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What should you wear to kickboxing?

What you wear to kickboxing can vary based on the setting. For kickboxing group fitness classes that are part of a gym’s cardio class schedule, standard fitness attire is appropriate. Athletic sneakers, pants or shorts that you can comfortably kick in without getting tangled or flashing anyone, and a top that allows for easy movement when punching and jabbing are all good choices. You won’t need protective gear or gloves, as most cardio-based kickboxing classes do not use punching bags.

Kickboxing training that takes place at a martial arts studio typically requires protective gear. You may need boxing gloves (beginners may want 12-ounce or heavier gloves for more cushioning) and hand wraps that protect and support your hands under the gloves while you punch the bag. If your kickboxing training includes sparring with opponents, you’ll need a mouthguard and any protective head and body gear your studio requires. Always be sure to bring plenty of water, too.

What is a boot camp class?

Fitness boot camps are a heart-pounding way to boost your fitness level. Boot camps are led by a fitness instructor and are based on the concept of military boot camps — intensive workout programs to get new recruits into shape, quickly. Fitness boot camps encourage camaraderie, and the group momentum helps participants get through fast-paced intervals of cardio, isometric training, strength training and endurance drills. Classes may range anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and usually meet multiple days per week. Boot camps often run a specific duration of time, say four to six weeks, which creates a team-like environment for class members. Other boot camps run year-round and students purchase package pricing for classes, similar to subscriptions that allow them a set amount of classes per week or per month.

Boot camps can be held indoors at a gym, outdoors in a park or on a beach, in a backyard — anywhere there’s room for running, jumping and sweating. Some instructors also provide DVD and online boot camps. You can also find boot camps tailored to your heart’s desire, such as bikini boot camp, or boot camps for new mothers. Boot camps offer an intense workout and are usually led by energetic instructors pushing you to do your best, but unlike military boot camp drill sergeants, fitness boot camp instructors typically don’t use intimidation or punishment to spur you on. Check with your doctor before starting a boot camp if you have health concerns, and always let your instructor know ahead of time if you have injuries.

What do you need for kickboxing?

What you need to bring to kickboxing depends on where you are working out and what your goals are. For a gym or fitness club’s cardio-based group kickboxing class that does not use punching bags, you generally need only appropriate workout gear and enough water. For kickboxers who are training in a martial arts studio, working one-on-one with a trainer toward a specific goal or sparring with competitors, you will need your own boxing gloves (12- to 16-ounce gloves provide more protection for beginners) and hand wraps (to protect and support your hands under the gloves, as well as keep them dry). If your lessons are in a martial arts studio, you may not be permitted to wear shoes, so bring clean socks if you don’t like to go barefoot. If your training includes sparring, you may be required to wear a mouthguard and/or protective headgear. Whether you’re in a group fitness class or hardcore training session, bring a sweat towel for your comfort and the comfort of people around you.

How much is a boot camp?

The cost of fitness boot camps depends on how often you go, the package you are purchasing (or if you are paying a drop-in fee), the location of the bootcamp, the equipment the instructors provide, and the background and reputation of the instructor. Smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living typically have lower rates for boot camp services than big cities and regions with a higher cost of living. If you’re paying per class on a drop-in basis, expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $25 or more, depending on the region and the instructor. When you purchase a package of classes, typically the more you buy at one time, the cheaper each class is. The same boot camp class might be $20 for a drop-in student, $15 for a student who pays for 10 classes per month, and $10 for a student who pays for 30 classes a month. Studio space can also affect costs, so if your boot camp takes place in a high-end gym with top-of-the-line equipment, the prices will likely be higher than a class that meets in an outdoor space with limited or no equipment. Shop around to find the right type of boot camp class and the right instructor for you.

What is kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a type of martial art whose basic moves are widely practiced in personal and group fitness regimens. In combat kickboxing, two competitors fight using four points of contact — both hands and both feet — unlike traditional boxing, where competitors are allowed to use their hands. In competitive kickboxing, opponents must remain standing, and no fighting can occur on the mat or ground. Kickboxing has its roots in Muay Thai and other ancient martial arts. Some elemental moves from kickboxing include roundhouse kicks, back kicks, hooks, uppercuts and more.

Modern group fitness kickboxing is practiced in gyms and workout studios across the country. It draws its moves from combat kickboxing, but instead of fighting with an opponent, participants perform jabs, crosses, punches and kicks in instructor-led, choreographed routines set to music. Personal trainers also incorporate kickboxing moves into workout routines, spending time punching and kicking the bag. These strength-building moves, mixed with high-intensity intervals, boost heart rate and increase strength.

Is kickboxing good exercise?

