My first time kickboxing was in a dojo like the ones you see in the movies. Not well lite, old equipment kind of a rough crowd. I can’t say that I enjoyed it much the first 6 months because I was just beginning to learn what to do, how to do it... and then there was getting hit and kicked also. I have since studied many martial arts and had similar, although not as intense, experiences. I knew each time that things would get better eventually so I stuck it out. After 6 months to a year kickboxing did become a lot of fun, but it did take awhile to get there.
When I decided to have a Kickboxing/Boxing class at Fire Eye Fitness I wanted to bring only the most fun and calorie burning exercises and drills from my experience. The class was to get fit and not be ready for a fight so this idea has worked very well. Using the jab, cross, hook and uppercut to create lots of functional punching combinations; as well as adding elbows once the class feels comfortable with some footwork. It wouldn’t be Kickboxing with out kicks… roundhouse and jab kick are the mainstays. I substituted fitness exercises for air boxing; I wanted to use focus mitts and tia-pads so clients would be engaged with a partner rather than staring at a heavy bag for an hour. I did not want to take the intensity away, I always felt that focused intensity was an essential part of kickboxing. Often I will explain the combination that the class is doing in a context of how it is used in the ring or street to keep the intensity in classes.
The instruction and engagement is where I wanted Fire Eye Fitness to separate itself from the rest of the fitness boxing gyms. Lots of interaction with the instructor and with your partner. Partners workout together increases the number of drills and combinations that the instructor can create for each class and adds to the enjoyment of the class.
Kickboxing is a fantastic workout! Your get a incredible amount of cardio (burning calories). Your strength will dramatically increase from all the punches, kicks, elbows etc. that you are throwing in class. You are building lean strong muscles; we use functional fitness not vanity muscles. People who kickbox have a physique that catches your eye. Their tone arms, strong shoulders and good posture set them apart from the crowd.
The best part is that you are focusing your attention during the fighting drills etc. Kickboxing forces you to pay attention to what you are doing. If you have had a rough day… it melts away the stress. Nothing can top doing a 100’s punches and kicks to take away the stresses of the day. Everyone leaves class with a sweaty smile.
What has kickboxing done for you? Share in the comments below!
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