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17 Jan 2006

Kata-box vs Tae-Bo
Hi Doc,

I joined our local gym to get into shape. I prefer doing classes, and try to do 4 different classes every week (Kata-box, Tae-bo, High-impact aerobics, body conditioning class).

First question: Is there a significant difference between Kata-boxing and Tae-bo, because I have done both classes and they were exactly the same with the exact same movements. Both the classes are presented by the same instructor.

Second question: Is 4 x 45minute classes enough to loose weight? I am 1.64 and weigh 65kg. I am following a low fat diet (based on the weigh-less eating plan).

Thanx a stack.
Answer 4,563 views

01 Jan 0001


I don't think that the two exercises differ too much. Probably hardcore enthusiasts will differ, but the essentials of the movements are pretty similar. There may be a slight difference, but the benefits you get are the same, so go with whatever you can.

I do believe that 45 minutes of these classes, 4 times a week is very good for you. It should certainly make you fitter, and should, in theory cause weight loss. However, I can't give you a yes or no answer, because it depends so much on your resting metabolic rate, which is genetic, and your diet. You are apparently eating OK and so then, you should see some progress. I do however have to make one final point - your current BMI is 24, and that means that losing a lot of weight may not be possible, because you actually are not overweight as it is. You may be able to lose some weight, but if your goal is 5 or more kg, then you may be setting the bar too high. Just focus on getting fitter, continuing to eat well, and your weight will reach its optimal level.

Good luck
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