Kickboxing is great exercise. It works your whole body and really gets your heart pounding. Kickboxing combines upper- and lower-body movements like roundhouse kicks and uppercut punches that boost calorie burning. The type of kickboxing you do will determine how much exercise you get. Kickboxing training that takes place in a martial arts studio will involve kicking and punching a sandbag or sparring with a competitor, both of which will sharply increase the amount of exercise you’ll experience in a kickboxing session. Comparatively, a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that women doing group fitness cardio kickboxing burned between 6.45 and 8.3 calories per minute, or approximately 350-450 calories burned during an hour-long class. This is roughly what you can expect to burn with jogging or similar exercise, but ACE says that cardio kickboxing offers the added benefits of increased strength and flexibility, sharper reflexes, and improved coordination. Whether you’re training to fight competitively, learning kickboxing as a form of self-defense, or taking cardio kickboxing at your local gym, you’ll get a full-body workout with positive health benefits.

Is kickboxing hard?

Kickboxing is as intense a workout as you want it to be. As with any fitness regimen, the more effort you put in, the more results you will get. The type of kickboxing you do will determine how physically challenging it is. Combat or self-defense kickboxing, where you train in a martial arts studio with sandbags or spar against combat partners, can be an intense physical workout. Group kickboxing classes that use sandbags as part of the workout will also elevate the degree of intensity, because of the level of exertion punching and kicking the bag requires. Cardio kickboxing group fitness, which employ kicking and punching moves but no sandbags, has comparable intensity to jogging but works a wider range of muscles while increasing strength, flexibility and coordination. Here are some of the core kickboxing moves:

