Cheryl Cullina is an accomplished professional in the fitness industry, teaching several different class formats including Cardio Kickboxing. She has been a group exercise instructor for 15 years, completing certifications from the American Fitness Association of America, International Fitness Professionals Association, Les Mills International, and Powder Blue Productions, in kickboxing, step, yoga, weight and personal training, youth and senior fitness, nutrition, obesity, and exercise science. Holding an MBA from Michigan State University, Cheryl is also a computer engineer who, for several years, merged computer technology with the health care and fitness industries by evaluating and integrating evolving computer systems with physical therapy equipment for diagnostic assessments and rehabilitation solutions. Her passion for helping make people well inspired her to coach personal and group exercise classes, enthusiastically motivating all people, all ages, to take charge of their health by safely improving their cardiovascular fitness and body’s energy, strength, flexibility, balance and posture. Cheryl is a member of a Demo Team and has performed at National Health Fairs, Earth Day celebrations, annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day, and March of Dimes Walk America.
Cardio Kickboxing - Warm-up
Professional fitness trainer Cheryl Cullina demonstrates how to warm-up for cardio kickboxing.
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Cheryl Cullina: Hi! My name is Cheryl Cullina and we are here to talk about a non-contact cardio kick box class. Before you start any exercise program, it's important to warm up, do a few dynamic stretches.
Let's get started with some examples of those. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced exerciser, let's get started by warming up a bit. A step touch is always a good move, warms up the lower body rolling the shoulders back, lifting the chest, and perhaps a squat tap with a reach in the arms. You always want to include your upper body, as you warm up, and as you become warmer, a twist side-to-side lengthens out your back. Perhaps we could take this to heel digs. Sitting low into your seat, and back into the heels, and then wide again, and into a few stretches. Inner thighs here, maybe a rotation, a slight rotation as you warm up through the mid section, a calf raise and a stretch out through the calf, lifting through the arms, reaching back.
It's important to do both sides, one side then the other, get them both done. That's our warm up for a cardio kick box class. Your warm up and your dynamic stretching should continue for five to ten minutes. Let's move on.