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How do I Choose the Best Kickboxing Class?

By Carol Francois
Updated Feb 03, 2024
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There are four things to look for when selecting the best kickboxing class: location, schedule, certification and level of instruction. Kickboxing is a popular sport that combines kicking and boxing. It is used for self-defense, competition sport and overall fitness.

Because kickboxing is a full-contact sport, protective gear is required during practice or competition. You will need kickboxing gloves, a mouth guard, hand wraps, shin pads, kick-boots and a protective helmet. Take the time to ensure that the helmet fits properly.

Kickboxing classes are a great way to improve overall fitness, coordination and strength for both children and adults. There are two aspects to every kickboxing classes: conditioning and technique training. The conditioning aspect includes stretching and muscle-building. Training in kickboxing focuses on specific movements for both defensive and offensive stances.

Select a kickboxing class that is located in a well-equipped studio or gym. The space should be clean, have enough safety equipment for everyone in the class, changing rooms and excellent lighting. Most kickboxing classes are held in large rooms with mirrored walls and padded floors. Avoid any kickboxing class in a space with concrete flooring and no pads, because the risk of injury is quite high.

Check the schedule to get an idea of the breadth and depth of courses available. Select a course only after confirming that the required prerequisites have been completed. Avoid kickboxing classes scheduled first thing in the morning if you are required to work during the day. Do not eat a heavy meal before kickboxing classes, because that can lead to muscle cramps.

Many schools arrange kickboxing classes into a program or certificate. Identify a long-term goal and select the courses that are necessary to meet that goal. This process is great way to track progress and keep personal interest high.

Check the qualification and certification of the instructor before registering. All instructors must have valid first aid certificates and be physically fit. Avoid classes by an instructor who is no longer an active participant in kickboxing, which doesn't have to mean competitive kickboxing. The ability of the instructor to demonstrate techniques and physically correct students is an essential part of any kickboxing class.

These classes typically are available in community centers, kickboxing studios and martial arts clubs. There usually is a cost for the uniform, gloves and safety equipment, which should be properly fitted. Keep in mind that equipment purchased for children likely will be outgrown before it is worn out. Many schools have used equipment for sale or rental at a discounted price. Take care to check the padding before purchasing used equipment.

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