Many people don’t realize that there are different types of kickboxing gym classes available, all with distinct focuses and intentions. That’s great news for anyone looking to get into kickboxing! With such a variety of options available, there has never been a better time to try kickboxing of any type. Three of the most popular kickboxing gym classes are classic kickboxing, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts (MMA).
About Kickboxing Gym Classes
All kickboxing gyms are not the same, and kickboxing gyms may or may not offer classes other than traditional kickboxing.
For example, X3 Sports offers a variety of fitness and martial arts classes for kickboxing athletes of all skill levels. The gym also provides traditional workout equipment to complement kickboxing classes and ensure that every student has opportunities to improve fitness on their terms. Kickboxing gym classes at X3 Sports also include heavy bag work with 120 lb bags, offering resistance training without using heavy weights.
Here is a breakdown of three popular types of kickboxing gym classes: classic kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA fighting.
It may be classic, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout targets every muscle group – arms, torso, abs, core, and legs. It features bursts of stop-and-go movements that keep the body guessing as it torches calories. Plus, it’s fun!
Kickboxing gym classes are excellent for beginners who want to spend some time getting to know the sport and mastering the moves before trying out other types of martial arts classes.
Of course, there’s no reason to move to other types of classes. Many start kickboxing gym classes as beginners and progressively add intensity and more complex moves to their workouts. That’s because kickboxing classes offer flexibility so people of all fitness abilities can participate without getting bored. As students get comfortable with moves, they can advance their skills by combining what they have learned into different routines with varying intensity levels.
The ancient practice of Muay Thai (translated as Thai boxing) dates back over 2,000 years. It began in Thailand as a combat technique and has since evolved into a combat sport.
Another name for Muay Thai is “the art of eight limbs” because Muay Thai Fighters strike using eight points of contact (two of each: knees, elbows, fists, and legs) instead of only using two points of contact like in boxing (fists) or four points of contacting in other types of martial arts (fists and feet).
Muay Thai classes are excellent for those who want to get into shape while also learning self-defense techniques. X3 Sports has Muay Thai classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Instructors can prepare students for competition if they decide to take their Muay Thai training further.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Mixed martial arts is among the most popular types of martial arts in today’s popular culture. Students of all levels can enjoy MMA classes that teach them the fundamentals of striking, submissions, and wrestling. As students progress, they will learn more advanced moves.
X3 Sports has MMA classes that feature fundamentals, blended techniques, and simulated sparring. Full sparring may be available at the instructor’s discretion, provided the student will be sparring with an experienced partner and using the proper protective gear.
There is even a path for athletes who want to become competitive MMA fighters to join Team MMA and work with trainers and athletes who have fought and are currently fighting in professional MMA organizations. MMA mastery requires successful work in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, boxing, wrestling and sports performance training which are components that make up mixed martial arts.
Try X3 Sports for Kickboxing Gym Classes
There are many gyms in the country that specialize in one or two types of kickboxing gym classes. What makes X3 Sports unique is that it features multiple types of kickboxing gym classes for athletes of all levels and fitness abilities.
Everyone has an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA at X3 Sports, whether they have previous experience in kickboxing or have never thrown a punch or kick before.
The camaraderie at X3 is what really makes it a special place for students to let loose, get fit, and have fun learning kickboxing moves. Try it by signing up for a free kickboxing class.