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5 Kenpo karate moves for full-body fitness

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Kenpo Karate: Martial arts fitness

If aerobic dance classes have you yawning, punch and kick your body into shape with Kenpo. Ellen Nalaboff, celebrity fitness guru, life coach, and owner of Ellen's Fitness Studio in New York, challenges you to try this five-move Kenpo karate workout – it not only shreds calories, it will strengthen and tone every muscle in your body.

2Kenpo Karate: Martial arts fitnessFront kick

Works glutes, hamstrings, core, shoulders and arms

Start position: Stand with your right foot back, left hand chambered by your rib cage and right arm out in clenched fist

Movement: Bring your right knee up and strike leg forward with ball of your foot, while switching your arms in a forceful motion. Return to starting position. Repeat.

Perform: 10 repetitions for each side; 3 sets each

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