I’m on a hunt to find a high intensity cardio activity I enjoy. I love lifting weights but when it comes to supplementing my lifts with HIIT or other cardio activities, I find myself cutting out early or entirely unmotivated to complete it. So, I’m writing about my mission to enjoy cardio.
I’ve seen the ads for ilovekickboxing.com all over Facebook and someone I know swears by them. When I first stumbled across a Groupon for x number of classes and free gloves through ilovekickboxing.com, I thought it was a scam. Turns out, it’s a decent workout.
Years later I took the plunge. I got five classes for about $15.00 and a free pair of gloves. When scheduling your first session, they ask you arrive 30 minutes early to talk to a trainer and tour the gym. The trainer asks the typical questions about how active you are, how much you work out, etc. Then she explains the format of the class: 15 minutes of cardio, stretching, about five rounds of bag work, and two rounds of partner drills.
For your first class you get a significant amount of one-on-one support, someone right there with you showing you the most common moves and correcting your form as you go. I appreciated the attention to form and establishing good habits. You learn all the basics, like jab and cross, uppercuts, and two different kicks.
The cardio round was brutal. As someone who moved from Virginia to Denver, Colorado, the altitude still gets me during cardio. And I definitely thought I was going to vomit. Once we got into the bag drills, I knew I was in love. As a rugby player, I enjoy anything that involves hitting things and getting to kick the shit out of a bag was heaven.
There are definitely some downsides to kickboxing, though. The gym will try to sell you on a membership after your first class, which is pretty typical, but the membership prices range from $145-$195 a month—plus an enrollment fee. As someone who would go to one to two classes a week on top of my lifting routine, that’s too much to pay. Especially when I’m looking at gyms that already have kickboxing classes.
I had some difficulty with the pace of the class. As I keep attending classes it’ll get better, but as someone starting out it’s hard to be in a class with people of all experience levels. It would be great if there was a beginner class, just so I could have more than one session to get the hang of the moves. One thing I hate is that the schedule isn’t easily accessible online, you have to put in your email each time you want to view it.
All in all, if you’re looking for a cardio activity to supplement your other workouts I wouldn’t recommend a membership at ilovekickboxing, just because you have to go to at least three classes a week to reap the financial benefits and they no longer offer drop in sessions. But if you’re looking to do kickboxing multiple times a week, the price could be a decent payoff depending on what you’re looking for. (3 classes come out to about $48.88 each with the annual membership a $145 a month, Crunch fitness has kickboxing classes included with a gym membership for about $20 a month). I want to continue kickboxing so I’m looking into gyms that offer kickboxing classes within their gym membership, so I can lift and kick as often as I want without breaking the bank.
If you’re interested in trying out ILoveKickboxing, Groupon has a couple of deals and there are always coupon codes to get discounts off your first group of classes.
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