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What Is Kenpo X in P90X?

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Dustin Bogle is an experienced personal trainer, group fitness instructor, nutritionist and fitness article writer. His articles have been featured in "Daily Press" newspaper and "Fresh Ink" newspaper.
What Is Kenpo X in P90X?
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Kenpo X was created to give P90X aficionados a high-intensity cardiovascular workout packed with lots of punching and kicking combinations to improve balance, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, will guide you through each exercise and instruct you how to perform each movement with precision and control.

History of Kenpo Karate

Kenpo is used as a cardiovascular self-defense workout. Kenpo karate started with native Hawaiian Ed Parker Sr., who studied under martial arts master William Chow and Lau Bon. Parker's journey exposed him to the spectrum of martial art forms that originated in China, India, and Asia, which he combined to create Kenpo, a raw street-fighting style and the first American system of martial arts.

The Workout

The Kenpo X workout involves a warm-up, 45 minutes of drills and then a cool-down. The drills include kicking, punching, some blocks, and a few combinations. Also, the workout has cardio breaks sprinkled throughout that involve doing jumping jacks and plyo jacks to keep your heart rate up throughout the routine. Kenpo X is one of the few P90X workouts that don’t require exercise equipment; only your body weight is needed.

Benefits of Kenpo X

Kenpo X is a non-stop cardiovascular workout that will increase your aerobic endurance, burn calories and promote heart health. This martial arts inspired routine will give a well-rounded core workout, since you will utilize your abs to lift your legs during kicks, and twist the obliques during punches. Also, Kenpo X will increase flexibility, since this workout is one of the more athletic routines included in the P90X program.

Increasing Intensity

If you've performed the Kenpo X workout multiple times and would like to increase intensity could use various exercise equipment such as weight gloves or a weighted vest. Weighted gloves will increase the difficulty of each punch thrown during the workout and increase your calorie burn. A weighted vest will increase intensity during kicks, jumping jacks and plyo movements. Beginners should avoid increasing intensity until they feel that they have become proficient in their punches, kicks and combos.

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