1. Tae Bo is a total body fitness system that incorporates martial arts techniques such as kicks and punches, which became quite popular in the 1990s.
2. It was developed by American taekwondo practitioner Billy Blanks and was one of the first “cardio-boxing” programs to enjoy commercial success.
3. Such programs use the motions of martial arts at a rapid pace designed to promote fitness.
4. The name Tae Bo is a portmanteau of tae kwon do and boxing.
5. Furthermore, it is a bacronym for:
- Total commitment to whatever you do
- Awareness of yourself and the world
- Excellence, the truest goal in anything you do
- (the) Body as a force for total change
- Obedience to your will and your true desire for change
6. Blanks developed the routine in 1976 by combining dance with elements from his martial arts and boxing training to form a workout regimen.
7. During the 1990s, a series of videos were mass-marketed to the public; by 1999 an estimated 1.5 million sets of videos had been sold on the back of a frequently aired television infomercial.
8. As a result, Tae Bo became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon in the late 1990s.
9. Gyms began offering kickboxing-based fitness classes similar to Tae Bo.
10. Since Blanks had taken out a trademark on the name they were not allowed to use the term Tae Bo without paying a licensing fee.
11. Tae Bo videos and DVDs continue to rank among the top sellers in the fitness genre and derivative classes are still offered at many gyms.
12. Tae Bo classes are taught worldwide.
13. Tae Bo includes many of the same punches and kicks as karate, but is not intended for fighting — it was not meant for any combat or self-defense applications.
14. There are no throws, grappling moves, or ground fighting techniques in Tae Bo. Its only intent is to increase fitness through movement
15. Tae Bo also includes aerobic exercises intended to strengthen all muscles of the body with basic choreography.
16. The high-intensity workout is intended to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
17. Tae Bo has been characterized as an excellent cardiovascular workout with very good distractions.
18. Because of the movements it involves, Tae Bo is effective in toning and defining the body’s musculature.
19. It can also improve one’s balance, flexibility, coordination and has cardiovascular benefits.
20. According to Blanks, the cardiovascular benefits are a result of the dance moves added to the already high-energy workout.
21. An hour-long Tae Bo workout will burn 500 to 800 calories, compared with the 300 to 400 calories burned with a more conventional aerobics class.
22. Tae-Bo is for anyone who wants a complete workout. But more than just calorie and fat-burning exercise Tae-Bo offers a workout for the entire body. As with any new exercise program, you should consult your health care provider first before embarking on it.
23. Tae-Bo can be done at your own rate. As you build strength, you can do more and you can increase your level of physical fitness, Tae-Bo officials say
24. Many women are attracted to the program as a form of strength building. Since Tae-Bo is set to music, it’s a lot of fun. You build strength while enjoying yourself.
25. While Tae-Bo shouldn’t be considered a self-defense course, you can learn defensive moves through it because the program uses imaginary opponents as targets
26. According to Billy Blanks Enterprises research, some people report feeling a change in their body the very first time they do Tae-Bo and they begin to see results in as little as three Tae-Bo sessions. Others report change over several weeks. Everybody is a little different and individual results vary.