If you are looking for a workout that will help tone muscle and burn fat at the same time then kickboxing could be right up your street. And if you need proof that this form of workout is effective, take a look at Courteney Cox's Instagram.
The 57 year old has shared a video of herself powering through a fast-paced kickbox session and she looks like a force to be reckoned with.
Of course, we can't forget that Cox has plenty of pennies to spare on high-end gyms as well as expert fitness and nutritional advice. This inevitably makes staying in shape at 57 that fair bit easier. Nonetheless, having knowledge of things like the best workout equipment for home or the best exercises for weight loss (which we have helpful guides on) can be just as beneficial if you are looking to tone up.
And perhaps the most important factor for getting results from exercise is the effort that we put in. The short clip of Cox below shows the actor doing just this as she performs a few hardcore reps of kickboxing against her trainer:
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She makes it look pretty easy but a kickboxing makes for an intense full body workout. We are told by Rachael Penrose, a fitness trainer at F45 Training (opens in new tab) that it has endless benefits.
Penrose explains, "By rotating, extending and contracting muscles to perform movements, kickboxing targets your upper body, lower body and core all in one hit. The strength used to move through these planes of movement correctly, strengthens and tones your muscles from head to toe."
She adds that the continuous nature of the exercise tests and improves an individual's endurance and cardiovascular fitness. While it benefits you physically it is also effective for sharpening the mind. Kickboxing requires you to respond quickly with kicks as you memorise and perform combinations.
Moreover, this 2014 study (opens in new tab) found that five weeks of kickboxing training (involving three one hour sessions a week) can improve all of the following: upper-body muscle power, aerobic power, anaerobic fitness, flexibility, speed and agility.
You don't need to step into the boxing ring for this kind of workout but if you are keen to give kickboxing a go you will want to invest in some of the best workout clothes for men or best workout clothes for women and prepare to get sweaty.
Jessica is an experienced fitness writer with a passion for running. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition.
When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.
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