For many the idea of martial arts and height increase might seem counter-intuitive. While we know kickboxing as a much loved sporting and even self-defense activity, saying that it can help you increase height sounds too much to believe, right?
But what if we told you it’s possible?! It turns out that kickboxing works many key parts of the body that are associated with height gain. It may not be very popular, but kickboxing is one of the best known natural ways to gain height.
Real-world proof that kicking increases height
Not convinced? Well, sample this, then: fitness studies reveal that kick boxers have legs that are 2-3 inches longer than the average person. And it’s not that taller people tend to become kick boxers – what we’re saying is that in proportion to the rest of their body, kick boxers have longer legs. If you think that this observation is likely to be some fluke related to kick boxers, think again; it’s not just limited to kick boxers, but is observed in soccer players also: their kicking leg is usually a bit longer than the other one!
How can this be? The reason is that kickboxing involves repeated motion and forceful stretching of the muscles of legs, thighs, spine, and related areas, which causes the body to elongate over time.
How to get started with kickboxing
So, you’ve finally decided to give kickboxing a go? Well done, we say! Where should you begin? The best course to take would be to get in touch with a certified trainer for kickboxing. The reason is that kicking isn’t as simple as it seems, and if you’re not careful (by not doing the necessary warm-up, for example), you can easily cause an injury to yourself. So find a trainer around you, tell them that you’re specifically interested in height gain only, and do not intend to “go pro” or something. You might get a good discount also!
What about those who can’t or don’t want to go to a trainer? Well, they can benefit from kickboxing also, but they need to make sure they are doing it right. Start with a daily warm up first, consisting of fifteen minutes of jogging followed by three sets of 100 jumping jacks. After this, your body muscles are nice and warm for a session of kicking. Now stand in the standard combat position with one leg forward. Keep the weight of your body on this forward leg, and swing the other one forward and up in an arc. If you feel like letting out a wild grunt while you kick, do so! The idea is to get into the mood and enjoy it. Do about 40-50 kicks from one leg and then switch. After a round is over, take a rest for 2 minutes and again warm up by doing a round of jogging, followed by 30-40 jumping jacks.
How many kicks should I do?
Remember the sign in the gym that reads “No pain, no gain”? It’s true for kickboxing also. In order to derive any benefits related to your height, you must keep at it diligently. Practice at least 1,000 to 1,200 kicks a day (more is better!) and you should see some good results in a few months. But just like any irresistible deal, there’s a caveat here also: not all people respond to kickboxing at the same rate. Depending on your age, genetics and good habits, it might take you longer to achieve the results you’re after. But one thing is for sure: you will definitely gain some height.
Keep at it!
We know it’s beginning to sound repetitive, but we just can’t leave without insisting on the importance of regularity. For some days it can seem like you’re kicking into thin air for nothing. Don’t let that discourage you! During the early time, it’s your body muscles loosening up and you’ll soon see results. All the best!