Athens Review, Athens, Texas


November 19, 2009

Kickboxing now at Cain Center

These days it seems like everyone is trying to get into shape and burn the fat.

There is the treadmill for running or walking, bicycle riding, stair climbing and many other ways to get your heart rate up.

Karyn Blaney has a new and more exciting way to burn those unwanted calories – Cardio Kickboxing. It is the first fitness program based on professional kickboxing disciplines, coaching science and mixed martial arts training concepts.

“This style of cardio will burn 700 calories in 50 minutes,” Blaney said. “I think it is by far the best all-around workout you can do.”

Blaney holds her classes at the Cain Center on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., but she would like to have classes in the evenings for people that work. and can’t make it in the morning.

“It is mostly ladies that come now in the mornings, but other places I have been there are men and women who love this type of workout,” she said. “I would like to see it grow here. I would love to hold classes in the mornings for people who could come, and then in the evening for those who couldn’t make it then. We’ll just have to see how many people are interested.”

Blaney is quick to show that it is not karate. It is not traditional aerobic dance moves with kicks and punches thrown in. It is not Tae Bo, Cardio Karate or Karate and Aerobics choreographed to music. It is not karate and Aerobics on a step bench, ball, trampoline, or swimming pool.

It is kickboxing for fitness using sports-specific techniques with and without equipment. It’s the top calorie-burning workout at an average of 1,000 calories per hour.

Cardio Kickboxing is the fitness kickboxing program endorsed by the International Kickboxing Federation IKF.

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