Perfecting Your Cross: Are You Making These Common Mistakes?

Perfecting Your Cross: Are You Making These Common Mistakes?

Think your cross is as powerful as it could be? Let’s dive into the essentials and see if you’re doing it right!

What’s the Cross?

The cross is a staple in kickboxing and a must-have move in your arsenal. But I’ve seen a lot of beginners (and even some pros) get it wrong. The key to a strong, effective cross is getting your hip and arm to work together. Sounds tricky? Don’t sweat it—we’ll break it down step by step.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

First off, let’s talk about what NOT to do. A common mistake is moving your arm and hip separately. This not only weakens your punch but also puts a lot of strain on your shoulders. We want to avoid injuries and keep you punching for the long haul.

Nailing the Technique

Alright, here’s the secret sauce: your hip and arm need to move as one unit. Think of your hip as the engine that powers your punch. When you rotate your hip, let it sling your arm forward. Imagine a slingshot—your hip generates the force, and your arm follows through.

Practice Makes Perfect

I’ve got a simple drill to help you get the hang of it. Start slow, focusing on the smooth movement of your hip and arm together. As you get more comfortable, gradually pick up the pace. Consistency is key! Keep practicing, and soon it’ll feel like second nature.

Why This Matters

Mastering the cross isn’t just about looking good (though that’s a nice bonus). Here’s what you’ll gain:

  1. More Power: Using your hip means more force behind each punch.
  2. Less Injury: Proper technique protects your shoulders from strain.
  3. Better Efficiency: A well-coordinated punch is faster and more effective.

Final Thoughts

Keep these tips in mind during your training, and you’ll see a big improvement in your punches. Remember, it’s all about the hips! Keep practicing, stay consistent, and watch your technique transform.

Keep punching, stay strong, and have fun! See you next time for more tips and tricks.

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Coach Stacy

Stacy Kim, the founder of KUMA Fit (a women’s kickboxing & fitness studio in Saco, Maine) and Stacy Kim Coaching, has dedicated her life to teaching. She has taught over 10,000 classes and has trained in martial arts and fitness for over 15 years. Today, her mission is to redefine what fitness means for women, to stop objectifying the body, and focus on moving to feel strong.

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