So, you’re looking to improve your fitness and learn a new skill and you have booked yourself into a kickboxing class, now what? What should you bring your first class and what can you do to prepare yourself? At ICC, we are Sydney’s leading martial arts training academy offering BJJ, kickboxing and MMA classes to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Here are a few tips that might help you get the most out of your first class.
Kickboxing workouts engage your entire body, as well your mind so be prepared to output a lot of energy. Bring a large water bottle to help you stay hydrated between rounds and keep you going throughout the class. Drinking water will also help with your recovery post-workout.
Even at a beginner level, expect to sweat. A lot. Bring a small towel, sweatband, wristband, etc. to keep the dripping sweat in check. Loose clothing is not recommended, instead opt for tighter active wear to maximize your freedom of movement and minimize the chance of getting caught in your own clothes.
While wrapping up your hands may look professional, they aren’t just for the experts. When you are punching repeatedly, hand wraps provide support and protection. Most gyms and training centres will have communal wraps you can borrow, however it’s much nicer and more hygienic to have your own. Same goes for gloves and thankfully they are easy to find at most sports stores, or even online.
More than anything, it’s important to enter your first class with confidence. Leave your insecurities at home and don’t doubt yourself. Think strong and act strong. Walk into that class ready to work and challenge yourself. Remember that everyone had their first martial arts class at some point, too.
There’s often a sense of community in boxing classes that can be really motivating, everyone is working together to achieve their goals, learning from each other and growing together. The instructor will help you push yourself so you can feel confident about progressing quickly, but you can rest assured you’re not going to feel like an amateur in a class full of professionals.
Kickboxing classes provide a full-on, whole body workout, but they also teach you techniques that have helped fighters get trained for decades. Not only will you learn basic kickboxing, but also Muay Thai boxing skills and combinations meaning you can use fists, feet, elbows and knees to fight. The result is that you’ll develop great overall fitness in a fun and supportive environment that will carry over into the next class and the next – kickboxing is highly addictive.
Martial arts and kickboxing classes have numerous benefits, including stress relief, increased balance, and improved coordination and overall fitness. Importantly you can expect to have fun, build friendships and take out some frustrations while getting your body into its best shape possible.
Give our BJJ program a go and experience the improvements to all of these fields. It is considered to be an excellent first style where the skills are easily transferable.
"Mario and Ann Marie are fantastic with the kids. They make training fun and my daughter LOVES going. After trying so many different sports and activities over the years, not enjoying anything enough to stick it out, she wanted to try ICC after hearing about it through a friend. It's been over a year and her passion for it has only grown. I highly recommend ICC and the instructors!"
"Integrated Combat Centre is an excellent place to learn martial arts. There is a great family environment and the instruction is world class. I would gladly recommend them to anyone interested!"
"The environment was really friendly and i would say very different compared to my previous experience where before you pay for membership and no one even said hello . I definitely liked the idea of a team workout yet everyone was getting one on one guidance on technique and the correct form . The atmosphere was very friendly and i definitely liked how you were constantly reminding the class about safe execution of techniques . The workouts definetly tested my mental and physical endurance which was the best part . The body temperature checks and sanitation before the start of each class also put my mind at ease .
Hoping to learn more and getting fit whilst being a part of the ICT family . Thank you"
"My kids love training here! They have learnt great skills, all coaches are very knowledgeable, clean open space, and welcoming community. We highly recommend this centre"
"Just had an awesome first class with Dave and Steven. Really friendly and welcoming environment and easy to understand yet technical explanations of techniques."