How to Prepare for Kickboxing

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One of my goals for this year was to try kickboxing. For about a month now I have been a kickboxer in training and the experience has been wonderful. I find that when I go to a class first thing in the morning it gives me the energy that I need to make it through the day.

I know from my goal post and my other kickboxing post some of you were interested in possibly trying kickboxing yourself. Therefore, today I am sharing with you a quick tutorial that will show you how to prepare for kickboxing.

Step #1 Research Kickboxing to Make Sure You Are Physically Able to Do It

Kickboxing is a very physical activity. You will have to do a workout before the actual kickboxing even begins, which can consist of burpees, lunges, push-ups, sit-ups, running, and more. It is important that before committing to joining a kickboxing class that you research all that will take place during the class to make sure that you are physically able to do it.

Most places aren’t going to give you a refund for lack of educating yourself and of course, you want to make sure that participating in this fitness class won’t damage your health.

Step #2 Find a Kickboxing Program That is a Good Fit for Your Schedule and Budget

When I joined my kickboxing class, I started off with a promo deal that allowed me to try out a few classes before committing to join. Thankfully, after the first class, I was impressed by the program and the flexibility of the different times available to attend the class each day, so it was a win. However, every center is different so it is important to make sure that before signing up for a membership you like the atmosphere and the class times can fit into your schedule instead of you having to try to make your schedule work for the classes.

Step #3 Create a Mini First Aid Kit

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Having a mini first aid kit is something that you don’t want to forget to keep in your car or gym bag when kickboxing. There are plenty of aches and pains that come along with this fitness activity. Trust me, my first class kicked my butt. It was such a hassle to walk up the stairs because my legs were so sore.

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It temporarily relieves the minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with a simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. It works wonders for me on a weekly basis.

For example, I pulled a muscle in my back when removing an old mattress and I hobbled my way over to it as quickly as possible so I could get my new mattress on. I also have used it after my last kickboxing class because I must have hit the bag too hard and ran incorrectly because both my wrist and ankle were hurting. Additionally, it also works great on my shoulders and back of my thighs after skipping a few classes.

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It’s even something that I remember my mom using when I was younger for her back pain.

Step #4 Find Kickboxing Gloves and Wrap/Gloves That You Like

All gloves are pretty much the same, however, you must make the decision as to whether you want to wrap your hands or use gloves.

When first starting kickboxing I was wrapping my hands, however, I found the wrapping technique difficult to master and time-consuming. Being new to kickboxing I also wasn’t too sure about what type of gloves to purchase since all the instructors prefer wraps and our studio doesn’t sell gloves.

I’ve been using my current gloves for about four classes and they aren’t very comfortable in between my fingers, so for my next couple of classes, I’ll be bringing my wraps back out until I can try to find a different pair of gloves that don’t hurt.

Invested in some gloves to save time and frustration from having to wrap my hands before class. Haven’t been to class in a while so sure this one is going to kick my butt. #jabs4july #ilovekickboxing

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Having your hands wrapped or gloves on under your boxing gloves is very important, though. This will reduce the risk of hurting your hands or wrists while hitting the bag.

Step #5 Purchase Athletic Wear That Can Handle Heavy Sweating

I have a ton of athletic wear since I work from home and find it more comfortable to wear leggings than to put on actual jeans or dresses just to sit at my computer. However, what I have found out the hard way is that you must have athletic wear that can handle heavy sweating.

Kickboxing makes you sweat your butt off.

I remember one class I wore some cotton leggings and when we were doing butterfly stretches I looked down and I was all visibly wet (it looked like I had wet my pants). I was so embarrassed so after that, I stuck to my sports leggings because they can handle sweat.

Step #6 Make Drinking Water and Green Tea a Part of Your Daily Routine

Drinking water is necessary for all sports and fitness activities. However, green tea is something that should be a part of your daily routine as well. It is supposed to have a ton of health benefits such as speeding up your metabolism and helping you burn more calories.

I’m personally not a huge fan of drinking water, therefore, drinking 6-7 cups of green tea is much easier for me. I don’t use sugar in it but I do use a dab of honey to make it not taste so bad.

My kickboxing instructors also recommend green tea in addition to water. Between us though, I usually have a bottle of water upon waking up, before class, during class, and then after class.

Step #7 Plan to Arrive Early to Your First Class

Lastly, when you are going to your first kickboxing class make sure you arrive early. This will allow you to get a feel for the studio, meet the instructors, find out what to expect, tour the studio, and of course fill out any required paperwork.

For my first class, I was also assigned with an individual instructor to help me learn the ropes, which made getting started even easier.

Final Thoughts on Preparing for Kickboxing

Overall kickboxing is fun and of course, it has a ton of health benefits. If you follow the steps I have shared in this post you will be one step closer to being a kickboxing addict like me.

Make sure you don’t forget your BENGAY® Ultra Strength Cream!

