Eighty-four percent of Americans don’t participate in sports or exercise regularly and the results don’t go unnoticed:

  • 66% of people in the United States are either overweight or obese
  • In 2011, the leading cause of death was heart disease, caused primarily by an inactive lifestyle

Experts say lack of motivation is a primary cause of inactivity.

A martial arts class is a fun alternative that provides full-body conditioning routines that are great for both men and women. In fact, 48% of adults who regularly practice martial arts are women. Despite providing an engaging workout, people are nearly 20 times more likely to work out on a machine than participate in martial arts.

But the secret’s out: not only is martial arts more engaging, it’s a more effective workout too. On average, a 155lb person will burn 30% more calories in a 30 minute martial arts class than during 30 minutes of traditional exercise.* Take a look:

What You Ate 30 Minutes of Zero Fun 30 Minutes of Martial Arts

Starbucks 16 oz. Espresso with Nonfat Milk:
130 cal
Starbucks Bagel without Cream Cheese:
215 cal
Total: 345 cal

Cycle vigorously! 200 watts
335 cal

Muay Thai Kickboxing originated in Thailand and makes use of stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques
345 cal

Slice of Plain Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory
315 cal

Hit the stairs at a moderate pace
272 cal

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting
354 cal

Average slice of cheese pizza
272 cal

**New York style pizzas can reach 400 calories per slice!

Calisthenics. Think high school fit test—jumping jacks, lunges, crunches, etc.
247 cal

Tae Kwon Do is a martial art form that combines combat techniques, self-defense, and in some cases meditation and philosophy
355 cal

Dark and Stormy
241 cal

Go for a jog in Central Park. But wait! It’s dark and stormy out…
218 cal

NYPD’s Tactical Training Unit has adopted Krav Maga, the Israeli self defense system, and they’re in pretty good shape
352 cal

Did we mention Vimbly offers all of these classes? Some are even FREE.




*Statistic based on an average of seven traditional workout methods and seven martial arts.

Picture credit: http://martialsmarts.com/how-to-visit-a-martial-arts-school/