Fitness class on trial: Kickboxing

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If you're in the market for a new year workout and want something a little tougher than water Zumba then kickboxing is for you

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It's a new year, and for many that means one thing: time to work out.

So, for anyone who spent most of Christmas watching people like Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, thinking, "when I finally do get up off this sofa I'm going to do that!" - kickboxing is the perfect choice.

What kickboxing involves


Although it is understandable to be apprehensive, no one will expect you to know what you're doing, especially if you're on a beginners' course. A basic level of fitness is helpful but you will certainly find yourself using muscles you didn't realise you had.

The classes are based around learning technique and building up strength.

There are a serious of conditioning drills, including A LOT of squats, as well as punching and kicking combinations, both alone and with partners. These get more complex as the weeks go on.

There is no sparring and all contact is made with coordinated padding from your partners. So, unless you have a crazy accident you won't be leaving with bruises...just a very achy bottom.

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Give it a try if:


You want to build muscle and flexibility but hate the idea of anything too zen. This workout is great for people with pent up 'stuff' who get little to no kick out of pounding the treadmill.

Give it a miss if:


If you really don't have any 'fight' in you, this probably isn't for you. Also not one for those who don't like looking sweaty and gross in front of strangers.

What to wear:


Those who've been members of a kickboxing gym for a long time will have branded kit (it becomes a requirement of grading).

For beginners you can wear your usual gym attire, depending on preference. I wore leggings with a lose fitting t-shirt but some wore yoga pants and tight vests.

One thing to know - you won't need shoes, but you will want water and a towel.

Calories burnt:


You are somewhat in control of just how many calories you burn. You're in charge of the intensity of your workout. On average, depending on weight you can burn between 600-800 calories in one hour.

Cost:


£133, for an 6 week beginners course at Springhealth Gym.

Location:


Springhealth Gym, 400-404 York Way, Islington, London, N7 9LR

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