Whether you’re looking to increase your confidence, your strength or co-ordination, or you’re looking for a cardio workout, kickboxing is for you.
You’ll find kickboxing classes focus on everything from elements of dance, to self-defence, cardio conditioning and martial arts. Deciding which kind of class to attend is the first step in preparing long term fitness.
But when it comes to any form of exercise it is important you’re honest with yourself about what you can handle. If you suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity or asthma, it is important to consult your doctor before you begin.
Thinking about and determining your own abilities, aptitude and goal with any form of exercise is an important first step, but particularly kickboxing. Is your goal to improve cardiovascular health or overall conditioning; do you want to participate in competition sparring; or are you more interested in non-combat classes?
Most gyms offer cardiovascular classes, others incorporate dance. But it’s important you understand the sport, then decide what you would like to achieve. If you are interested in using kickboxing as a combat-sport, it would be a good idea to set up a one-on-one session with a trainer who can help you with technique.
Clothing for Kickboxing shouldn’t be too loose or restrictive. It may include ankle support, headgear and boxing gloves. Most active gear should be fine. A water bottle and towel will come in handy.