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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 Cleveland Park fitness personal trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Kev is everything I was looking for in a personal trainer. Professional, flexible, funny and super knowledgable. Highly recommend if you’re looking to hire a trainer to help you reach your fitness goals!
Know CompetitionKnow Competition
Thumbtack Customer
Personal training- excellent studio, very new and modern Friendly and motivating trainer with a variety of unique exercises to meet your fitness needs Completely private, you have the entire studio to yourself
Foundation Fitness GeorgetownFoundation Fitness Georgetown
Thumbtack Customer
I have loved working out with Svetness. My personal trainer, Enitan, creates individualized workouts for me based on my fitness goals and abilities. No workout is the same, and I am always being challenged!
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Eunice h.
I was amazed at the quick response that I received after inquiring about personal training. While talking with Howard on the phone about my fitness goals, I was able to sense his passion for what he does. He is very professional, personable and knowledgeable about what he does. I have already been motivated while beginning this personal training journey, and I am confident he will help me reach my goal.
Iron SyndicateIron Syndicate
Thumbtack Customer
I went through the process of reaching out 6 different personal trainers, and ultimately selected Cass Fitness because of their responsiveness, value, the fact that they come to my building's gym, and how much I enjoyed my first session. I'm only two workouts into my relationship with Cass Fitness, but I would highly recommend them so far.
Cass FitnessCass Fitness
Jennifer M.
I've been training with Cornelius for several weeks now, and having a great personal trainer has had a major impact on my fitness. Having a trainer has helped me with my accountability to my fitness goals, and Cornelius has been very helpful throughout the entire process. We do a mix of boxing, cardio, and strength-training exercises, and I have learned the proper form for several exercises that I had previously not been using to their full potential. Cornelius has geared my workouts to be a great mix of exercises, so the time in the gym never gets stale. He is encouraging and a fun person to be around, which makes the workouts much more bearable! He has also taken personal injuries into account, and designed workouts around strengthening weak areas of the body. I have had a great experience working with Cornelius thus far, and would recommend him to anyone looking to jumpstart their fitness goals!
Yoko FitnessYoko Fitness
Sana F.
Viki is the best personal trainer I have ever had. Her sparkly personality, sophisticated and professional approach to training, her no-nonsense results-oriented demeanor makes her rare and valuable. I have never met a fitness expert like her. As a trainer, her approach is holistic - she works my physical, mental, emotional, and nutritional health. I feel like I can achieve my fitness goals and I want to work out more and do better every day, thanks to her. I feel very lucky to be able to be her client.
Krissfit Personal TrainingKrissfit Personal Training
Kenneth M.
If you want to change your body, live a healthier life and not hate your time in the gym…work with Gladiator Strong Fitness. Shawn is one of the best in the business of personal training. He doesn’t go through the motions and he’s extremely knowledgeable about what you need to do to be a better you. I’m in the TV news business and it’s important for me to have a personal trainer who is flexible with my changing schedule. Shawn is not only flexible but he’s able to come to you! I wasn’t sure if I had the equipment needed in my building’s gym but Shawn quickly reassured me that he can make it work no matter the gym. His experience and professionalism are refreshing and he provides the motivation to keep you going. The initial assessment where Shawn got to know me and my goals really set us off on the right start.The price of working with Shawn is one that can’t be beat. His rates are great and the best in the region. I have to admit when I picked Shawn, I like a trainer who is a model of his personal training. Shawn talks the talk and definitely walks the walk. I highly recommend Gladiator Strong Fitness.
Gladiator Strong Fitness & LifestyleGladiator Strong Fitness & Lifestyle
Carlin D.
I have nothing but good things to say about Fitness Stop LLC and only fantastic things to say about my trainer, Ariana. From the beginning, Robert (the owner) was responsive, professional and most importantly, transparent about costs and the program. Ariana has a presence that is not only kind and authentic, but hardcore and supportive. I chose to find a trainer to improve my personal health and begin my efforts to one day do a spartan race and I will add that in just one month, I have seen progress in my ability to run and even more so in my ability to endure strength training. I’ll also add that Ariana doesn’t stop training when we leave the gym. She constantly encourages me to eat better (following me on my fitness pal) and checks in on me on our off days. I’m so pleased and wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I've only been training with Gary for five weeks, but I'm already seeing results and feeling so much stronger. Gary is super professional, knowledgeable, and challenging as a trainer. He's great about checking in frequently during sessions to make sure various exercises aren't exacerbating injuries (I have a shoulder issue and an old ankle injury), and he's quick to make adjustments if they are. Gary's been really open to feedback regarding my personal training style and exercises I've found useful, and he somehow manages to find time in his schedule to check up on my post-workout soreness, nutrition, and recovery. In short, Gary is a fantastic trainer and enjoyable to work with -- you definitely won't regret hiring him to help you reach your fitness goals.
Gary Coble Personal TrainingGary Coble Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I signed up with Agnese and is delighted to be working with her. She's just what I needed to get back into the habit of moving--an important goal for this senior. She's a coach, not a drill Sargent. Agnese met me where I was and listened to my what I thought my needs were. It's still early days, but I feel that I can see progress and know that I would see even more progress if I worked harder. She's encouraging and gently pushes me to do more than I always think I can. I am happy to recommend Agnese as a top-rate personal trainer for all levels of fitness.
Right Now Results Fitness LLC- online coachRight Now Results Fitness LLC- online coach
Thumbtack Customer
Gail is amazing and goes above and beyond to accomodate you. She is young, energetic, and down to earth. For me it was like working out with a friend! The reason I chose Gail vs. the other trainers who sent me bids was because she was the only person that seemed to truly care about MY personal fitness needs. She sent me a personalized message. Whereas, I could tell that others just simply copied and pasted. Then she called and we chatted for about 20min about my health history and diet/excercise regimine. We have only been at it for a short while but i already adore her! Oh and she is prompt and extremely responsive. On my way to a kick ass body!!
Fitness Potential, LLCFitness Potential, LLC
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