Should MMA Classes Take the Place of Traditional Cardio Training?
People decide to incorporate workouts into their lives for a variety of reasons: to gain muscle, improve conditioning, cut calories and burn body fat. Most of all, the reason people decide to begin a workout program is to look and feel their best by getting into great shape. To some, getting and maintaining this level of top-notch health and fitness feels more like work rather than an enjoyable activity. This is why most New Year’s Resolutions fall short come spring time.
The path starts strong with goals set in place and the desire to follow through. Then as time goes by, churning out workout after workout on cardio machines often becomes more of a chore than anything else. Face it: running on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike or elliptical machine can grow boring. Besides that, they are not as effective in burning calories and fat as other methods, like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Here are three reasons to consider swapping some of your cardio workouts with MMA classes.
Torch More Calories
According to a study done by the Harvard Health Publications, an average person can burn anywhere from 300-500 calories per 30 minutes during a kickboxing class. In comparison, 30 minutes on a treadmill at 4 miles per hour burns only about 100-200 calories on average. A 30 minute workout on a stationary bicycle burns between 210 - 311 calories. Compared to traditional methods of cardiovascular training, kickboxing burns more calories than all of them.
During boxing, kickboxing, or even Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes, students can not only cut calories and trim body fat, but can also learn self-defense skills. These types of classes teach proper technique of jabs, crosses, kicks, and defensive techniques depending on the style of MMA class. Having real life self-defense skills and being able to protect yourself is a confidence booster as much as it is a reassurance.
Strength in Numbers
With the popularity of MMA events growing by leaps and bounds over the years, MMA classes have become popular as well. Part of this can be attributed to the weight loss benefits and learning self-defense skills, but it’s also become popular to workout in a group setting. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals with the same weight loss and cardiovascular endurance goals as you, helps you stay accountable in pursuit of your fitness goals.
Training for cardiovascular health and weight loss should be something you look forward to, this way you will stick with it. Traditional cardio training can become tiresome, but an MMA class is energetic and ever changing. So if you’re growing bored of using traditional cardio equipment at the gym, try an MMA class for a change of pace. Beat the routine. Train at the caliber of world champions and get in the best shape of your life.
For a fun way to get in shape while learning some useful skills for self-defense, try out a free class!