Get Ready for the Gym: Kickboxing 101

Looking to burn fat, build muscle and improve heart health? Try stepping into the ring and kickboxing your way to a great cardio and conditioning workout.

Looking to burn fat, build muscle and improve heart health? Try stepping into the ring and kickboxing your way to a great cardio and conditioning workout.

Kickboxing is a catchall term for a variety of stand-up combat sports. While the level of intensity varies based on your class and skill level, kickboxing is generally a full-body workout that helps strengthen and tone key muscle groups.

Don’t be intimidated — many gyms offer specialized kickboxing training for beginners. Once you learn the ropes, this fitness regimen can help you reach your health goals.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN CLASS

You’ll work alongside an instructor and other class participants. Expect to do plenty of punches, hooks, undercuts and lunges, then combine them into challenging sequences.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

Pair stretchable clothing with shoes that support swift, multi-directional footwork. In addition to your gloves, you’ll need a few extra accessories to make the most of your training. Here’s a few suggestions:

 

Water Bottle: Hydration is key when you’re working up a sweat. Insulated double-wall water bottles keep liquid cool and reduces condensation. A valved spout will help prevent spills and leaks.

 

Microfiber Towel:  Keep perspiration in check with these ultra-soft sweat towels that provide a silky texture and supreme absorbance.

 

Hand Wraps: These protective wraps offer a just-right level of coverage for wrists, hands and knuckles. Plus, a convenient hook and loop closure ensures a secure fit.

 

Training Shoes: All-purpose trainer footwear is great for your kickboxing class. Look for a style that provides a stable fit with excellent traction.

 

Kickboxing Gloves: There may not be anything as satisfying as working a heavy bag as long as you protect your hands. This kickboxing essential provides plush knuckle padding for shock absorption.

 

Sports Bra: Don’t hold back on the mat! When it comes to your kickboxing class, you need a bra that minimizes motion and maximizes support.

 

Compression Shorts: Stylish bottoms made with super-stretch fabric will help you master high kicks in class. Sweat-wicking fabric keeps you feeling your best.