KARATE

What is KARATE?

Karate is predominantly a striking martial art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes.

DURATION

60
MINS

EXERCISE TYPE

Sports

SUITABLE FOR

All ages and skill levels

CALORIES BURNED

APPROX.*
600

METS+

4-6

EQUIPMENT

Martial arts mats

RESULTS: Increased level of confidence, fitness and the ability to defend yourself

*Results may vary from person to person
+What is a MET?

Typical Class Structure

A typical class includes learning a series of proven drills while continuously improving your skills. You will learn light blocking techniques, sticks with hands and feet and later, when more advanced, you will engage in light sparring. Your fitness will continuously improve by attending class regularly.

What You Should Bring To Class

We recommend that you wear comfortable workout clothes that allow you to move around easily and will keep your body temperature cool during the class. Start with loose-fitting pants, t-shirt and clean feet prior to upgrading to a ‘Gi’ (white training suit).

You will receive a grading as you improve and you belt will change in colour. Enjoy!

Low-Intensity Classes

Low-intensity classes feature steady activity. They usually don’t have bursts of intense activity and aim to maintain the same heart rate throughout the class. Low-intensity classes usually have less effect on joints and bones. They’re a good choice for people with health problems that need to take it easy. Low-impact aerobics burns an average of 352 calories per hour, while a dancing class can burn up to 422 calories.

High-Intensity Classes

High-impact aerobics can burn up to 500 calories an hour. And indoor cycling can burn up to 500 calories in 45 minutes. In high-intensity classes, the amount of calories can vary greatly depending on how much effort you put into the workout. For example, you can burn anywhere from 211 and 739 calories an hour using a stationary bike, depending on the intensity of the workout. Kickboxing is another high burner, with 350 to 450 calories burned during a standard 55-minute class.

The Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET), or simply metabolic equivalent, is a physiological measure expressing the energy cost of physical activities and is defined as the ratio of metabolic rate (and therefore the rate of energy consumption) during a specific physical activity to a reference metabolic rate, set by convention to 3.5 ml O2·kg−1·min−1or equivalently:

1 MET is also defined as 58.2 W/m2 (18.4 Btu/h·ft2), which is equal to the rate of energy produced per unit surface area of an average person seated at rest. The surface area of an average person is 1.8 m2 (19 ft2). Metabolic rate is usually expressed in terms of unit area of the total body surface (ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55[1]).

Originally, 1 MET was considered as the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) obtained during quiet sitting.[2][3] MET values of activities range from 0.9 (sleeping) to 23 (running at 22.5 km/h or a 4:17 mile pace).