  • Cross: A straight punch that you throw slightly across your body, using your dominant hand.
  • Jab: A quick, straight, face punch. Usually thrown with the non-dominant hand.
  • Uppercut: A punch thrown up from the midsection (using either hand) that connects with the underside of your opponent’s chin.
  • Hook: A curved punch (using either hand) that connects with your competitor’s jaw or chin.
  • Side kick: A kick delivered when your competitor is at an angle to you. Raise your leg to the side, then bend at the knee to deliver the kick.
  • Front kick: A kick delivered straight on while you are facing your opponent.
  • Roundhouse kick: A kick delivered by swinging a leg up in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion (depending on which leg you’re using) with momentum to strike the opponent with the instep of the foot.
Reviews for Beachwood Canyon personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
don't want to have a personal trainer right now.... nothing personal
Lindsey Gentile - Personal TrainerLindsey Gentile - Personal Trainer
Cindy J.
Nancy is an exceptionally qualified personal trainer. She has both a medical training background. Just what I need in a trainer.
Nancy SchwarzNancy Schwarz
Thumbtack Customer
Personal trainer who to come your home or office
Lillia f.
Theresa is an excellent trainer- super knowledgeable, caring and helpful! Would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a great personal trainer!
Thumbtack Customer
Gil has now become my personal trainer permanently. He has gone above and beyond what a normal trainer has done. He cares and is committed to my goals.
Gil Correa Personal TrainingGil Correa Personal Training
Payton H.
"Melody is personable and has a lot of integrity. Having worked with other personal trainers, I can say that Melody is one of the best."
VDH VIRTUAL TRAINING ONLY (Read price in profile)VDH VIRTUAL TRAINING ONLY (Read price in profile)
Thumbtack Customer
Sameem is the BEST!!! Very knowledgeable and he keep close contact with his clients. His training sessions will give you all aspects of living a healthy life. I highly recommended Sameem for ones personal trainer.
Sameem Rouhani FitnessSameem Rouhani Fitness
Patricia Z.
Luis is an excellent personal trainer. Very easy to work with and very inspirational in helping me to work towards my fitness goals. Highly recommend!!!
Primal StrengthPrimal Strength
Thumbtack Customer
I am still in the early stages of personal training, but so far the experience has been good. Jonathan challenges me with workouts I wouldn't do on my own.
Sparta AcademySparta Academy
Tallulah C.
Hiring Melody as my personal trainer is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Melody has helped me achieve my goals and I love our sessions. She makes it fun and enjoyable to train and she is very motivating and encouraging! I absolutely love her and highly recommend her!
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Thumbtack Customer
Charlie is an AMAZING personal trainer!!! His wealth of knowledge and experience far surpasses anyone I have ever worked with before. He really loves training people and truly cares about his clients. His main motivation is helping people become their best selves. I'm so glad I found you, Charlie!!! Maureen M.
Charlie Dannelly personal trainer & life coachCharlie Dannelly personal trainer & life coach
Thumbtack Customer
Dart is an amazing trainer! He has extensive knowledge of training and nutrition. He has put several programs together for me to help me reach my personal goals. He is an easily approachable, highly motivating, focused person. His tailored exercise regimens make a real difference in my overall health and sense of well being.
Dart Stamps TrainingDart Stamps Training
Mohamed E.
Howard is a great personal trainer! Very knowledgeable, and passionate about what he does. Takes your goals into account. And he also takes the time to make sure he explains why things should be done one way and not another, as opposed to just telling you what to do. I honestly could not have hoped for a better trainer.
Howard Skora FitnessHoward Skora Fitness
Ashley S.
I’ve been working with Raphael for a few weeks now and would highly recommend to anyone looking for personal training. Each workout is different, challenging, and motivating. I am already seeing results just after 5 sessions. Raphael is quick to respond and has fantastic pricing. A+ all around!
PURE Fitness and WellnessPURE Fitness and Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a trainer that would fit my time schedule and specifically my age. Rob is a perfect fit for everything I was looking for in a personal trainer. Adding my workouts to my day to day routine is the best thing I have done in 10 years. I feel very lucky to have found someone like Rob that not only is knowledgeable on all the fitness topics but also someone to keep me mentally stimulated and eager for the next workout.
Reza R.
We hired Melody as personal trainer for my wife after our baby was born. My wife needed, not just to lose weight, but also to re-gain her strength. After few weeks of training we started to see some encouraging results. With her encouragement my wife managed to gradually losing postpartum problems. She was always available to help, even sending us texts from the Netherlands while on holiday. Once we hit COVID-19, she offered online training. My wife was skeptical at the beginning, but when started she was amazed. We definitely recommend her.
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Thumbtack Customer
Nick is an excellent personal trainer. He has flexible times and does an exceptional job working around my ability. He also knows how to push to exactly the right amount to get results. He talks you through each exercise and teaches skills which can be applied outside the gym.
NAB Fitness LLC.NAB Fitness LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
awesome and INTENSE is all i can say about Jeff's training sessions. first i would like to say that i never thought i would have considered hiring a personal trainer because of all the bs gimmicks and crooks out there. JP understands that every indivual has a different outlook on fitness and self image. i met jeff, told him all my goals up front, and took a chance. throughout every training session jeff has been encouraging and challenging. its never a dull moment. i've been with jeff for 3 months now, it's an investment worth making as long as you stay commited and driven.
JP FitnessJP Fitness
Erin P.
I could not be happier with the recommendation of Rachel as my personal trainer. She's the perfect combination of tough, empathetic, and professional- not to mention she just happens to be hilarious. I've been working with Rachel for five months now, and I see a huge difference in my strength, flexibility, and endurance. She's pushed me to take better care of myself and has such genuine care for her clients. The fact that I'm down a few dress sizes feels like just an added bonus. Do yourself a favor and start training with Rachel, you will not regret it.
Rachel Steinberg - 📍HollywoodRachel Steinberg - 📍Hollywood
Thumbtack Customer
Prior to working with JJ, my lifestyle wasn't very active. I knew i needed a personal trainer to help with my exercise routine, and JJ was the perfect guy. Since I started working with him 2 months ago, I am now definitely stronger, and he'll push you during training but still make it enjoyable. He also pointed out the things I needed to maintain during my off days, such as cardio. I definitely recommend him to help anyone who wants to start an active lifestyle.
Sparta AcademySparta Academy
Thumbtack Customer
Jonathan is the perfect personal trainer for busy professionals. He is patient, focused, supportive, professional, and educated. But he’s also hilarious and fun. I’m completely drenched in sweat after every workout, but always leave the gym in a calmer state of mind and feeling a lot better than when I walked in. I love working out with Jonathan and so will you!
Sparta AcademySparta Academy
Joel S.
Emily has been a fantastic personal trainer. She has curated a bespoke plan for me that works with my schedule, body type, temperament and energy level. I’m always able to focus on different things in each session so that I never feel monotony and I always leave feeling incredibly rejuvenated and energized. I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a customized and effective experience.
Emily Baraff, CPTEmily Baraff, CPT
Millie C.
I am so grateful to have Charlie as my personal trainer! I found him through Thumbtack and I cannot be any happier. Charlie values his work and it shows. His attention to detail in meeting my goal is unmatched. He is full of science and experience-based information that he applies towards my workouts and he wants to see the results as much as I do. I really appreciate his comprehensive approach, which involves him overseeing my daily nutritional intake and water hydration. I train with him three times a week and it's been nothing but positive outcomes.
Charlie Dannelly personal trainer & life coachCharlie Dannelly personal trainer & life coach
Thumbtack Customer
Steve is a nice guy. He help me to become good at soccer. Simply, he knows everything about what the body needs and the food that is healthy for me. When I have pain, for example, in my arms, legs, hand, wrist, and back, he know how to heal that pain. I'm really glad that I chose him as my personal trainer. I really enjoy training with him because I get motivation from him whether by making jok about me by saying that he trains a woman that is stronger than me or by telling me no time for rest and to get serious. I have been trained with Steve for almost 6 months and I wanted to continued with him but I had to get back to my home country for some reasons. If I had stayed, I would have kept training with him. I could say that I got improved at soccer because my friends and the people I play with noticed that. I noticed that myself and Steve was the one who helped me getting that improvement. Thanks Steve for everything I'll keep training until I become stronger and maybe even stronger and reach my goal :(
Primal, Inc.Primal, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin Barringer is a phenomenal personal trainer. He is friendly, personable, encouraging, and motivating. He is always prepared to give me challenging workout with dynamic exercises. Kevin not only possesses a vast amount of knowledge pertaining to exercise, but about nutrition as well. He has helped me device a meal plan and workout routine that has allowed me to efficiently reach my goals. Kevin has not only helped me physically, but mentally and spiritually as well with his positive attitude and outlook on life. Kevin is a wonderful trainer and I am lucky I had the opportunity to work with him. I hope you do as well!
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