Thursday, 22 February 2024


(The Future of Fitness)
Get Fit ! Lose Weight ! Have Fun !  Be Strong !

" If you have the will ,   Tae Bo is the way "

 What is Tae Bo ? 

A relatively new cardiovascular exercise that blends aerobics, self-defense, Martial arts, dance, kickboxing,and yoga has been created called "Tae Bo".  A single person , Billy Blanks, created this unusual and exciting fitness plan to fix problems he saw with more traditional workouts . Tae Bo builds muscles, burns fat , increases coordination, and promises to be engaging and fun.

Billy Blanks, well trained in Tae Kwon Do and western aerobics, noticed that very few women were training in any of the martial arts classes he attended in the late 70s and early 80s .  He felt that several factors were keeping women and men from participating freely in certain kinds of fitness , and he wanted to create a workout that would keep their attention and boost their confidence.

When he popularized Tae Bo in the late 80s , Blanks borrowed from different types of exercise to create an intense workout that would be set to music, increase heart rate, and never get  boring .    He took kicks from kickboxing, choreography and electronic music from hip hop , forceful punches from self-defense and martial arts , stretching and holds from yoga , and constant movement from aerobics .  When he invented Tae Bo, he wanted to get more people involved in taking responsibility for their health .

The name Tae Bo seems to have several origins .  Some people believe that "Tae" means leg , accounting for the importance of high kicks , and "Bo" is an abbreviation of boxing , to account for the arm punches .  Others claim that Tae Bo was a catchy phrase said to stand for Total Awareness, Excellent Body Obedience , communicating the need for thoughtful, intent practice of exercise .

Set to music, Tae Bo looks like a lot of fun and a lot of work .  A normal routine lasts for a solid hour, although even twenty minutes, three times a week is an adequate regimen .  The exercises build strength all over the body, tone muscles, burn calories, increase flexibility, and result in weight loss .  

Tae Bo exercises overcome the following :

  1. Multiple sclerosis 
  2. Morbid obesity
  3. High cholesterol and triglycerides
  4. Hypertension
  5. Hormonal deficiency
  6. Drug addiction
  7. Alcoholism
  8. Scoliosis
  9. Arthritis 
  10. Paralysis 
  11. Osteoporosis 
  12. Double shoulder replacement surgery
  13. Knee surgery 
  14. Open heart surgery 
  15. And even a wheelchair     

Tae Bo exercises are made to fix the body , and mainly are concentrating on the following :

  1. A thin, lean waistline . 
  2. A better sex life .
  3. Impressive muscularity .
  4. Higher level of naturally-released growth hormone and testosterone .
  5. Remarkable energy and stamina.
  6. Increase mental alertness .
  7. A stronger heart .
  8. Reduced biological age .
  9. A powerful immune system .
  10. More ZEST for life .
  11. And much, much more .