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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!
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