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What To Expect At Your First Kickboxing Class 

Two friends train Muay Thai at Evolve

Kickboxing is one of the more exciting striking arts, which is why ONE Championship has featured the discipline and its athletes inside the Circle since launching ONE Super Series in 2018.

In fact, athletes from ONE’s kickboxing roster often headline the organization’s major events. Such is the case this month, when ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion Regian “The Immortal” Eersel defends his strap against Germany’s Arian “Game Over” Sadikovic at ONE: Eersel vs. Sadikovic on 22 April.

Ahead of the showdown at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, there’s no better time to try out a kickboxing class of your own and get a feel for what these athletes go through.

So, if you’re ready to grab a pair of boxing gloves and head to the gym, here’s what you can expect at your first kickboxing class.

#1 You’re Going To Get Sweaty

When you’re doing an intense body workout like kickboxing, you’re going to sweat a lot, so dress to keep yourself comfortable and dry.

Wear athletic clothing that wicks away sweat and doesn’t rub against your skin in an uncomfortable way. Some kickboxing practitioners opt to wear Muay Thai shorts and a comfortable t-shirt in addition to hand wraps and ankle guards.

It’s also a good idea to keep a hand towel and water bottle close by to stay hydrated.   

#2 Prepare To Push Your Cardio To The Max 

Kickboxing is one of those martial arts that oftentimes requires an intense amount of cardiovascular conditioning.

Remember to keep breathing and take each move one step at a time. Moreover, since you’ll be moving your hands and feet in a way that you may not be accustomed to, be sure to pace yourself.  

But you don’t need to be a professional athlete or have any athletic experience to make it through your first intense cardio workout. Just be prepared to leave your first day a little sore and tired.

Hopefully, though, the energy you get from the class will entice you to come back the next day.

#3 You’re Not There To Hurt Or Be Hurt 

When hitting the gym for the first time, you may be punching and kicking bags and pads, and you may even do some light drill work. But don’t expect to go hard or get hurt.

Training in kickboxing is all about learning a new martial art and having fun without causing harm to your training partner. In other words, it should be an effective workout – not something done aimlessly.

So, make sure you go easy and hit with 50 percent of your power or less. Remember, the goal isn’t to make your partner a punching bag, but rather a person you can flow and practice with.

Putting out good energy during your first class will not only make others want to train with you, but it will also help everyone improve overall because people can try new things without being afraid of getting hurt. 

#4 You’re Going To Be Challenged

If you’re familiar with martial arts movies, you know that most of them share a common theme: a student goes to a teacher for instruction, is faced with multiple obstacles, overcomes them, and then becomes a master.

You may not want to become a master of kickboxing, but your first kickboxing workout will sure present you with challenges you’ve never experienced before.

Whether it’s doing burpees until you feel like you’re going to drop or keeping your hands up even if your shoulders are super sore, you’re going to be pulled out of your comfort zone.

#5 You’ll Have More Fun Than You Thought Possible 

In addition to the confidence you’ll gain from taking one kickboxing class, you’ll also meet people from all walks of life and maybe even make friendships that last a lifetime.

While kickboxing is a sport, it is also a fun exercise that brings like-minded people together, to push one another and help each other grow.

Although there will be times when you’ll be challenged, remember to enjoy the experience and have fun.

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