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One of my most favourite methods of working out is a throwback to my days as an athlete. I love to throw on a pair of gloves and kicking some heavy duty bags – in other words, kick boxing.

If performed correctly this is also one of the best way to burn off calories as the calorie expenditure during this form of exercise is high. I should know. I have been immersed in the world of Muay Thai and Kick Boxing and won some plaudits including the New Zealand Welterweight Muay Thai and Kick Boxing Champion in 1989 to 1991, and the WKA Super Welterweight World Kick Boxing Champion in 1996.

This week we are going to focus specifically on kick boxing, especially kick boxing as a fitness option. Kick boxing is combination of moves based on kicking and punching and was historically developed from Karate, Muay Thai and Western style Boxing.

Its modern day origins are in the 1960s and 70s (historically, its beginnings can be traced to Asia about 2,000 years ago) and it was initially practised for self-defence though soon enough the world began to explore it from first, a sporting point of view and then, as a method of getting fitter.

Kick boxing allows full-contact kicks and punches that have been banned in other sports like karate.