If you're looking for a tough workout that'll make you feel like you can kick any boy to the curb, Krav Maga is it. The official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, this form of hand-to-hand combat has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the United States, who also realized that learning and practicing the moves can give you one heck of a workout. From punches to blocks to kicks and more, here's the 411 on Krav Maga!
5 Things You Need to Know About a Krav Maga Workout
1. Take time to learn the moves. Just like any new class or exercise, there's a learning curve for first-timers. So once you find a Krav Maga gym in your area, call to see if you can come in for an intro class. Many of the moves in Krav Maga take some practice to do with proper form, so start slowly and start right!
2. Look into finding a fitness version of the class. Once you've mastered the moves, see if your Krav Maga gym has fitness-centered classes. Most gyms offer classes that allow you to practice Krav Maga along with other cardio moves and drills to give you one heck of a workout.
3. Intervals get results. The best part about Krav Maga is that you go all out punching, blocking or kicking followed by rest. Research shows intervals are one of the best way to get in shape fast!
4. Come prepared. You should treat a Krav Maga workout like any other exercise session, so be sure to come hydrated and well fueled. Also make sure to have a towel and extra water on hand!
5. Recover, recover, recover. Because Krav Maga is a functional workout that works your entire body in ways that you're probably not used to, expect to be dang sore after your first few workouts. Remember that this is normal and give yourself a few days to recover before going back for more!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.