By TERI JOHNSON
Many aerobics students these days are getting their kicks from martial arts techniques.
Exercise classes can incorporate many variations of aerobic kickboxing, says Dianne Hagan-Moats, a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor who is an adjunct professor in physical education at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
"It's a fabulous workout," Hagan-Moats says. "Once you've learned it, you can continue to improve speed, coordination and strength."
The version she teaches at Shepherd is called aerobic boxing.
"Students like to learn about martial arts and boxing," Hagan-Moats says. "They've done aerobics, and they want to learn something new."
Alys Reed, an aerobics instructor at Hagerstown Junior College, says the techniques add variety to her step classes.
"People like it better than step aerobics, because it doesn't involve as much choreography," Reed says.
The moves are fairly simple and increase heart rate, she says.