EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT KICKBOXING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK.

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT KICKBOXING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK.

You’ve seen the movies. You’ve watched the videos. You may even have seen the classes as you pass by in the gym. If you’d like to unleash your inner martial arts specialist but aren’t sure where to start, read on.

WHAT IS KICKBOXING?

Kickboxing itself is a competitive contact sport, developed from martial arts. Feet are allowed as weapons as well as hands, and bouts are scored according to hits on allowed areas of the body.

The sport has been adapted into workouts which use the same moves but don’t have the contact element. So you can choose to be a competitor, or simply to use the moves to improve fitness. Most classes will be non-contact, but ask first.

WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM A KICKBOXING WORKOUT?

Kickboxing is a great all-rounder and really delivers when it comes to fitness. It is a cardio workout for weight loss, and a muscle workout for toning and strength improvement. It is also a great stress-buster as you take out your aggression by kicking and punching.

WILL I GET THUMPED?

Not in a non-contact class! The only things that you will hit are pads, mats and bags. They won’t hit back.

IS THERE ANY OTHER INJURY RISK?

Kickboxing requires quite a lot of flexibility, so don’t push it too hard to start with. It is also very important to warm up properly so that muscles are ready for the demands.

Go easy on those high kicks if you are prone to knee or thigh trouble. It is a workout, not a competition. A cardio kickboxing class is intensive, so work at your own pace.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

While the combat version needs bare feet, for non-contact classes you should wear good trainers. Clothing needs to allow a good range of movement. Those baggy ‘Muay Thai’ shorts are that way for a reason, or leggings that won’t fall down will also work. Add a t-shirt and you are good to go. If gloves are needed they should be provided.

What are you waiting for? Give 2017 a kick start with kickboxing!


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Joe Sherman

Joe is a keen gym-goer, footballer and cyclist. He has a passion for the latest fitness trends and marketing.

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