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3 At-Home Kickboxing Workouts to Try

Out of all of the workouts that I enjoy doing, boxing is high up on my list of favorites. I just love the intensity and how fast-paced it is. I’ve gone to a few boxing classes at a Title Boxing Club near me recently, and boy are they tough. After the last one I went to, my abs, glutes, and shoulders were sore for a good three days. Every time I laughed or sneezed my mid section would be hurting!

San Diego area readers, I’ve been booking my classes through the Lymber Fitness app – which lets you book classes for a variety of workouts at studios in the area without memberships. It’s great for exercisers like me that like to switch it up a lot! If you’re interested in trying the app out, you can use the code NICOLELYMB-1-21 to get $5 off your first class.

While I love the intensity and hardcore calories burned that a sweat session of hitting the heavy bag brings, I also like doing boxing workouts at home sometimes – especially when I’m crunched for time and am squeezing in a workout in between meetings. Walking into my workout room to sweat it out beats sitting in rush hour traffic to get to a class some days!

That’s why today I wanted to share 3 of my favorite at-home kickboxing workouts. These are workouts that I do all the time in my house, or during weeks like this one where I’m traveling. I’m staying at my parents’ house on the east coast this week, so instead I’m kickboxing in their living room with an audience of family Pit bulls and cats, who like to sit 2.5 inches from where I’m kicking, and also sometimes my nephews, who join in by jumping around and busting out moves of their own. 😉

1.) 30-Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout with Natalie Yco. This half-hour workout is a great calorie burner and I’ve done it many, many times. Any Jillian Michaels’ DVD fanatics may recognize Natalie as one of the fitness models from a few of her workouts. The workout is done with a jump rope, but I usually just do my own cardio moves instead – such as jumping jacks, lateral hops, squats, etc.

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ClassPass: A Great Fit for the Hyperactive Exerciser (Like Myself)

When people ask me what workouts I typically do, I usually rattle off a list of things: hiking, kickboxing, cycling, strength training, yoga, rowing, barre, and so on. I usually follow it up by saying something along the lines of, “I do a lot of different regimens, but I’m not really an expert at any of them.”


It’s true, I’ve never been into just doing one type of workout. I know that lots of people are strictly runners, or are amazing yogis and that’s their signature regimen, or wherever their fitness passion may lie, but for me, I’ve always wanted to do a bit of everything. I call it exercise ADD, and I figure that as long as I’m moving, it’s good for my body and soul to keep switching it up.

ClassPass San Diego

Over the past month, I’ve been trying out ClassPass. You can check out my full intro to ClassPass here, but the overall gist is that it’s a program that just hit San Diego last month that allows members to schedule classes at lots of different nearby studios. I’ve found that for fellow fitness lovers who enjoy variety, ClassPass is a great option.

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Getting in the Zone

When I woke up this morning, I immediately felt muscle soreness (in my shoulder blades, glutes, and obliques to be exact!). Call me a weirdo, but I both hate and love this feeling. I wasn’t sure if I should go to boxing tonight already feeling fatigued, but I decided to go for it.

On my way there, my mind was drifting and I actually missed the exit for the gym. I had to loop back around the highway at the start of rush hour traffic and started thinking that maybe this was a sign that I shouldn’t go. But I made it there, and boy, am I glad I did.

The class was smaller than any others I’ve been to, which I liked. We partnered up and I immediately got in the zone – partly because I have a friendly competitive nature during workouts and like how a partner motivates me, partly because my partner was a girl who I could immediately tell was a little bit nutty competitive. She made a few questionable comments to/at me during the workout (at one point she accused me of cheating, but I think she was just mad I was beating her ;-)) and the look in her eyes was kind of – how do I put it nicely – very focused and angry (possibly slightly psychotic!). At one point I laughed at something and she gave me a death stare in response. I’m pretty sure she either disliked me for no apparent reason or was picturing an ex-boyfriend as she punched and kicked at me. It made for an interesting class, and needless to say, I got an awesome workout in. I’m thinking that tomorrow is going to be a strictly pilates workout to stretch out all my soreness!


