The popularity of kickboxing/boxing programs are booming! Celebrities and fitness experts alike credit these workouts as some of the most effective for participants of all ages and abilities. In addition to the incredible natural calorie burn, these class styles also offer an unequaled stress relief element. Smash Hit’s proprietary classes not only maximize these elements, but also capitalize on even more health benefits for its members. One key example is that with each punch or kick thrown you develop precise coordination, and a sense of focus that can harness inner power, taking you from fitness enthusiast to advanced athlete in a short time.
Below are a sample of some of the key ingredients we have honed over the past 20 years and successfully passed on to students:
SAFETY IN MOVEMENTS: Safety is our first priority for our members. We have done extensive research on the American Council on Exercise and other major fitness organizations’ recommendations for the best ways to avoid injury. We teach students how to properly and safely execute moves throughout every class.
WARM UP: Combines music and aerobic warm up with a means to an end in a memorized routine. We use the warm up as a rehearsal of various kickboxing moves that are thrown relaxed and fluid. Through this repetitive warm up these moves become second nature and are easily incorporated into practice.
REAL MOVES, REAL BENEFITS: We don’t just throw our arms and legs to feel like we are kickboxing or boxing. We are actually learning the sport! Yes, it might take a little more learning and concentration at first, but it’s worth it.
SELF-DEFENSE COMPONENT: Let’s face it, most people don’t want to think about fighting or having to defend themselves. That said, because we teach proper fighting form is you were ever in a situation where you had to defend yourself you would have the knowledge to do so. We teach our classes with great music and a fun filled spirit, but still with the important safety elements of proper form at all times should the unthinkable ever happen.
SPORT COMPONENT: Kickboxing and boxing offer incredible stamina and strategy building that can be applied to any sport. You will work your mind and body in every class.
HEAVY BAGS TO BUILD FOCUS, SAFETY & RESISTANCE: Proper form on the heavy bag increases speed and power which in return will provide your muscles with the same overload principle used in light load endurance weight training to build muscle mass. This will also build bone density and help out even those with arthritic conditions.
BUILD POWER, SPEED & ACCURACY IN MOVES: We hone these three important elements that fit together as one to create real fight ability, for anyone who is interested in competing. If you are going to throw thousands of strikes and kicks in every class, you might as well do it right, for the fight!
SYSTEM OF GOALS: We use a set number of movements set to combinations that have a reason and rhyme. The goal of memorizing is reached without worry or stress as each and every class will include these practice sets through the teaching concept of “building.” We provide the goal. For instance, the Art of Invisibility, you achieve it over time and come to realize completion.
SAFE MOVEMENT FOR ALL AGES & ABILITIES: All moves in kickboxing/boxing are controlled, focused moves. They are designed to work from a stance that allows for proper bio-mechanics and ease of movement from point A to point B. The student learns to have an inherent boundary that eliminates hyper extensions and other forms of injury. Moves are basic enough for participants to work at their own pace.
FLOOR WORK: Abdominal drills that simulate ground fighting increase core strength from a fighter’s guard position that is similar to wrestling and MMA athletes’ conditioning level. Arm work is developed from prone position movements.
STRETCH: While not spending an enormous amount of time on stretching, the class will increase flexibility. Just practicing in our warm up; the controlled “iso-kick” stretch and strengthen move that prepares the student for kick practice will double your leg flexibility within a month. Kick practice enhances this as well.
BLENDS SERIOUS DISCIPLINE WITH FUN & RELAXED ATMOSPHERE: Style of teaching is important. While we take each move and its proper execution seriously, and emphasize its importance in fight situation, we may mix the tone of discipline and concentration through a “drill sergeant” tone, with “dance and sport analytical coaching,” and be comical at the same time. Formal moves without formal rituals.
FAT-BURNING FORMULA: The class format uses both high Intensity and low Intensity exercise
Beginners start off with low intensity and build duration. This will kick in the fat burning, while developing technique through repetitions, and preparing the body for more advanced training. Theses advanced combinations and intervals provide peak anaerobic performance. This kicks up the metabolic burn even more. The primary goal is to build up to a 45-minute, low-intensity heart rate mixed with short high intensity rates, that is most effective for burning fat. We encourage you to maximize the calorie burn during your workouts as long as you keep it within your own physical limits and don't risk injury.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT: To further show how our moves are real kickboxing/boxing techniques we offer non-contact partner drills. These add to camaraderie and fun social engagement with others in class while empowering participants to see firsthand the skills they are gaining.
