Fitness kickboxing may be a new kid on the fitness block but its parent sport – kickboxing-has deep roots in Thailand.
It’s an equipment-based exercise program with the most common being heavy bags and training pads. Kickboxing sessions are typically held in a fitness training center or a commercial gym where the necessary training equipment can be used.
Most fitness kickboxing sessions begin with an active warm up, including light stretches, followed by repetitive yet intense series of punches, kicks and hand strikes, among other self-defense moves inspired by kickboxing. The best part about these sessions is that you get resistance and cardio training rolled into one exercise program.
However, the most common question is, how do you choose the right fitness kickboxing center considering that the exercise program must be performed in a commercial gym?
Staff and Instructors
The instructors must actually be certified to conduct classes in aerobic kickboxing for obvious reasons. Its parent sport can be dangerous because of intense kicks and hand strikes dealt against the opponent, many moves of which can actually render individuals unconscious – or with a concussion, when done with sufficient force.
Even when the participants in the fitness program only battle, so to speak, with the heavy bags, improper body form and execution can be dangerous too. The presence of a certified fitness kickboxing professional can significantly lessen the risks.
Since you will also be dealing with the staff of the fitness center (i.e., in the reception, locker and shower rooms), you should also look for courteous, knowledgeable and helpful staff. Spend time talking to them and observing them before making your decision. You should also assess whether you are comfortable with the gym’s clientele. The more comfortable you are with the other clients, the more you will enjoy your time spent in the gym.
Your choice in the fitness training center will also depend on its proximity to either your home or your work. You must then choose from which point you intend to travel to the fitness center. And, if you usually hit the gym after work, then choosing a gym near your work is important. However, if you want visit the gym from your home, then finding one in your neighborhood would probably be more ideal. Plus, you will be more motivated to train and workout on your newly learned fitness kickboxing moves when the gym is within 3 to 4 miles from home.
Hours of Operation
When do you like to exercise? On weekdays or on weekends? During regular hours (8 A.M. to 5 P.M.) or at odd hours of the day and night when your mood hits (3 A.M.)? Your preferences in the day of the week, the time of the day, and the frequency of your workouts should also be considered.
Facilities and Amenities
Look around the fitness training center or the commercial gym. Are you satisfied with its:
- Quality of equipment? If the equipment has seen better days, then find another gym.
- Cleanliness of the area? Gyms are favorite hangouts for germs so the cleaner the area looks, the better it is for your health.
Though this is sometimes overlooked, cleanliness and equipment quality play a large role for many fitness kickboxing gym members.
Use these helpful tips to see which local fitness studio or fitness kickboxing training center fits your needs and that will help you reach your fitness goals.