Cardio Kickboxing Side Kick

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kickboxing expert Cheryl Cullina demonstrates how to do a side kick.

    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.

    Hi, my name is Cheryl Cullina and I'm a cardio kickbox instructor. I would like to demonstrate for you some basic cardio kickbox techniques. This particular kick that I'm going to demonstrate is a sidekick. First thing, we need to remember on the sidekick for safety reasons, for the ankles and the knees, is to take the standing foot and turn the heel towards your target. This is not the leg that's actually going to kick, this is your standing leg, and we want to balance on that leg. So, now that we've got the heel set, we're going to lift up the knee into the chest or in guard or you may want to give yourself a target. Knee into the chest and then execute with the heel into the persons midsection knees, or as you become more advanced, even a little bit higher. From the side position the sidekick looks like this. We set the heel, draw the knee into the chest, push the heel out and reset. Every time we do this, we're going to reset the heel before the kick, retract and set the foot down. That's our sidekick, lets move on.