Do you know what kickboxing can do to your body? This martial arts sport not only torches a lot of calories, it can improve balance, agility and flexibility before you hit old age'.
Whether you intend to join a kickboxing training class, or are still hesitant, check out this cheat sheet to get start out on the right foot.
1. Let Go of The Need to Get Fit In Advance
Never put off attending your first kickboxing class because you want to improve your fitness level first before you go. Simply put, no one learns to swim before plunging into the pool.
Once you begin a high-intensity interval training (HIIT), your concerns will vanish. You will lose weight naturally and your overall fitness will get better as you learn the sport.
2. Finding The Right Sparring Partner For You
Although kickboxing is a form of self-defense designed for a smaller person to protect themselves against a bigger person, do not let your physical size deter you from joining. This is not ‘Game of Thrones’ where Tyrion Lannister had to fight The Mountain in trial by combat.
You will find students (male and female) of all ages, sizes, and skill levels in every class. Whatever your weight class, do not worry about not having an appropriate sparring partner. You will be matched up with the right partner with whom you can practice techniques and movements.
3. Let Go of Being Nervous
‘Day one’ of your first kickboxing class is often the most intimidating part of your decision to join. Do not stress yourself out overthinking it. Before you go in, try visualising your favourite athlete and be inspired from the fact that even he or she had to overcome first-day syndrome.
If your anxiety still affects you, bring a friend! It will definitely help you relax. Remember that everyone in the room shares common goals and passions as you. Once you start throwing punches and kicks, mark my words - it gets so much easier.
4. Instructors Do Not Bite (No Matter How Tough They Look)
Do not be discouraged from asking questions if you are unsure about something. Trainers love when students are curious about a technique or movement. They regard those with questions as passionate, driven, analytical, and attentive.
Whenever you doubt voicing your concerns, consider these wise words: ‘He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.’
5. Properly Fueled Up
It is imperative to eat plenty of carbohydrates before any tough workout. You will need high levels of energy to maximise performance. Food that digests slowly such as banana, sweet potato, or brown rice are great energy boosters.
During kickboxing, the body craves sugar and the muscles rely more on fast-burning carbohydrates as fuel. Keep in mind that this applies only when you are exercising at a high intensity. It is also crucial to stay hydrated as you shave off excess body fat and sculpt muscles.
If you are a newbie to this, remember that the key is to start slow and gain more benefits in the long term (as is the case with most other forms of strenuous workouts).
Are you game to get over your concerns and pump those guns? Maintain a healthy diet while you’re at it.
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