With a new year comes the opportunity to try new workouts! You may have noticed an addition to the class line-up on the January schedule: Cardio Lunchbox with Katie Hutchins on Wednesdays at 12:30. This is a 30 minute non-contact boxing based workout intended to improve cardiovascular fitness, build endurance, and increase coordination and agility. Cardio Lunchbox is a great fit for those who are looking for a fun and challenging way to burn calories and boost energy in the middle of the day.

In this class, Group Fitness Instructor Katie Hutchins offers movements for all levels, for those looking to push their limits to those just getting started with group exercise classes. Katie is a firm believer in starting slow, and gradually increasing the intensity of the workout as your capacity and skills increase.

Non-contact boxing can be a good workout option for adults as it can help to improve coordination, agility, and balance while improving cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, non-contact boxing workouts can be beneficial for individuals recovering from an injury or for those who are unable to participate in other forms of exercise due to physical limitations. However, it is important to note that each individual’s physical capabilities will vary and that older adults or individuals recovering from injury should consult with a doctor before starting any new exercise program.

The Cardio Lunchbox class will typically incorporate a variety of exercises that are designed to mimic the movements used in actual boxing. These exercises may include:

  1. Shadow boxing: This involves punching the air in various combinations, while maintaining a defensive posture and moving your feet.
  2. Bag work or pad work: This involves hitting a heavy bag, speed bag, or focus mitts held by a trainer or partner with punches and combinations of punches. 
  3. Kicking work: This involves different kicking techniques on or off the bag to increase balance, coordination, and power.
  4. Footwork drills: This involves moving around the room in various patterns and directions, such as shuffling, skipping, and jumping rope. Participants may use an agility ladder or other equipment to challenge coordination and balance.
  5. Cardio: This includes exercises with big full body movements like toe tap jacks, step ups, and even walking, to raise your heart rate and improve heart and lung health. 

It is important to note that these movements can be adapted to each individual’s needs and abilities, and Katie’s goal as an instructor is to provide options for every attendee in her class. If you are looking for a way to shake up your exercise routine, knock out boredom, and get a great kick of energy, give Cardio Lunchbox a try  Wednesdays at 12:30 pm!