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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 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.

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.
Reviews for Manayunk personal trainers
Casey L.
I was nervous about getting a personal trainer didn't know what to expect but I am so happy I did and went with her she gives me that push I need and is very understanding if you need a trainer definitely pick her !
Dancer for LifeDancer for Life
Katherine C.
Starting next week but she was amazing to chat with, listening to my personal goals and going from there. A very different experience from your typical pushy trainer focused solely on the outside.
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Sophia G.
My fiancé and I have been training the Cory for the past few weeks and enjoy every session with him! He is always on time, easy to get a hold of and always makes the sessions challenging but fun! I would highly recommend him if looking for a personal trainer. Thank you Cory!
Thumbtack Customer
Jonas takes the time to plan a challenging and interesting workout that is catered to reaching my goal. He has been very flexible with my schedule. I highly recommend him as a personal trainer.
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Terrell from Next Up Fitness as my personal trainer, and the experience has been amazing. He is professional, and motivating, but pushes you to your goals. In the short amount of time I have bee with him, I have seen an obvious difference. One of the best trainers I have had.
Next Up FitnessNext Up Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Terrell is AWESOME! I signed up for personal training about a week ago and I am already seeing results. Terrell is professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. I'm excited to reach my fitness goals. Look out for my before and after photos...
Next Up FitnessNext Up Fitness
Malik M.
This is a real gym , with a real trainer, with real results. IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DO THE WORK! Jake is the real deal, and the best deal you will find for his quality of work and expertise. Most personal trainers will rip you off and don’t know what they’re doing. Trust me ,it’s never a dull moment. He’s a animated man (lol) that can make it fun for anybody that wants to get in the best shape of their life.
Body CraftersBody Crafters
Thumbtack Customer
EXCELLENT!!! Jonas is the best personal trainer I've ever seen. I've actually been trained by him for 4 months. Why I just comment now is I believe that data and experience is more convincing. I've lost 18 lbs during these four months, more important is my body fat started at 17% to 6.7% ! I can't believe myself! But it's true! Additionally, Jonas is more than a professional trainer but a kindhearted, patient, humorous friend! I highly recommend him and F.A.M.E fitness! You will never regret your choice! Hopefully my poor English didn't make any misunderstanding (at least Jonas can bear my English, lol)
F.A.M.E. FitnessF.A.M.E. Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
My experience working out with Michael has been outstanding. He is very knowledgeable and reliable. Very understanding when it comes to scheduleing. Overall, he has a great personality and sense of humor but doesn't let you slack off. If you are considering getting a personal trainer I would highly recommend him, meet him, he won't disappoint you.
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Sarah S.
Adult Gym Class (Tony) is excellent at making you feel comfortable. Hiring a personal trainer means you’re ready for some help and he has been awesome at helping me feel that I can do this. Highly recommend him to anyone who wants positive energy, professionalism and someone who knows how to help you help yourself. Thanks Tony!
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Jyema D.
Today was my first day at Body Craft and l felt like I been there forever. Jake made me feel very comfortable during my workouts. He made sure the weights wasn’t to heavy and he gave me that extra push that I need to achieve my goal and also gave me a meal plan. I made him my new personal trainer. I can’t not wait to see my results
Body CraftersBody Crafters
Deborah A.
Carmen is helping my 78 year-old father-in-law re-build his leg muscles and re-gain upper body strength. During the first training session on 2/23/17, Carmen performed a very thorough examination of my father-in-law's physical condition and customized a workout to address my father-in-law's fitness needs. Carmen even began working out with my father-in-law the first day! You can tell Carmen loves being a personal trainer; he's enthusiastic about his work and enjoys helping my father-in-law achieve his fitness goals. Carmen didn't watch the clock at the first or second training sessions. He worked with my father-in-law until he completed all exercises earmarked for the session. We couldn't be happier with Carmen's service and expertise. Thank you so very much, Carmen!
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Sheldon R.
Training with Joe has been an absolute pleasure. He is a true professional and a gentleman. Joe has an evidence-based approach to his personal training which I find extremely important. All of our sessions are tailored to my specific needs and goals. Joe will work at your pace and work around your schedule to make the sessions productive and valuable. He is always available via phone/text and will touch base with you on a weekly basis to set-up training sessions or even answer some questions about diet/exercise that you may have like myself. Joe is extremely flexible and easy going, which makes everything run efficiently and without added stress. What makes Joe stand out is his educational background. Joe is very well educated on human anatomy, nutrition, health and the science behind it all. He is punctual, dedicated, respectful, and compassionate. I highly recommend Joe, without reservation, and look forward to progressing in our weekly sessions.
JPM Fitness and HealthJPM Fitness and Health
Thumbtack Customer
I strongly recommend Josh as a personal trainer if you are looking to push yourself to the limit. He is a well rounded fitness coach with knowledge about diet and exercise. He's flexible and models workouts specifically for me and my needs. I appreciate how he teaches me along the way about why we do certain things, so I leave not with just the workout results but with a better understanding about how it's helping me. Not to mention he's just a super cool dude!
Elizabeth T.
I found Joe through a random search on Thumbtack. He had several great reviews, so I decided to try him. Joe was very responsive to my initial request to set up a consultation and to set up subsequent sessions. Joe is incredibly knowledgeable with his background in physical therapy. Joe designed a workout plan that I was targeted to my needs and showed results within just a few weeks. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone looking for a high quality personal trainer.
JPM Fitness and HealthJPM Fitness and Health
Thumbtack Customer
Joe has an evidence based view of fitness and nutrition and backs up his views and workouts (and nutritional counseling) with research from peer reviewed journals. This was important to me. His approach is very personalized and based on an individual assessment. It’s not one-size-fits-all and it’s very thorough. The workouts are designed to strengthen weak areas and build a strong foundation. Then he helps you build on the foundation. What I opted for was one personal session per week, which consists of one-on-one training, no other people present, in a well-equipped facility with ample parking. 3 prescriptive workouts per week focusing on my particular needs (and the workouts change as you progress), and nutritional counseling, which is quite detailed. He’s available via text/email as you have questions. Sessions are challenging but supportive, he’s not a drill-sergeant type but definitely pushes you. He has a long-term view of fitness and sets you up for long term success. It is an intelligent approach to what is often a confusing endeavor. One quality I look for in people I hire or businesses I use is excitement. If someone is excited about what they’re doing I think it’s a great indicator of their work ethic and dedication to their clients. I definitely see that Joe is excited to use his academic and clinical knowledge and experience to improve peoples’ lives.
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