by Ashley Valli
Being good enough to keep up with the rest of the class is almost always the first dread people have when starting something new. There’s a reason people always ask for everyone else’s answers after a test before revealing their own. We all want to make sure we’re somewhere safely in the middle (or even surpassing others!).
Sometimes we imagine that these potential new spaces will put everything on us to decide whether or not we’re good enough to try out — as if there’s every probable chance of entering into a UFC-style fight match with no prior experience. Most businesses are wise enough to include whether a certain level of experience is required prior to registering for a class but, yeah, we feel for you!
LET’S JUST GET TO THE POINT:
No, you don’t have to be fit to start kickboxing. But, just to be clear, it will absolutely test your body to its limits. This isn’t like a power walk through the park. No matter what level of fitness you are at, kickboxing will work you to your core. Really, what you do need to start kickboxing are hand wraps, boxing gloves, and a gym towel — because you will be sweating quite a bit. Kickboxing isn’t something you can only try after hitting the gym pretty hard for a series of time. Absolutely not: it’s better than the gym. Come to kickboxing instead. It’s much more entertaining.
WE KNOW WHERE YOUR LIMITS ARE
Most instructors would have devoted years to training in martial arts and most certainly wouldn’t be teaching if they didn’t have a passion for it. With the above in mind, your instructor will know when you have reached your limits and will respect when you have reached the end of your tether. Keep in mind, however: your instructors will also know when you need to be pushed harder.
Lastly, we also encourage you to consult your local GP if you’re concerned about your level of health in relation to starting a new sport. This includes health concerns like obesity, asthma, or diabetes. Be honest with yourself on what your body can take.
WE VALUE COMMITMENT OVER ANYTHING ELSE
Hey, we get it if a particular sport just might not be right for you, but there’s also nothing we respect more than a beginner that just keeps coming back for more. If you’re groomed enough in life, you’ll understand that you won’t always fall in love with a potential hobby on the first go. In fact, most people will tell you it took a few tries before they fell head-over-heels for a new sport. Heed this: commitment trumps fitness every time because, without it, there is no advancement. We love some of that no-quit mentality.
COME IN WITH A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN AND A GOOD ATTITUDE
Being the new guy sometimes sucks — but if you’re approaching a new class with an open mind and a good attitude, you will likely end up having a lot of fun. Many martial arts gyms (particularly ours, ahem) host a team of good-spirited, humbled leaders that all remember what it was like to be a beginner. Being willing to learn and possessing a good attitude are our only prerequisites to trying out as a beginner. Give it a go!
If you’re still testing the waters with kickboxing, give our 3-class trial a try! No contracts or signatures required.