Tae Bo is a fitness and workout program that has swept the world. Created in 1976 by tae kwon do and karate expert Billy Blanks, Tae Bo is a multi-disciplinary study that combines elements of tae kwon do, boxing and other fitness routines set to high-energy music. Tae Bo was named for the two major fitness styles from which it was created – tae kwon do and boxing. Billy Blanks also considers Tae Bo an acronym for the phrase “Total Awareness Excellence Body Obedience.” Tae Bo draws some of its signature moves from karate. However, Tae Bo is in no way a combat discipline. The moves are used only for fitness and toning. No throws or ground moves are utilized in Tae Bo routines.
Proponents cite the cardiovascular, strength and endurance benefits that come with a Tae Bo routine. Tae Bo combines not only sports movements, but also hip-hop dance, ballet and weight training. Fans claim that the all-around training provided by Tae Bo allows it to be used on its own as a complete and independent workout, without the need to incorporate other types of workouts. Nonetheless, cross training is always encouraged.
Tae Bo is generally an excellent way to lose weight. Along with covering four of the five components of fitness, this form of exercise hits all of the ways that your body loses weight with exercise. Not only do you burn a lot of calories during the workout, but your metabolism will stay raised for a few hours post-workout. Your muscle mass will also increase with Tae Bo workouts, raising your overall metabolism over time. There are a few caveats to all of this, however. In order for the Tae Bo workout to be an effective part of your weight loss regimen, the intensity of the workout is extremely important. When doing Tae Bo, it is important that you work at the highest level of intensity of which you are capable in order to maximize your weight loss benefits. Like any weight loss program, exercise alone isn’t enough. You also need to combine your Tae Bo workouts with a program of healthy eating. Select a diet plan that will work for you.
Not only is the intensity of your workouts important, but frequency and duration are, as well. Plan a 30 to 60 minute workout about three to four times a week, a 150-pound person doing 60 minutes of high-intensity Tae Bo will burn approximately 690 calories. Adequate rest is also important. Allow yourself one to two days a week of some other type of low intensity exercise such as walking in place of Tae Bo, and schedule adequate rest, as well. If you are new to working out, work your way up to high intensity workouts slowly in order to minimize the chance of injury or overtraining.
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According to the Tae Bo Fans website, there are at least 153 Tae Bo videos and DVDs currently on the market. The videos are divided into Instructional, Basic and Advanced categories. When beginning a new Tae Bo program, you should begin with instructional videos. Spend as much time as necessary using instructional videos, making sure that you are able to perform each move safely. Move on to basic and then to the advanced videos whenever you are ready, taking as much time as you need at each level. Joining a class can help to break up the monotony of working out on your own, as well as keeping you motivated to continue.
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