I joined a gym called KO Boxing & Fitness, which is a little gym down the street from my office and my house. A friend at work has been going to the a.m. kickboxing class and encouraged me to join. After a good six months of thinking about it, pondering it over, and basically procrastinating, I finally joined. All I can tell you is this class is the best, albeit hardest, workout I've ever done. It's an hour long, and during the course of the class we do bag work, i.e. jabs, hooks, fast punching and kicking all with a heavy bag; pushups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, lots of ab work like situps and bicycles... I've only been to three classes so far, and each time it's been a little different. They have about six other classes, but all have a boxing/kickboxing focus. I just LOVE it. I'm not in good enough shape yet to do everything the instructor does without stopping, but I'm not embarrassed to do as much as I can and go at my own pace. Twice I've been at 5:30 in the morning, and last Wednesday I went at 7 p.m. Although it's nice to have it done and out of the way first thing in the morning, but it's also great to be able to punch something after a long day at work! ha ha...
Just wondering if any of you have taken boxing or kickboxing classes and what your experience has been? Any suggestions for a beginner? I have to admit I was REALLY sore after the first class, but it's been getting progressively better each time. I am thinking of wearing a HR monitor, because I do really push myself and don't want to overdo it. I'm guessing I burn around 600-700 calories a class, at least. I'm drenched by the end and really feel like I couldn't do another thing.
They will be offering a 10 week program for women called GIII (stands for Go Girl Go, ha ha...) that I am thinking about joining. It's a group of 10 women or fewer, and you get specialized classes, a private training session, and weekly nutritional support from a trainer. It's $250 for 10 weeks, but that really seems reasonable for what you get. Plus you have a group to be accountable to. I'll let you know how it goes, it starts toward the end of August.
Thanks and look forward to hearing from you on this!