Fitness Kickboxing Class - Day 1, The First Day and What To Consider
Things to Consider
Fitness Kickboxing Day 1 – The First Day
kickboxing is a full body workout and although some people don't like it, those who do love this type of training. I love to teach kickboxing classes for fitness and at the beginning is always a learning curve not only for the instructor but for the participants as well. When you’re a beginner or if you happen to be working with beginners, some important things to keep in mind are: Their posture or limitations, their level of experience even though they are a beginner and of course the workout plan. Lastly don't forget to smile and take time to say everyone's name and try to remember the names as best you can. This will make everyone feel more at home from the start.
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Posture & Limitations
This can be very important because a person is only as good as they are mobile. If they have tight hip flexors for example it could affect some of their ability to perform certain moves or able to squat and keep up with the training. There are also cases where the person might have had an old injury or they have bad knees for whatever reason. The main goal is be aware and help them get through it.
Level of Experience
Of course in the competitive side experience is huge. This is not so much the case when it comes to fitness side of kickboxing. It’s really all about pushing yourself or them. However you need to watch out for those people who say they are brand new and like to show off their abilities to their partner or classmates. These types of people can get someone hurt. Experience also comes into effect when you’re building off combos to maximize the amount of calories being worked, off by having body and muscle awareness to perform the multiple combos. Combos such as: Jab, cross, duck & weave right, duck and weave left, hook, cross, left roundhouse. Some people need more work than others and usually it stems back to their athletic ability or involvement in sports as a kid growing up. Take it slow and if they are only able to handle a 3 or 4 hit combo then make sure you really get them sweating with those small combos and again always watch technique.
The Workout Plan
As a trainer and kick boxer myself, I need to remind myself on being more passionate in regards to people’s ability to learn the moves. Kickboxing classes can get pretty overwhelming so be sure to give ample time to connect and learn the moves to perform in the workouts. Look at some of my other articles on more detailed workouts. However for this article, I wrote just a brief look into a good layout design.
Warm up – Try to keep it 3-5mins. Dynamic warm-ups are good choice.
Techniques – Start slow and basic and move into the more complex ones. Such as first jab, cross then later on jab, cross, snap kick. 20 – 25 mins
Cardio / Conditioning – This is the time to really use what was learned. If they can only do the jab, cross, hook. Make sure they sweat it out with that 3 hit combo. 15 – 20 mins
Abs / Core - A strong core is essential in kickboxing. Actually pretty much every sport or day to day activity it is important. 5 – 10mins
Stretching – Pretty self explanatory. However make sure to really stretch the hamstrings and hip flexors one more than the rest.
Hope this helps you to train either yourself or others and be sure to read some of my other blogs on training.
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