Smash Hit Kickboxing classes can offer you a great new skill but also help you lose weight, tone your muscles, and get in great shape. You’re going to burn between 600 and 800 calories, and even after the class, your metabolism remains high. So if you want the best results here are 4 tips that can help you achieve your best in Kickboxing.
Kickboxing class once a week on average won’t cut it for getting significant results on metabolism and improving technique to allow you to get higher intensity workout. Twice a week will greatly increase results and 3 a week on average you will triple results. If you have schedule issues, consider PT or other forms of exercise when you can get it in.
70 percent of weight loss is due to your daily diet. Let’s assume you’re eating healthy. Paying attention to portions. For example, Restaurants may serve over sized portions. Let’s look at one food group. Protein is often underestimated as a major diet issue.
Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 10% to 35% of their day's calories from protein foods. That's about 46 grams of protein for women, and 56 grams of protein for men.
It's not hard to get this amount if you eat two to three servings of protein-rich foods a day, according to the CDC.
A small 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein. A typical 8-ounce piece of meat could have over 50 grams of protein.
3. Goal Setting
This is a Biggy. Having specific goals rather than vague goals like “I want to lose weight” can help. So you can say “I will attend 9 times this month and take fewer breaks”, “I will increase from 50 punches per round to 100 within one week”. Goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-based.
4. Be determined and motivated
As soon as your able to push your intensity level, take it to the limit. Give your all. We have mental techniques we can share with you. I know our instructors at Smash Hit Kickboxing will push you. We can help you set goals.
WebMD feature. By Cari Nierenberg reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on February 28, 2011, How Much Protein Do You Need? (Blog Post) http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/how-much-protein
You already know that kickboxing burns up many calories fast and fires up your metabolic rate. But are your aware of how it “busts” Stress.
Managing stress is not foreign to anyone. Many people have come to kickboxing thinking “wow. I would love to punch something” After this, they find that there are several ways in which kickboxing helps reduce negative stress.
Stress does impact your heath. It’s been proven to contribute to faulty fat storage. Sleep disruptions, and a host of other medical issues
Here is a few ways Kickboxing helps in stress management
1. Kickboxing releases endorphins
The bodies “feel-good hormone” that leaves you feeling great, elevates your mood and gives you a feeling of accomplishment and elation. Stress reduces the output of endorphins, and creates cravings for fatty foods, which pile up in the abdominal area. So kickboxing classes at Smash Hit Kickboxing Club will kill two birds with one stone.: your body increases endorphins, while your increase calorie burn.
2. Provides you with coping instruments
Kickboxing stems from traditional Karate and the sport of boxing with the aim of preparing the fighter’s spirit and mind. The fight philosophy and methods all help in improving your decision making, calming your fears and projecting self-confidence. The same skills used to build a coping instruments for stress. So when kickboxing class at Smash Hit Kickboxing Club, you are putting in place a mechanism that will ensure that your stress levels remain low.
3. Sense of fear desensitization
Kickboxing classes at Smash Hit Kickboxing Club often include non-contact partner drills. Although we are not getting hit as in full contact sparring, you will need to confront your fear of getting hurt. This continual experience as it allows you to deal the immediate fear from the class exercise being performed, but all your internalized fears which may be causing you stress. Stress is often produced when you are afraid that something bad will happen real or imagined, mostly because you don’t feel able to protect yourself. Kickboxing class gives you the self-assurance to face those fears.
4. Proper breathing technique
In high stress moments, we forget how to breathe. Irregular breathing patterns contribute to your stress level as well as your health complications. Kickboxing class teach how to regulate your breathing and reinforce breathe properly. This lesson will serve you not only in kickboxing class but also in real life scary situations that arise quickly.
5. Increased energy
When you first start you will definitely feel fatigued, but after regular attendance you will feel invigorated and at the top of the world at the end of class, and even throughout the day. This is because kickboxing class at Smash Hit Kickboxing Club is increasing your energy and serotonin levels. This kind of feeling combats stress more than anything.
