I Love Martial Arts Georgia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Never give up on yourself

Laura Brownlee here, your local ilovekickboxing.com instructor!!

Today I want to talk to you about the way you view yourself. We are our own worst enemies in most cases. We think poorly of ourselves or have a negative image of what we see in ourselves, which causes us to not rise to our highest potential.

Why is it easier to believe the bad about ourselves instead of the good? I don’t know, but what I do know is, that your mind is a very powerful tool. You can use it to build yourself up and achieve things that you didn’t think were possible. Maybe you’re struggling to lose ten pounds; maybe you don’t think you’re as good as someone else, maybe you haven’t started working out because you feel insecure.

I want to encourage you today to shake all that off and put on a new attitude about you!! Believe that you are everything you dream to be. Set goals and reach them!

 It will not always be easy, as a matter of fact; it will probably take you out of your comfort zone and be some of the hardest things you’ve ever had to do. But you will realize what you’re made of and how much you truly can achieve. Determination, hard work, dedication and heart are what it takes to be successful. I’m not talking about money success either, don’t get me wrong, that’s great, but to me, success is not measured in money it’s measured in the quality of your life. Are you happy? Are you reaching towards your goals? Are you taking steps every day to become a better you?

You are only limited by what you believe you can achieve!!!!


Benefits of Music during your workout!


Hey guys! Lori Nieves here, your ilovekickboxing.com instructor! I wanted to talk to you today about the benefits of rocking out to music during your workout.


Music can be fun to jam to but there have been several studies about the benefits of music while you’re working out.  Music helps to reduce your perceived effort which makes you think that you’re not working as hard as you are during your workout.  Also, if you match the tempo of your music to your workout, it can boost your endurance and your workout’s efficiency! It also boosts the effort that you put into your workout which makes you push yourself longer and harder. That, of course, will increase your results, and who doesn’t want to do that!!!! 


One problem, if you get too used to the music that you use to work out to, it loses many of these benefits according to recent information from Billboard and Spotify.  If you want to keep going, you should change up your music every few weeks. We use the Songza app (for iphone and android) with the “ drop a beat” category, which plays new music all the time.


Check out this cool infographic about the types of music that most people find effective for different types of workouts ranging from yoga to running.  While there’s no kickboxing specifically, you’ll notice the gym, tae-bo, and jogging seem to have similar attributes.


You can also check this site out that has many up tempo playlists to fit your mood and preferences. There’s even a kickboxing category with several “beat down” playlists!!



Here are a few of my favorites that get me pumped up and ready to kick butt:


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us

Capital Cities – Safe and Sound

Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

Michael Jackson – Beat It

Britney Spears – Work B*tch (Work Work for those with little ears around)


If there’s anything you want to hear during a workout, let me know and I’ll track it down for you.