. Knee lifts, follow the foot presses forward, notice I'm leaning back, holding the core stability, putting that knee back and resetting. That's our front kick, lets move on.