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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 Noe Valley personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Abbie has been an amazing personal trainer!
AbFitTrainingAbFitTraining
Weikang W.
Walked through with me about training plan and nutrition plan in detail! Very responsible personal trainer!
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
This is far and away the best personal training I've ever received!
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Ferran T.
Definitely my favorite personal trainer to date! Thanks Jackie!
YouniquelyFit San FranciscoYouniquelyFit San Francisco
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron is awesome personal trainer. His session is not only assist training, but also eating habits, way of stretch and so on. These are very helpful for me. Usually, session with him in a outside park. It is a very excited and fun. If you are finding personal trainer, I will strongly recommend Aaron!
TRAINER San FranciscoTRAINER San Francisco
Jin Z.
I have been training with custom fit studio for a few months. I enjoyed with my personal trainer and have gained more muscles and got more fit.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Doing personal training with Xavier and he's awesome! We train at 6 AM and he's always a ray of sunshine. He knows how to push you without being uncomfortable.
Xavier's Personal Training and Massage TherapyXavier's Personal Training and Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
David is an excellent coach and very knowledgeable about personal training. He's been fun to work with and I look forward to continuing to work with him.
David ScottDavid Scott
Adam G.
My personal trainer, Jamie, was very nice and personable. She was also knowledgeable about each workout and offered helpful advice. The gym in Mission Bay is great as well.
TRAINER San FranciscoTRAINER San Francisco
Jenn K.
David is a great trainer! He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in matters relating to personal training, human anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition. He will assess your fitness level and customize workouts to help you achieve your goals. Also, very punctual, responsive and flexible with scheduling.
David ScottDavid Scott
Thumbtack Customer
Maria is an awesome personal trainer! She's creative, prompt, thorough and very committed to her clients. She puts so much thought into her workouts. I love working with her!
Lupa FitnessLupa Fitness
Kyle M.
John was a great coach and an overall great person. He didn't just treat this experience as a job but treated it as a person who would like to achieve a goal. I highly recommend John as a personal trainer!
Fast Pace Personal Training inc.Fast Pace Personal Training inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Evan's a fantastic personal trainer. I've been working out with him for about five months, and he's helped me make more progress on strength training than I ever had before. Evan developed a training program suited to my needs and was really attentive in helping me find the right gym and right equipment to train with on the days that I'm not with him. He also made some recommendations to make sure my diet was conducive to muscle gain. Evan is also super knowledgable; whenever I have a question about a certain exercise he's recommended, he has a good answer for me, stemming from his years of experience in fitness. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Evan for whatever fitness goals you're working on. He's smart, professional, and detail-oriented, exactly the traits that you want in a personal trainer.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Scott is a great personal trainer who spends time to cater the training regime specifically to your needs. He's also pro-active in providing additional benefits such as nutritional analysis, supplement recommendations, and general health tips. I would definitely recommend Scott if you're looking for personalized attention and a good motivator.
Scott Judkins Personal Training, Swim LessonsScott Judkins Personal Training, Swim Lessons
Thumbtack Customer
Evan is the best personal trainer I have ever worked with. He tweaked our workouts to exactly what I wanted, was supportive, encouraging, and just generally great to work with. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Zoe M.
Mr. Shaw was and has been incredibly responsive to my personal needs. As a former athlete who is now out of shape, he has been encouraging and helpful in pushing me just enough. Best trainer I've ever had.
Marcellis Shaw Personal TrainingMarcellis Shaw Personal Training
J. Z.
I've been working with Evan and his team for quite some time now and would definitely recommend them to anyone. I've worked with several trainers in the past at other gyms or studios but have to say this has been the best experience. It's obvious all of the trainers here know fitness and teh facility is top notch. It's a very welcome and low key environment. I've seen several people in their 80s train here which has been great to see! It's never too crowded and only personal training. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing instruction on weight training or looking to get into shape.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
For a while I had been looking into finding a personal trainer to learn the proper form of workout and better motivation. Evan is a spectacular personal trainer. He's very knowledgeable about what he is doing and will tune the workout towards your weak points. The first session he do your measurements and observer your strengths and then make a plan based on your time to help you reach your goal. I was in the city for short time, but he also gave me workout instructions that I can keep doing on my own and I am very happy I had the chance to workout with him.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Abbie has become my personal trainer. She listens well and directs well. She obviously knows her stuff and has good advice to give. She pushed me hard but not to the point of not being able to do out next session.
AbFitTrainingAbFitTraining
Thumbtack Customer
I had been looking for a personal trainer for months, and I'm very glad that I had the chance of working with David! He is so passionate, so professional and the most importantly very well-informed. I was really enjoying his training sessions, because they were so focused and very motivating to develop more and to make progress. The training's pressure was just enough and I could easily see the difference after each session! I learned a lot from him! Highly recommended!
David ScottDavid Scott
Thumbtack Customer
Alexa is a great trainer and is efficient in Yoga, cardio and Full Body workout. She really has great techniques and really understands the requirements of her clients. I generally like to do a combination of cardio/ weights/ yoga and she combines it all in 1 session and makes it great! She is also pretty flexible with schedule and very good in communication. I highly recommend her as a personal trainer!
Wellness with Alexa BlytheWellness with Alexa Blythe
Thumbtack Customer
Evan is very knowledgeable and his gym is BEAUTIFUL. I unfortunately couldn't continue after my trial session due to a life change (moving to another state) but I HIGHLY recommend his services for anyone looking for a serious custom fit to their personal training.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Buck S.
I've never seen a studio or gym this nice and well kept. It has top notch amenities(shower, towels, air conditioning in SF!) and staff. I've been training here for some time (3 months) and have seen great results, especially my balance.. Evan works with a great staff and Scott (my trainer) has designed a very effective workout program to address my right side\leg which is weaker than the left from breaking my femur. Great experience, would definitely reccomend for personal training!!!
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
Thumbtack Customer
Zach is the best personal trainer. He's super knowledgeable about fitness, and really takes the time to get to know you and customize a complete workout plan that meets your needs. His approach is more than just losing weight and gaining muscle he will teach you a new way of approaching fitness. He constantly inspires you to do your best. I highly recommend training with Zach you will not be disappointed.
Revolutionary Health Personal TrainingRevolutionary Health Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I started training with Evan over a year ago to get in wedding shape. I've had a few experiences with PT in the past, and I immediately recognized Evan has a consistent and effective approach. He focuses on building core strength through increasingly challenging and varied routines. My wife and I co-trained with him and collectively both of us got below our target weight well before our wedding. Evan is a pleasure to train with, personable, yet focused on form and your feedback on aches and pains. I've continued to train with him in the months after our wedding as I've found a side benefit of the core strength has been significantly less back pain. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Evan as an excellent personal trainer for a wide variety of fitness goals.
Custom Fit - Personal Training & NutritionCustom Fit - Personal Training & Nutrition
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