Tonight I decided to try out a box of couscous I recently got, and quickly threw together a yummy meal.

Sesame, Avocado & Tomato Couscous

Serves 1 – or you could use the whole box of couscous & triple the other ingredients to make 3 servings, and bring it to work/school/wherever for a meal on-the-go.

  • 1 cup of wheat couscous (I obviously made the whole box & have leftovers to use for later this week.)
  • 1 oz (about 1/4) avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1 TSP toasted sesame seeds

Cook couscous according to directions. When it’s done, put a cup of it in a bowl. Then mix in the sesame oil, avocado, tomatoes, and sesame seeds.

Stats: 360 calories, 18 g fat, 10 g protein, 46 g carbs

No matter what it is I’m doing, Harley likes to be right in the middle. This sometimes makes at home workouts comical, as she always finds a way to get involved – whether she’s putting her tennis ball on my back as I’m holding a plank pose, jumping on me thinking I’m playing with her while I run in place, or sliding herself underneath me to lay down as I’m doing push-ups. Yesterday was no exception, as I snapped this photo of her playing on top of the workout list I was trying to reference:

Anyone else have a (totally lovable, pain in the butt!) pet who constantly likes to be in the middle of whatever you’re doing?

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

I’ve been feeling crazy busy lately and my Tuesday just flew by!

Remember when I had dinner at a restaurant specializing in crepes and then said I was going to learn how to make them well myself?

Well, that idea was temporarily put on hold when I spotted these bad boys next to the strawberries at the food store the other day:

I’ve eaten a crepe every morning since I bought them, trying out new fruits and toppings each time. This morning’s recipe was my favorite thus far. I ate it for breakfast, but it definitely could (or maybe should?!) be a dessert.

Apple Pie Crepe for 1

  • 1 Ready to use crepe (Melissa’s)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
  • 1 TSP brown sugar (365 Organic)
  • A bit of lemon juice to give it a zing (I squeezed juice from 1/2 of a small lemon)
  • 2 TBSPs of vanilla yogurt (Stonyfield Field Farm Oikos Greek)
  • A pinch of nutmeg

In a bowl, combine apple, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Mix with a spoon.

Pour mixture onto the crepe (I left some apple pieces to throw on top, but this is optional).

Warm crepe up in the microwave, 30-45 seconds (Or, if you have an ancient microwave like me, 1 minute!).

Roll up the crepe, then top with yogurt, remaining apple chunks, and an additional sprinkle of cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts: 190 calories, 1 g fat, 7 g protein, 42 g carbs

My New Workout

I recently purchased a (I think Living Social) deal for unlimited access to a boxing gym. I used to do kickboxing classes all the time and loved them, so I jumped at the chance to change up my workout routine and do some classes again. Plus, the deal was only $25 instead of the usual price of $170, so I just could not resist it.

Now, I am no kickboxing or boxing expert by any means whatsoever. I haven’t even done a class in a few years, though I will pop in one of my Tae-Bo DVDs once in awhile (Did I just admit that on the Internet?). Yesterday when I decided to start my month of membership, I was mostly looking forward to it.

But there was also a thought in the back of my mind… What if I totally suck and have no idea what’s going and look like a complete moron? 

I went to the class anyways.

I was a sweaty mess by the end of my workout. I didn’t know what the hell the instructor was saying probably half of the time. And I got corrected for improper form more than once. But you know what? I had fun doing something challenging that I’m not used to doing. And you know where I was again this evening? My new boxing gym for another ass kicking.

So the point is, sometimes getting out of our comfort zones is a little awkward. We aren’t sure what to expect and are slightly afraid of falling on our faces (sometimes literally, as is the case with doing some of those boxing drills!). But we shouldn’t let that stop us from trying new activities and finding new loves in life.

After all…

“If you only do what you know you can do – you never do very much.” – Tom Krause