Working Out Tae Bo Style

February 13, 2009

Here’s the next installment of our look at different types of workout programs. Unlike the last one, the Tae Bo workout is perfect for exercising at home. If you like a challenging workout that’s fun and energetic, tae bo might be just the ticket.

Tae Bo has been around for several years. In the 80s, Billy Blanks, a former Tae Kwon Do martial arts champion brought together his martial art training and boxing to create the groundbreaking workout that is still a phenomenon 20 years later. The workout has continued to evolve to promote fitness in all shapes and sizes of people.

People who have followed Tae Bo since the beginning are still getting their money’s worth from the workout. Not only does the kickboxing portion ramp up the heart rate, but the kicks and punches also build muscle and burn fat. It is a total body workout that is suitable for men, women, young and old.

Tae Bo videos and DVDs are sold in major stores all over the country and online at Blanks’ website, The workouts begin with a warm up and a stretch which is crucial to any workout. Beginning workouts demonstrate the moves in slow motion and then in time with the music so that everyone can get used to moving their body in these ways. More advanced workouts follow when you master the beginning videos.

Through each workout, Billy Blanks performs the moves with the class and talks the audience through each move, encouraging everyone to continue and not give up. He combines his faith with his fitness expertise to get even the most sedentary people off of the couch and moving their bodies.

The Tae Bo series continued with Tae Bo Boot Camp®. These DVDs are meant to combine resistance bands with cardio boxing moves to ramp up your fitness level. The routines are demonstrated slowly and then you move faster for fitness.

Tae Bo also has a series entitled Tae Bo Amped®. These series of routines use a weighted resistance bar to add weight to the workout for muscle building. Periods of intense cardio are mixed with kickboxing routines for increased fat burning.

The latest DVD series is Tae Bo T3®. Each new series adds another component to the kickboxing moves to enhance fitness and keep the body constantly changing. No two routines are the same and with this type of workout, tapes and DVDs can be alternated for an entire week of great workouts that won’t become monotonous. You are encouraged to perform a different workout five to seven days a week with a day or two off for rest.

On the Tae Bo website, fans can find workout schedules to help them alternate for muscle confusion and to avoid boredom. With any of the workout programs you purchase, there is an eating plan included to maximize results.

Tae Bo workouts do not use professional fitness trainers, but real people, to demonstrate the workout. They sweat just like you do. Billy Blanks keeps the workouts fresh and motivating so that participants will continue until they reach their goals.

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