If you hate to exercise the last thing you want to do are exercises that are boring and don't really do much for you. That's why we've asked top trainers and coaches to share their absolute favorite move ever for beginners (or the one they're just really digging right now) -- the ones that really work and that beginners can actually do.
Name of Move: Roundhouse Kick
Sensei Guillermo Gomez is a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido, certified by Hombu Dojo of Tokyo and the International Aikido Federation. He has over 25 years of experience training in and teaching martial arts all over the world. He is the creator of the Martial Fusion Cardio Kickboxing Workouts DVDs and also teaches Zen meditation, qigong, and other mind-body techniques.
Why He Loves It:
- Great exercise for the core and quads
- Develops core power and stability
- Engages the entire body to achieve power and balance
- Develops flexibility on your legs and hips
- Fantastic drill for the entire legs, all muscles are engage giving that lean and toning result
How to Do It: "The roundhouse kick is a powerful and effective kicking technique in which the attacker swings his or her leg around in a semicircular motion, striking with the front of the leg or foot," explains Gomez. "This type of kick is utilized in many different martial arts and cardio kickboxing workouts, and has many variations based on stance, leg movement, striking surface, and the height of the kick.
1. Start in a fighting stance: One foot is forward, your body is at somewhat of a diagonal position and knees slightly bent. Keep your hands up, palms open or closed. You should feel agile and stable.
2. The roundhouse kick will come from your back leg. Before you start your kick, be sure that you're able to rotate your FRONT foot, which will allow you to open up your hip as your back leg comes forward into the kick.
3. Next, exhale as you bring the back leg forward into a kick, turning to open up your hips, then draw the heel of the foot you kicked out back toward your hip before placing your foot down on the ground.
Practice the movement slowly first on both sides. When you kick on one side you can shuffle back a few feet to try the Roundhouse Kick on the other side. Eventually try to find a flow as you move forward and back. When you start, it's best to focus on form, balance, and the precision of your movements, advises Gomez.
To watch a video of Gomez demonstrating how to do the Roundhouse Kick, click here.
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Photos courtesy of Guillermo Gomez