10 Kickboxing Essentials: Coming from a First Timer

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1-2  minutes

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“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Technique from the get go is key to performance down the line.” Maxwell Fayans

Today was my first time attending a kickboxing class. I found Church St. kickboxing on ClassPass and figured I would give it a try. It was a great experience. I learned self defense technique, put on some gloves and worked on some sequences. It is all about technique rather than how hard you hit.  Here are the top 10 things I learned coming from a first timer. One of my goals for 2017 is to learn kickboxing and start going once a week.

  • Stance: I’m a righty so left foot forward and back foot should be more on the toes than your heel
  • Stance: Your back foot toes should be even with the heel of the front foot. You don’t want to be too wide or too narrow
  • Left Hand is the Jab hand.
  • Make a fist but keep your arms more on the loose side then the tense side.
  • Keep your elbows in and hands up at all times. Otherwise you can break a rib from a kick or get hit in the face.
  • When you jab, you step.
  • When you hook, you pivot the front foot.
  • When you kick, you open up the hip and hit with the shin.
  • Don’t lean too forward when you punch (this is something I need to work on). You want to be in balance. At the same time keep your chin down.
  • When you perform high knees or kicks: use your hips to drive forward.

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Tips To Stay Active At Work

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“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” -Tim Ferriss

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

I’m going to talk about a sedentary versus active lifestyle and how you can be active while you’re at work. Something I use is the Move app (it’s free) and I set it to run while I’m at work. Every 60 minutes it will remind me to get up and move. You get a cool quote with the reminder too. Something I do every morning when I get into work is I’ll do some air squats, usually 25 at a time. I also do some stretching which I learned from Pavel Tsatsouline book Relax into Stretch. This will do yourself justice by moving a little bit more each day. By the end of the work day I try to do at least 75-100 air squats.

They say sitting is the new smoking. I have moved to a stand up desk. However, standing in one spot is the not key either. It’s moving around as much as possible all day. I always have a lacrosse ball at my desk and will use it to roll out my feet once a day while standing. This self-myofascial release is key to loosening those small muscles. It feels great. I was also referred to read the book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett which I just ordered. One thing that I enjoyed reading from Starrett online was how to properly stand. I agree that flexing your core at 20%, keeping your shoulders back and glutes tight, will give you better posture. I can’t stand all day so I do have a chair in my office that I will sit at here and there to give my legs a break. How do you maintain an active lifestyle at work?

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