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Kicking your way to a healthy, toned body

Ann Arbor's YMCA offers a variety of classes in their program called Martial Ways
Ann Arbor's YMCA offers a variety of classes in their program called Martial Ways
Ann Arbor YMCA

For many it is a yearly routine to make that New Years Resolution to get into shape and tone up. However, for many of us a lack of time and workout boredom can take over. This can lead to some anguish in not being able to keep up the goal that was set in the midst of holiday eating while looking ahead to warmer days.

There are classes being held at both the Ann Arbor YMCA and Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center that can keep participants interested and also provide a great way to get in shape. These classes can also give participants a basis in self-defense. Some of these classes include Cardio Kickboxing, Turbo Kick, Karate and Tae Kwon Do.

Classes have started for the winter session, but there is time to sign up for the next session at the YMCA and Murray Recreation Center.

YMCA Classes

The Y offers seven classes under the category of Martial Ways. They are Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo, Qi Gong, Tai Chi Ch'uan and Jujutsu. These classes all have there advantages in building strength, balance, self-defense techniques and energy. But they are not all the same. If you are looking for a less strenuous stress-relief then Tai Chi Ch'uan or Qi Gong may be your best bet. Both offer an energy creating experience while relieving the stress of the work day. However, if sweat and body contact is what you want then Tae Kwon Do and Karate are there to fulfill those needs.

Meri Lou Murray Rec. Center Classes

The Murray also offers Tae Kwon Do classes under the instruction of Grand Master B.C. Yu. This class teaches strength and discipline giving the participant a chance to become proficient in this martial arts technique while getting a full body workout.

Two other classes are also offered that use kicks and choreographed sequences, but have more of an emphasis on the workout then learning self-defense. They are Cardio Kickboxing and Turbo Kick. Cardio kickboxing is a workout that is both great for the lungs and heart, but also conditions the muscles. Turbo kick is also great for the cardiovascular system and helps improve agility and overall fitness.

Many put the tag on these types of classes as being mainly self-defense in nature. Sure some of them have that component, but all of them share the ability to give their participants an opportunity to get in shape through challenging, tried and true methods.

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  • Andrew 5 years ago

    Thanks for this article. Anything with kicks and I'm in.

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