When I took my first kickboxing class, I jumped in without a life-jacket. I had no consideration for my current fitness level. Luckily I fared well. Now, I am a regular kick boxer who attends classes each week.
Technically, you need to start the martial arts-based program gradually. You want to come out of your first foray unscathed.
It’s wise to take it slow. If you have tight hamstrings or quads, an inflexible back or hips or other physical restrictions, kickboxing might not be for you yet.
Take it Slow
Even if you are in great shape and participate in cross training programs, it’s best to take it slow. Once your body gets used to the new movement of kicks and jabs, you can work harder.
A smart choice to make before and after your class is to drink plenty of water. That’s one thing I didn’t do when I jumped right into my first class.
Some clubs offer introductory classes for kickboxing. You should attend one of these classes. You will learn the basic moves, so you don’t get injured.
I was fortunate in my first class. The instructor took the time to show me how to place my hips, feet and shoulders. Another instructor told me how to kick properly.
If your club doesn’t offer beginning classes, then hook up with the instructor before the class. She will offer beginner tips for all the moves and combinations.
The key to basic movies is proper stance. You need to know how to jab or punch. The kicks are not your usual kicks. You need to learn all these movements to avoid injury.
The secret is to watch your body in the mirror. Look and see whether your body is positioned correctly for each move.
Some instructors are very good about making sure their students use proper form. I like it when my instructors help me or correct me when needed.
You want to avoid high kicks. You can kick high when you get used to the routine and become more flexible. You need to kick as high as you can raise your leg.
Each kick is done differently. The back kick is done by leaning forward. The front kick is done by leaning back.
Sidekicks are done by leaning to the opposite side of the kick. Roundhouse is a more advance kick. You slap your foot out, not kick it.
Never Lock Joints
Never lock your joints when jabbing or kicking. You don’t want to overextend your kicks either.
I like wearing cross-training shoes. You can wear aerobic athletic shoes designed for pivots and lateral movements.
You don’t have to work out for the entire length of a class. An hour class is a long workout at such high-intensity.
Your Kickboxing workout is for you, so don’t give in to group pressure and exercise beyond fatigue.
The most important thing to do is have a great time.