Ok, so here it is. You will lose weight and get fit and keep fit. Burn up to 800 calories in class and keep your metabolism burning well afterwards. That’s not all! You will knock down stress levels that will keep you healthy and vital in a fast paced life. It’s a win-win.
One of the most effective, efficient, and fastest methods for teaching proper punching and striking skills is focus mitt and kick shield training. This type of training is fantastic for beginners to teach basic skills and learn the new movement vocabulary.For the more practiced student it will take you up 100 percent in your fight ability.
The pads are held by a coach at different ranges, positions and levels. The puncher and pad holder work together to build offensive and defensive skills that sharpen reflexes and condition the body.
Here are more detailed benefits…
It’s fun and interesting
Focus mitts are fun and engage the “fight game instinct”. Performing a wide variety of strategic sequences while feeling the impact and hearing the popping sound on connection of the mitt provides immediate feedback. With each training session you increase your offensive and defensive ability.
Learn kickboxing skills quickly
You can pick up basic skills faster, and develop the visualization of a real person directly in front of you. You have no choice but to hit the target given to you. On the heavy bag alone, one often forgets to really focus on a spot letting punches fly reducing the most you can get out of every punch.
Focus mitts are small so they insist upon the development of accuracy. When moved quickly into different positions and at different angles, they are one of the best methods for developing eye hand coordination and accurate combination punching.
As they are moved into different angles and depths they can be used to develop quick thinking, timing, and "non-telegraphic" delivery.
Holding Mitts improve sparring ability
Focus mitts can teach one how react to being punched at before the punch is even thrown. Reading their opponent's mind and anticipating what is about to happen before it does.
While holding mitts you can see punches and kicks travelling in your direction, as you begin to establish "pattern recognition" your ability to foresee and defend yourself from attack is enhanced.
Fight Flight adaptation (HIT PSYCHOLOGY)
Focus mitt training can be the first step in simulating sparring, or actual all out fighting due to a danger situation calling on self defense. Little by little one can learn to deal with fight flight so as not to freeze.
The mitt holder can answer back a combination with a slap towards your guard to test your defense block reaction. You can soon answer back with your own counter.
For most people the idea of having someone throw punches at them is uncomfortable and brings about immediate anxiety. Panic sets in and one freezes in combative situations.
Focus mitts increases your comfort level with being in the similar position of hitting and being hit. Developing the ability to block and counter, react and direct under pressure.
As a holder yourself you can see weaknesses in the puncher’s positions. For example, when your partner throws a left hook and had his guard low, as a holder you can see it while it's happening, and visualize what counter you might use simultaneously. If you can see it your mind, you can see the counter you would use. So your mind is training to respond immediately.
After several focus mitt sessions you will see a major increase your kickboxing skills. We have high skilled trainers that are willing to work one on one to bring you up to higher levels through focus mitt training. To start you only need 30 minutes per session.
Going to smash hit kickboxing has changed me for the better. I am more determined in everything i do to finish the job even if it may be challenging. I learned that you can have a blast working out. its been truly awesome. i wish i didn't have to move away to go to college so i could still attend classes. i love smash hit kickboxing and ill be back over breaks :) "
Tyler, we are so proud of you. You came in here as a gentle men, and left as gentle giant in so many ways. I know that you will do well because you have proved that hard work and steady discipline brings you to your goals and dreams.
All the best.
Smash Hit Team
Smash Hit Kickboxing Club has started Small Group Training (SGKT) or semi-private training (2-6 participants) for Morning and day time weekday and weekend hours.
Here are 10 benefits SGKT offers:
1. Personal attention – While Group Exercise offers many benefits, the instructors are not always able to see and correct each individual class member.
2. More economical – Personal Training provides the most personal attention and greatest opportunity to succeed. Some people, however, may find that SGKT fits into their budget better and still gives them the attention they need.
3. Variety – By working with an skilled fitness professional, your workouts will change/evolve as you progress, preventing hitting a plateau and boredom.
4. Camaraderie – It’s always great to have company. Sharing the workout enhances the experience for participants.
5. Motivation – Having someone right beside you can drive you a bit harder than you may do on your own.
6. Support – Both the Trainer and other participants are there to help you get through the challenges of the workout and other life obstacles.
