Have you ever wanted to kick your unreasonable boss in the gut?
Wouldn't it be nice to deliver a punch to that ex-mate who is still giving you headaches?
You are not likely to do either, but hitting a heavy bag during a kickboxing class might be the next best thing.
"Kickboxing is great for relieving stress," said Kim McFaline, owner of iLoveKickboxing.com in Midland.
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She said another benefit is learning self-defense moves that build confidence and are valuable if you were ever attacked.
While kickboxing provides those assets, McFaline said the main emphasis at her business is getting people in tip-top physical condition.
"Fitness has always been a passion of mine," she said.
That is why she gave up a lucrative job selling insurance to open her business on June 13 at Lakeside Village on Kitty Lake Drive off Beaver Run Road.
McFaline calls kickboxing a great workout that combines martial arts techniques, resistance training and heart-pumping cardio.
"The entire body gets toned," she said.
McFaline said women may burn 600 calories and men 800 in a one-hour class.
"It is an intense workout," she said. "It really challenges you."
She said the fat-burning workouts help take off weight that leads to high blood pressure and diabetes.
Participants progress at their own pace.
"You don't have to be in great shape," McFaline said. "We will get you into great shape."
Conditioning begins every class. She said for 20 minutes, participants do a variety of exercises such as jogging, squats, lunges, pushups, crunches and jumping jacks.
After stretching, participants strap on the gloves and begin firing a combination of punches and kicks.
They are throwing uppercuts, jabs, hooks, roundhouse kicks and more.
Kickboxing incorporates a wide range of movements, and McFaline said most participants have not done anything like it before.
"It can sound scary, but people should not feel intimidated," she said. "Real change comes when you leave your comfort zone."
She said a pleasure some members have with kickboxing is they find strength they did not know they had.
Kiara Woods did just that.
Woods, who joined when the business opened and is now one of four instructors, said she had done some kickboxing previously. She said not only does kickboxing get a person in shape, but it also helps improve balance, coordination and flexibility.
"It is a great skill to know," Woods said. "It is just a full body workout using all of the muscles. It is also a lot of fun."
She and McFaline said kickboxing takes practice and discipline.
McFaline came to the Columbus area from New York. She is married to a retired soldier, who is a disabled veteran who served in Iraq. They have two children and have another due in November.
McFaline said iLoveKickboxing.com is part of chain with 140 locations. Her instructors receive training here and in New York.
She said the age of most of the participants at iLoveKickboxing.com is between 25 and 50, but there are some younger and some older.
"We welcome anybody who wants to learn a new skill and get into great condition," McFaline said. "It is not for everybody and that's fine, but we want people to come and give it a try."