Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Martial Arts Training for Women: Experience


Martial arts training has become one of the most popular activities and workouts in the world.

It is exploding worldwide and you can learn Tae Kwon Do which is one of the most popular of all training types.

I’m sure you have seen television advertisements, videos, and much more about how to learn Tae Kwon Do.

Did it look hard to learn? Did you think I could never do that!?

This is Kalynn’s story and how she got involved martial arts and Tae Kwon Do.

Are you a type A, go getter, ten things at once type of person?

Do you get bored easily with the same old-same old?

Want to know the best way to combat that boredom and bring your health and fitness to a new level?

I spent years trying different healthy workouts beginning with aerobics.

It began in college during the Jane Fonda years when I followed the lead of the girls in my sorority. We put a video tape in the VCR, moved the coffee table out of the way and proceeded to jump, bump and squeeze our way into shape.

This was followed, post-college, by aerobics classes at the gym where I wore cute little leotards and colored tights. I could admire myself in the mirrored wall while following the movements of an enthusiastic instructor. And if I was lucky I’d meet a nice guy in the weight lifting area and, well, that’s another topic.

Marriage brought children. After my first child, via an unexpected, painful, emergency C-section, I bought a step. Once again, I found myself, moving the coffee table out of the way, putting the video tape in the VCR and climbing my way to fitness. It took about a year after my son’s birth to get back into my pre-baby clothes (plus 7 pounds).

Baby number two, via a less painful moderately expected C-section, I bought a slide. The slide was kind of fun. You put little nylon booties over your sneakers and slid back and forth following the video tape in the VCR. What followed was another year to fit into pre-baby clothes (plus 4 pounds).

Somewhere along the way, I took up running as the main stay of my healthy workouts. Oprah was running marathons which meant anybody could do it. I set my alarm for 5:15 AM Monday through Friday and braved the weather to run 2 miles through my neighborhood before my husband had to leave for work. By 6:30 AM he was gone and I was home with my two sons for the day, feeling healthy, workout complete.

Baby number three, another son via a very uneventful, planned and surprisingly painless C-section, I added biking to my morning routine. Now I had variety! I could run the same route every morning. I could bike a different but longer route every morning. Or there was always the stack of video tapes if I felt like moving the coffee table.

Boy was this living!

It took another a year to get back into my pre-baby clothes with zero pounds added. Fast forward three years, morning workouts were still a habit and boring as hell. I didn’t even feel like I was exercising any more because the routines were all so familiar to me, the required effort level was dropping, lower and lower.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Let me give you the answer to what you’ve been seeking. It’s the real deal and I am proof positive that it works. I discovered the benefits of Martial Arts.

Little girl in Martial Arts Training

Martial arts training is a complete healthy workout in every sense of the word. Not only do you increase your physical fitness level in ways you never imagined, but you exercise your mind as well. There is, of course, the standard learning curve to starting something new. But in addition, the training requires you to use your brain.

This kind of healthy workout is very similar to learning ballroom dancing. There are specific steps performed in a specific order at the right pace. You work to learn the proper martial arts techniques to build a solid foundation. And you exercise your mind to remember what comes next while you work your body to new levels of fitness.

One of the best benefits of training in martial arts is that it can be done as a family. It’s a great way to spend time with your kids in a healthy, fun activity. You’ll never get bored because the workout changes every time you go to class. Increased flexibility, strength and confidence are a small sample of the benefits package.

Unlike those aerobics classes, when you get good at the routine, not only does it change, but you earn a belt that tells the world how hard you’ve worked and where you stand in the process.

For a goal oriented, boredom busting, healthy workout, you can’t beat martial arts.

Gloria Brown
Women's health and wellness retreat leader providing vacations and trips for women to get in shape -- and stay that way! On you can find my articles about weight loss, health and women's issues. Please feel free to contact me on

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