Kickboxing is considered a high-intensity and high-impact exercise. People who participate in kickboxing can expect to improve balance, flexibility, cardiovascular health, endurance, coordination and strength. Many participants also report mental benefits, such as increased self-discipline and self-confidence.
Cardio kickboxing classes teach kickboxing moves to music and don’t involve physical contact between participants. A 125-lb. person burns an average of 600 calories in an hour of kickboxing, according to Harvard Health Publications. In the same amount of time, someone who weighs 155 lbs. can burn 744 calories kickboxing, and a 185-lb. person burns 888 calories. Calorie burn can also depend on the level of intensity and the overall fitness level of the participant.