Workout Trend: Kickboxing

Kickboxing is an awesome workout for weight loss.

When I first moved back to Dallas a few years ago I was very out of shape and had no interest or desire to join a regular gym. I was also heartbroken. The person I loved and thought I was going to spend my life with broke my heart in the worst possible way. I was angry at him and angry at myself for not seeing the red flags and warning signs along the way. Kickboxing was the ultimate therapy + workout that I needed. 

I remember being so nervous walking into Title Boxing at Preston and Forest for the first time. The owner, Simon, was there and welcomed me enthusiastically. He got me gloves and wrapped my hands for me and told me I could picture whoever I wanted on that bag. I learned the basics of boxing but I also learned the basics of working out. Our warm ups and time in between hitting the bag included jumping jacks, burpees, squats and lunges. All of these basics are now in my tool kit and free to do any time I want! But when I started, they were hard. I didn't have a lot of dexterity. I felt clumsy and awkward jumping around but I did it. I remember starting in the back of the classroom and slowly working my way up to the front of the room during my year and a half at Title Boxing. 

I dropped 10lbs pretty quickly thanks to the high intensity work outs. I still hadn't mastered my nutrition at this point and had good days and bad days with eating properly. I would have lost more weight if my nutrition were consistent at this point but I've found that I need to focus on one new thing at a time before trying to add anything else on. So getting my behind to boxing 4-5x a week after living a very sedentary lifestyle for the last few years was a huge change for me. I also hadn't worked out in a way where I was drenched in sweat after before. I remember several gym visits in the years prior to that where I could re-wear the same workout outfit for a week before needing to do the wash. That was not the case with Title boxing. I learned to bring another change of clothes after classes because I wouldn't want to drive home drenched in my own sweat.

There are several different boxing gyms but I loved Title Boxing and used to go to this location:

Home - Dallas Central Forest - TITLE Boxing Club

11613 N Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75243214-484-1726 Open: 6:00am - 7:30pm

Notes for 1st Timers:

1. Don't go to a "Peak Hour Class" like a 5:30 p.m. It will be packed and you might be overwhelmed/ not get as much attention from the coach. Weekends tend to be less crowded.

2. It's okay to take a break. You can walk to the water fountain just to get away from the bag and catch your breath. 

3. A bad jumping jack is better than no jumping jack. A bad burped is better than no burpee. A "bad" squat or squat that doesn't go as low as other people is still better than no squat (assuming your form isn't going to cause you pain).

4. Bring a sweat towel - you should be drenched at the end of class and the floor can get kind of gross when you have to lie down for ab work at the end.

5. Have fun! Picture that dude who cut you off in traffic or the person who broke your heart. You will be amazed how much more you sweat when you put some power behind your punches.