Have you ever wanted to try kickboxing before?

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55 Comments

  1. […] during my kickboxing days, there were a handful of instructors where I would make it a point to make it to their classes […]

  2. […] always as cut and dry as it seems, especially during this time of the year. When I used to go to kickboxing classes it was a hassle fitting in the class multiple times a week with the kid’s schedule, my work […]

  3. Kathy Pugh says:

    Great information for people thinking about starting a kickboxing class! I started my first classes back in March of 2017 and have fallen in love with it! It is a great work out and stress reliever! Once you get started you will be hooked!

    1. admin says:

      Kathy,

      I agree. It is so addicting. I see they have a challenge started in September also. I am so looking forward to that.

  4. Melissa says:

    I wish I would have know about Bengay when I first join. lol I’m going on my 3rd month and I absolutely LOVE it! My instructors are great and I have met awesome people. We have even started a little ” accountability ” group just to encourage one another. I usually go early morning or late night because of my schedule. It’s not the cheapest ( being a single mother ) but my health is important. A few of my Facebook friend have joined which allowed me to get 3 free months! I waited about 6 months before I actually went for it ( being afraid to try something different and cost ) do the research and give it a try.

  5. I don’t think I’m fit enough for kickboxing. And, I never knew there was a pre-workout too! I for sure would be needing Bengay for my aching muscles after kickboxing. Thanks for these tips girl!

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  6. Wow!! I heard that kickboxing was pretty strenuous but I had no idea it was like this! I always considered it a primary work out, I had no idea there was a pre-workout involved!

  7. Melissa Vera says:

    I used to love going to kick boxing class. I need to get back into it. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. SuziesView says:

    Girl you go get it girl!!!!!!!!I have always liked Boxing since a kid. I would love to box! You just inspired me so much by this post and seeing ya go after it. Thanks for sharing this. #productreviewparty

  9. Look at you getting all fit! I need to get myself on a workout regimen. #productreviewparty

  10. Ra'Nesha says:

    I’m taking a class after work 3x a week I love it plus the weight is shedding quick.

    1. admin says:

      Yes, that’s what I love about it too. You can see changes quickly. I’m not noticing much by the numbers on my scale, but I am noticing my body is changing.

  11. Okay, you lost me at needing to have a first aid kit lol! That’s a serious workout! But I know the benefits are great! I also struggle with drinking enough water each day but I do drink quite a bit of green tea.

    1. admin says:

      Marsha,

      The first aid kit is one of those things that it’s better to be safe than sorry. However, BENGAY is definitely needed because you will be sore after class.

  12. I think kickboxing would be a great and intense workout, a wonderful way for me to stay fit and in shape as well. I am so shy though, not sure if I could sign up for a class.

  13. I have tried kickboxing a couple of times, its a great workout! And definitely something your ENTIRE body feels afterwards!!

  14. Hey I’m in Hampton Roads – grew up in Newport News and now I live in Norfolk. You should join our blogging groups. There is Hampton Roads VA Bloggers on FB and I also lead the Black Bloggers United group in the area as well. Anyways I’ve been wanting to try kickboxing and we have one of these centers in Virginia Beach.

    1. admin says:

      Jonna,

      Nice to see another local blogger. Thanks for the heads up on the blogging groups. I am in the Virginia Bloggers one, but they mostly have events up in Richmond and northern VA, which is at least an hour commute for me. Therefore, it’s nice to know that there are some bloggers closer in the area. I definitely recommend trying I Love Kickboxing. They should still have a Groupon deal going or a web special on their site so you can try out a few classes before committing.

  15. Debra Hawkins says:

    I would love to take another kickboxing class! I love the one that I did but it was ages and ages ago!

  16. I have never taken a kickboxing class but I would love to try one. I just finished a Body Pump class and I know I’m already going to be sore, so I will definitely be using these tips!

    1. admin says:

      I have to look up Body Pump classes. That’s a new one for me.

  17. Rondra says:

    Girl you look GREAT! I’ve always wanted to try kickboxing, but I am not physically ready, lol! I have lost 25 lbs this year and once I get to my ideal weight, I definitely want to try out a class.

    1. admin says:

      Rondra,

      Thanks. You don’t have to be a specific weight or body type to do kickboxing though. It works for everyone. At least in my class, it is a no judgment join and we encourage each other to make it through the workout and meet our fitness goals. It is great for supplementing your current fitness routine or becoming your new one. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. My only regret is I didn’t get started sooner. Congrats on your weight loss for the year so far.

  18. You better kickbox some butt girl! I am proud of you I bet its a little challenging but I know you will do well!

  19. These are great tips. Kickboxing looks like so much fun. I love workouts that keep my attention. Might have to check out a class.

  20. Jay Colby says:

    Great post & tips! Kickboxing sounds so fun I’ve always wanted to try it.

