Which workout is better? Kickboxing? pilates? weight training?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I only really have time to do one most of the week. I am thinking of pairing up pilates with either strength/weight training or kickboxing via LA Boxing. Which one do you guys suggest? the pilates would be on reformer pilates and offer SOME weight training.



on May 24, 2013
at 06:40 AM

I think the best workout is the most entertaining / useful one. Kickboxing sounds pretty badass compared to pilates. You should check out rock climbing, I was really into that for a minute. (Need to get back out there.)

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on May 24, 2013
at 02:22 PM

The very best workout:

  1. Print a picture of the person you hate the most. Or make a mental picture if you think others might know this person. You can also draw your own picture - unless you took art classes, chances are, nobody will recognize this person.

  2. Tape it (even if it is only in your imagination) to a punching bag.

  3. Punch. Punch. Punch. Punch.

Works for me.


on May 24, 2013
at 09:47 AM

Each one of this type of exercises is quite bit different from the other, Kickboxing is more about flexibility and overall stamina, you get some nice decent defence skills also with it :) Pilates would also imply flexibility but in a more relaxed way, promoting overall wellness as its best benefit, and with weight training you do get the most benefits in strength, increased muscle size and maybe a raised hormonal response enhancement and fat burning ability due to nature of the exercise type.

Choosing between these also imply some differences in lifestyle, social aspects, personality and other things because each one is naturally targeted to different kind of people. IMHO if you don't have a well defined goal beyond being somewhat fit and carrying a healthy lifestyle, then I think It would not make a lot of difference which route you take, here the most important thing would be enjoying the activity, getting along with people with the most similar affinities and not overdoing it to allow for natural progress and good recovery to reap the benefits of the sport you choose. I'd stick to weight training but that's biased by my personal preferences and goals.



on May 24, 2013
at 10:35 PM

The best workout is the one you enjoy the most and the one you will actually do. That said, of those choices, a good strength session will have the most powerful impact on your body, especially since this is a once a week thing. If you have any sort of physical or body composition goals, you will be best served with proper strength training. If you enjoy the others, have at it.



on May 24, 2013
at 10:33 PM

Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?


on May 24, 2013
at 06:26 PM

The best workout is.....

.....wait for it.......

.....the one you will actually do.

The greatest workout in the world, if such a thing exists, is useless if you don't do it or hate doing it and sabotage yourself.

Take a moment and write down you goals and the your workout options. Then figure out one looks like something you are willing to do, and enjoy, for the next six months.

Do that, track your progress, then make changes as needed.



on May 24, 2013
at 04:30 PM

I like to do all kinds of things. I think the most important thing is to experiment and then 'follow your bliss.' It's about doing something sustainable, something you get jazzed ABOUT doing or at least know with 100% assurance that once you start, you're in a happy place.

I'm lucky in that I pretty much love to MOVE but I do not enjoy anything competitive. Others wouldn't keep up a solo fitness program, they MUST have that competition as social and impetus to keep moving.

The thing that most surprised me during my experimentation over the years (pre Celiac diagnosis and pre hearing of Paleo) has been I don't hate strength training -- I hate doing 15 bazillion reps with girlie weights. When I tried heavier weights, no more than 8-12 reps to failure, it opened a whole new world. I don't know if it's because it requires less counting or what. ::shrugs::

I always enjoyed jogging (the world's slowest) since I was a kid but can no longer do it due to spinal issues (several orthos told me to stop and I didn't til I had to) but that's dead boring to others.

Pilates (I own a low-end Reformer) is something I like doing to just switch things up. I'd rather play at low impact kickboxing (fun!) and lifting heavy things.

Our ranch is now retired but we still heat with wood. I'm a weirdo who genuinely enjoys slinging 10-30 lb 'sticks' of wood. You should see the sticks we have to split. Those, I cannot pick up but have to use my bodyweight to even flip over on their side! Also, working a Husqvarna is fun. Again, that's not natural but you may want to experiment with doing somethings more manually yourself!

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