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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.

5Kenpo Karate: Martial arts fitnessFront kick - back kick

Works hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, and core

Start position: Start in fighting position: Place your right leg back, bend your knees slightly and bring your hands up to protect your face.

Movement 1: Bring your right knee up to waist-level, then extend your right leg out with ball of your foot. Return to starting position, then quickly go into Movement 2.

Movement 2: Lean forward, look over your right shoulder, then strike your right leg back with the ball of your foot. Return your right leg to waist-level, then return to start position. Repeat.

Perform: 12 repetitions for each side; 2 sets each

Visit for more mind-body workouts or, if you are in the New York area, stop in for a class.

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