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