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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Southbank personal trainers
Alejandro C.
Excellent personal training!
Scale Dropperz Fitness(travel to you)Scale Dropperz Fitness(travel to you)
Alexa S.
Understands your goals, always on time, attentive and pushes you! Everything you need in a personal trainer!
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Thumbtack Customer
Keith has got to be theee best personal trainer i have met thus far! Not only have i lost 20 pounds, i have gained muscle and strength training with him!! Hes funny, great personality and a great trainer. Cant get any better than that!!
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Shavaé M.
I absolutely love the personal trainer, the fitness studio, the workouts. This experience has been truly beyond my expectations. I highly recommend.
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Valerie C.
Ladies if you want your sexy back than you need to see the best personal trainer... She has given me my youthfulness back and sexiness.... My man is enjoying it so much that he has started working out... The Best Trainer!!!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Takenya was very pleasant, took time to listen to my concerns, did a thorough assessment and came up with a personal plan just for me! Very knowledgeable about nutrition as well as fitness training! I look forward to working with her, in this coming year!!!!
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Rebecca M.
I've been working out with Sam for 3 months now and it's life changing! I've tried to lose weight on my own. I've tried personal trainers before. I've tried WW and Metabolic. Sam is the key for me. He holds me accountable, has the education and patience to make sure I'm exercising correctly and intentionally. If you are looking for a trainer and ready to start your weight loss journey - contact Sam!
Scale Dropperz Fitness(travel to you)Scale Dropperz Fitness(travel to you)
Julio C.
Working with Cordell will give you a different outlook on working out. Whatever your reason is, he makes you work for your goals, there’s no getting around it. I’m glad I took the chance on getting a personal trainer and I’m glad it was Cordell I decided to go with. No regrets!
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Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a personal trainer, and never thought I could afford one to come to my home. Daniel is great at what he does! He takes care to get to know you and your limitations. At the same time he makes sure to push you a little more each session. I'm looking forward to the results!
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Patrita W.
Sam is the absolute best. He's very accurate and sufficient. If you have any questions or concerns he is very informative and will get back with you within minutes. He pushes you to your goal until you are satisfied. He's passionate about what he does which makes a difference when it come to other personal trainers.
Scale Dropperz Fitness(travel to you)Scale Dropperz Fitness(travel to you)
Ashlie B.
Using giddy up at home personal training has truly Been a life changing experience. Trina was always prompt in responses to any questions I had. My trainer Jace was FANTASTIC to say the least. She always pushed me, but never in a more than I can do way. She was supportive, encouraging and down to earth. She understood my needs and limitations and truly helped me change my life and get on the right path in my fitness journey. I would highly recommend giddy up to others looking to take the next step in their fitness journey.
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Thumbtack Customer
Where do I begin? Four Friends Fitness is a life saver! For years I was in denial about my unhealthy lifestyle. I know that I would never have achieve the level of Fitness and Wellness I have, if not for the personal attention given in my training sessions with Four Friends Fitness. Takenya is focused on helping me achieve my goals and makes every session challenging. I actually look forward to my workouts. I would highly recommend Four Friends Fitness in a heartbeat.
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