Book Review: Total Knockout Fitness, Martin McKenzie & Stefanie Kirchner (2014)

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A Beginner’s Perspective

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

Written by Martin McKenzie (a personal trainer based in the UK) and Stefanie Kirchner (an expert in nutrition and holistic health), Total Knockout Fitness provides an overview of boxing for strength, flexibility, cardio fitness, and more. With a step-by-step explanation of total body fitness exercises, as well as boxing form, footwork, and punches, Total Knockout Fitness makes a nice intro guide for beginners. However, more intermediate and advanced practitioners may also appreciate the workout routines designed specifically for them.

Divided into fourteen chapters (or “rounds”), Total Knockout Fitness walks you through various boxing workouts. Starting with Round 5, the authors end each chapter with suggested workout programs that combine the exercises presented in that (and previous) chapters.

Round 1: Equipment – The authors briefly explain the equipment you may need for your workout: a skipping rope, gloves (fitness or bag), hand wraps, focus pads, punching bags, etc.

Round 2: Knowing Your Opponent – Your biggest opponent being yourself! Here newbies and pros alike are encouraged to assess their current fitness level by performing an assortment of activities (e.g., press-ups, crunches, star jumps, toe touches).

Round 3: Tipping the Scales in Your Favor – McKenzie and Kirchner offer some diet tips for good fitness, including a meal plan. While I’m happy that it includes vegetarian options (tofu, vegan meats), I do wish that they’d explored the healthfulness of a plant-based diet.

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