Getting a Kick-Start: Tips for First-Time Kickboxers

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It’s not uncommon to feel nervous or intimidated when trying something new, especially if it’s a physically demanding workout like kickboxing. For many of us, the fear of failing, being embarrassed, or simply not being good enough can hold us back from reaching our full potential.

But the truth is, everyone starts somewhere, and the key to success is taking that first step– even if it’s uncomfortable. Plus, zero kickboxing experience is required before coming to Grit Box! Here are some tips to help you overcome your fears and ease the nerves before your first class:

Take it at your own pace

Rule number 1: don’t compare yourself to others during class. Kickboxing is a challenging workout, and everyone’s body is built and responds differently. Focus on you, listen to your body, and modify an exercise if that’s what’s needed.

Coach Megan says that Grit Box is not a competition of who can get through the most rounds or who can lift the most during class.

“Grit Box welcomes all individuals from all levels. Remember, it’s you vs. you. If you need to level up and throw on a weighted vest, do that. If you need to slow down to figure out the right technique, do that. Sometimes, just walking through the door is an accomplishment and that’s ok. Wherever you are in your journey, we are here to help you along the ride,” Megan said.

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So, whether you are a seasoned kickboxer or just starting out, it’s important to remember that kickboxing is about pushing yourself to be your best, and not about comparing yourself to others.

Bring a friend

Coach Dani recommends taking your first class with a friend!

“Misery loves company lol. It can be overwhelming trying something for the first time, so it’s always clutch to have someone else to experience it with you,” she says.

Working out with a friend usually provides a source of accountability and encouragement. When you know someone is counting on you, it’s easier to stick to your fitness routine and push yourself harder in class. So, grab your workout buddy and get ready to throw some punches!

Come early

Don’t show up just in time for class to start. Arrive 15 minutes early to put your things away, get your wraps on, and get in the zone. Your coach will walk you through the 6 core strikes we throw during class to get you familiar with these movements and teach you the correct technique!

“Meeting the coach and learning the strikes and layout of class beforehand is a huge help,” Dani says.
This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the class or specific techniques. Showing up early gives you time to get focused and get mentally prepared for the class. Set your goals and get ready to crush ’em.

Put your ego aside

Relax, have fun, and enjoy the workout without feeling the pressure to perform. It will make the workout feel less like a chore!

“Just remember with most new things you might feel silly but you don’t know until you try! So if looking silly or the fear of embarrassing yourself is the only thing holding you back, just know we’ve all been there and you’re not alone,” Dani said.

Don’t waste your energy worrying about how you look, focus on the workout itself. By letting go of any self-consciousness, you’ll be able to perform your best and have fun with it!

Cody’s advice is “if you’re nervous, you’re thinking too much… Just say f*ck it and have some fun!”

If you’re ready to add some fun to your fitness routine, come kick it with us and try a free class at Grit Box!