Tae Bo is
an aerobic exercise routine developed by tae kwon do practitioner
Billy Blanks, and was one of the first "cardio-boxing" programs
to enjoy commercial success. Such programs use the motions of
martial arts at a rapid pace designed to promote fitness. The
name Tae Bo is a portmanteau of tae kwon do and boxing.
Blanks later developed a backronym for the name as well: Total
Awareness Excellence Body Obedience.
the routine in 1989 by combining music with elements from his
tae kwon do and boxing training to form an intense workout regimen.
During the 1990s, some celebrities (such as Paula Abdul) started using Blanks as their personal
trainer and a series of videos were mass-marketed to the public.
As a result, Tae Bo became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon
in the late 1990s. Gyms began offering kickboxing-based fitness
classes similar to Tae Bo. 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.
Tae Bo classes
are taught worldwide. Tae Bo includes many of the same punches
and kicks as karate, but is not intended for fightingâ€”it was
not meant for any combat or self-defense applications. There are
no throws, grappling moves, or ground fighting techniques in Tae
Bo. Its only intent is to increase health through movement. Tae
Bo also includes aerobic exercises intended to strengthen all
muscles of the body with basic choreography.
workout is intended to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength,
muscular endurance and flexibility. Recently, blanks has offered
a line of Tae Bo videos known as the "Believer's" series that
introduce Christian elements such as prayer into the workouts.
His secular workouts remain the most popular.
still currently active in fitness. In 2004 and 2005 he launched
another successful program called Billy Blanks BOOTCAMP. These
videos dove into combining original Tae Bo moves along with rigorous
training he had learned while visiting the troops overseas. Billy's
Bootcamp Elite followed the original Bootcamp with the addition
and use of Bands. The bands which wrap on your feet and hands
create more resistance for a different workout. Blanks has released
a new line of videos, Tae Bo Amped, featuring "cardio bursts,"
30- to 60-second periods of more rapid movement for increased
calorie burn, and the use of a new Amplifier bar which adds resistance
to the workout.