7. Greater focus – There’s no time to let your mind wander with a Trainer keeping tight programming and always guiding you.
8. Fun – Fun, fun, fun. The right exercise program done with new and old friends can definitely be fun.
9. Adherence – studies shows that members that are involved in programs are more likely stick with it. With all of the previously listed benefits, you can see how you would keep coming back.
10. Results – When you bond with a well crafted program, you will get the results.
Small Group Kickboxing Training can be an alternative between larger Group Exercise and One on One Personal Training, may be the answer to helping you reach your goals in 2015. Why not give it a try.
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How many NEW YEARS RESOLUTION’S have you really completed? In most cases they answer would be none, right. People have great intentions on eating right and training right, but start with their own direction and design. For instance; ‘I will join a gym’.
In the gym people have to motivate themselves. It can be hard to come up with their own routines and diets, unless they hire a costly personal trainer. If the person was so disciplined they would be going to the gym for regular workouts already and not to just be there for their New Year resolution. Most likely quitting the gym shortly after enrolling.
That’s the splendor of our kickboxing classes; you never have to motivate yourself because the trainer guides you. You never have to create your workout routine. We go by a curriculum that is created by smash hit pros. Besides teaching you how to work- out correctly we teach people how to defend themselves. For that one hour it will be impossible to think about your daily stresses. It’s almost as if you’re on a mini vacation for that hour. There a many small goals that are achievable and before you know it, you have achieved your New year resolution.
Recovery Kickboxing Mission
Thousands of Metro Detroit's people are struggling with weight gain, anxiety, depression, stress, or addiction. Our mission is to add this specialized kickboxing format to aid in ones recovery.
To offer the addiction disorder community an affordable and fun opportunity to enhance their fitness lifestyle, socialize in healthy goal building environments. Participants will empower the mind, body, and spirit through the many benefits of kickboxing and martial arts workouts.
Metro Detroit and Oakland County addiction treatment statistics
Over 254,000 Michigan individuals made an effort toward addiction treatment through state funded programs last year- with the highest numbers occurring in our Detroit area, especially, Macomb, and Oakland counties. Many more thousands enrolled in private programs and remain involved in continued community fellowships such as 12 step programs and support groups.
(Source: Michigan Department of Community Health, Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Administration Bureau of Substance Abuse & Addiction Services Report for Fiscal Year 2009. "
Karl Mayry's Interval Blast
I have been practicing Martial Arts and Kickboxing spanning decades. As a way of life, and one of my true passions, it’s kept me in fantastic shape. I will be frank; I push my students hard, so hard that I realized they were in better shape than me. Like any of us, sometimes it’s easily to fall off the wagon of fitness. I had been inundated with my business, family, and kickboxing instruction at Smash Hit. No time to devote to an everyday workout regime that would keep me in peak performance.
So you know what i did ?
One, I spent a few hours a week at the club doing my own Kickboxing cross training workout that I use for my students.
Two, I joined in on the class as my students already had a mostly good grasp of the moves. Now, after 45 days, I am back in tip top shape, and lost 30 pounds. I feel so much more focused and less stressed.
This will really work for you! If you want to get in the best shape of their life and learn real self defense to boot make room for at least one hour a week to start.
If you have not been involved in Smash Hit Classes or strong fitness training have no worries.
Thursday's 6:45 pm
This combination of Plyometrics and Cardio Kickboxing is a perfect mix!
Well our first class was today, and I saw the coaches deliver a fantastic class. In came new faces, new clients, who were a little scared because they have not been working out. What they found, was two instructors who brought out the best and connected with everyone in the room. Even my daughter 3 months shy from her second birthday was trying some of the fun drills. Don't get me wrong this is no kids class. I recommend this class to beginners and regular exercisers.
Join us for an 1 ½ hour workout that will speed up your metabolism, tighten your whole body with supreme definition, and burn over 1,000 calories. With a combination of plyometrics, cardio kickboxing, and heavy bag resistance work. You burn even more calories because large muscle groups are being engaged during the plyometric segment of the workout, and the high impact cardio portion of the kickboxing drills raises the bar to another level.