  21. Love these great tips on getting prepared for kickboxing! {client}

  22. Kimberly says:

    I am unable to do kickboxing because I have osteoarthritis and half a metal spine LOL but I do have to say that I do use bengay for my muscle spasm in my back and I love it. It works fantastic! So if you’re going to be working out, that ‘s the way to go! Kudos to all of you who can do sports like that! I’m am amazed at all of your abilities. Rock on with your bad selves! You look amazing!

  23. Kickboxing sounds like an intense work out. The martial arts place that my kids go to offer that. Thank you for posting this, It makes me want to sign up for kickboxing.

    1. admin says:

      At first, I was going to do martial arts with the kids. However, two of the boys wanted to do football so I’m all alone with this.

  24. I’ve taken up kickboxing in the past but that was a long time ago! It’s so nice that you shared this post, it’s definitely going to help beginners or those who are planning to get back into it like me!

  25. I took a kickboxing class a few years ago at a gym I signed up for. I loved it but I couldn’t stay consistent because I couldnt fit the class into my work schedule.

    1. admin says:

      Briana,

      Yes, finding a class that works for my schedule was my biggest concern. Luckily, with the first place, I tried they had so much flexibility that allows me to fit it into my day. I prefer to go first thing in the morning, but soon I’ll be going at night probably since my work schedule is changing.

  26. My Teen Guide says:

    I have a good friend who is engaged in this sport. She’s also taking lessons in Muay Thai. I wish I could participate in this kind of exercise, but my medical condition prevents me from doing so. You go, girl. Go and inspire more women to mind their health always!

  27. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    I agree kickboxing is fun and has lots of health benefits and it is also a great way to keep oneself fit. I am not sure I can take it up. Your tips are very handy to take up kickboxing. I am glad to know that Ultra Strength BENGAY® cream is useful for all types of aches and muscle pull. I will buy that.

  28. Great post and great tips!! I loved kickboxing and definitely look to get back into it! Shout out to the 757…..I’m from Hampton, VA! And girl, that Bengay is everything! I have a lot of my patients use it for their aches and pains!

    1. admin says:

      Kristin,

      Awesome to meet another local blogger. I’m actually in Newport News. Bengay is definitely great for aches and pains. It makes me feel brand new especially when I don’t have time to take a break and just relax.

  29. Pam says:

    I have wanted to try kickboxing for years now. I think after reading this, I will take all your tips and finally try it out.

    1. admin says:

      Pam,

      Be sure to let me know how it goes. You got this!

  30. Jaime Nicole says:

    I would LOVE to try kickboxing. My biggest impediment to scheduled gym classes is my schedule – being a single mom definitely keeps me on the run, but I think this would help with my stress levels!

    1. admin says:

      Jaime,

      It is definitely great for stress.

  31. The schedule and budget is a big one. It can get pricing and there’s no need to kill yourself money wise. Great tips! Bengay has been in my medicine cabinet since I was a kid. A solid old friend, Bengay is!

  32. My husband taught me a little, and it burns calories like crazy. I love kickboxing (not on a professional level) but after you are done, you are relaxed and your energy is restored. Maybe I should do more kickboxing to step up my game 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Yes, I love the energy boost that comes from it. After my first class, I was like woah I have so much energy after working out that hard.

  33. These are all great tips! I would love to go to a kickboxing class one day. Those pants are amazing! I would totally wear them to workout in!

    1. admin says:

      Joanna,

      Thanks. They are from the VS Sports line. They are the only leggings that I have found to be sweat proof.

  34. My daughter does a kickboxing DVD from Jillian Michaels. It is great for fitness, but I know you get sore! These are great tips on prepping for kickboxing.

    1. admin says:

      Christy,

      Yes, after every class I can totally feel that I have been pushing myself to make it through the workout.

  35. valmg says:

    I have never considered trying kickboxing. My oldest son did start taking muay thai several years ago and he really enjoyed it.

  36. Hold Up!! You mean that not only do I need to prepare for kickboxing but I need to prepare a first aid kit, too??? I have considered kick boxing but didn’t realize that it entailed all of that!! Maybe I need to rethink kickboxing all together. LOL!

    1. admin says:

      Ty,

      Well, it’s not a requirement to have a first aid kit to do kickboxing. However, I highly recommend it because it is a very powerful workout. You are sure to be sore afterward if you aren’t someone who does a ton of working out already.

  37. Robin rue says:

    Kickboxing is a killer workout. I used to go all the time, but stopped for some reason. I need to get back!!

  38. I have never done kick boxing before, but I have always wanted to. Right now I am trying to get in shape and then when I get in shape I will try kickboxing.

    1. admin says:

      Jeanette,

      Kickboxing is a great way to get in shape. That’s why I started because I have a hard time just going to the gym. This makes working out fun, quick, and convenient for me.

    2. Michelle says:

      There’s no such thing as kickboxing shape. Start now. Get to punching and kicking a bag and before long you’ll be in kick butt as form. Regardless of shape.

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