Our Personal Training for Kickboxing programme is a transformative experience designed to address the unique challenges faced by kickboxers and help them towards becoming true masters of the sport, whether you’re a beginner, amateur or pro kickboxer.



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Chris Nicklin is a certified Personal Trainer with over 7 years' experience, and the owner of Nxtep Personal Training. Chris qualified from Edge Hill University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Sports Coaching and Performance Development, and has delivered over ten thousand one-to-one Personal Training sessions.

Updated 11/8/2023

Welcome to Nxtep Personal Training, where we specialise in taking your skills to the next level. Our personal trainers will work with you to create a workout plan that fits your individual needs and challenges you to reach peak performance. We are also able to help you focus on improving specific techniques and teach you how to make the most of your time in the gym. Below, we’ll delve deep into the intricacies of kickboxing, the hurdles that arise, the unparalleled benefits of personal training, and the crucial role nutrition plays in unleashing your potential.


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Paul CorriganPaul Corrigan
12:26 10 Mar 24
Sadly I'm leaving the area and would love to take Nxtep with me. I attend the small classes. Chris has created a unique venue that would be hard to match anywhere. The environment is warm and friendly. The sports science work that Chris does behind the scenes to prepare the classes is immense, so that we don't have to worry about it. Just plug and go. Though education is always at hand if required. The classes can be hard work (results driven) but always fun. The equipment is of the highest standard. I've always been around sports but have never experienced anything so positive and rewarding. At 57 there is no way I would ever have thought I'd lift such heavy weights or complete these vigorous exercises. Chris gets you there incrementally and safely but always with great humour. He uses a truly interactive App that plots your progress. A fitness App that actually works, who knew!!Also the clients are lovely and incredibly supportive of each other. Well bloody done Chris!
Aidan McGearyAidan McGeary
07:50 27 Feb 24
Over the past alomost 3 years, Nxtep has been central to my personal growth. Chris and his clients make up a fantastic community of people who have helped me develop in many ways. No one lifts a single kg on my behalf or runs a step for me, but as part of a positive and nurturing environment I have been able to consistently, week in, week out, exceed my expactations of what I am capable of. The Physical and mental benefits I have experienced since being a part of this community have been game changing and I owe them a great deal. Aidan.
Alana McgladeAlana Mcglade
17:44 20 Feb 24
Chris has been absolutely amazing at supporting me on my fitness journey. Everything is tailored to the individual so it suits everyone no matter what stage you're at. There's a really supportive environment that I haven't experienced elsewhere and the flexibility Chris has shown to me when needed has been amazing. Would never go anywhere else now!
Ashleigh PattersonAshleigh Patterson
20:07 18 Feb 24
CHRIS AND LUCA YOU ARE AMAZING AT WHAT YOU DO.At one point i couldnt walk up the stairs... after been hospitalized and locked in a room for nearly a month at pinderfields I was diagnosed with severe asthma to been under observation for COPD at 30 years old and still living everyday with it now, I decided to make a change. I moved to Cheshire I joined @nxtepknutsford and in a matter of months I was competing at @turfgames with the gym familyI cannot thank everyone enough who has been on my journeyNow at 32 I can lift 110kg on a deadliftI can run .... some sort of distance and always improving as much as my lungs will carry me.Never give up and push to be betterWe saw. We came. I conquered! 🏆
Steven ThompsonSteven Thompson
07:40 15 Feb 24
The model works for me , small group of less than 6 with a dedicated trainer . Have used gyms for many years but this model works for me . Complete professional instruction at all times . All about correct technique and protecting back etc . Plus there is no escape - maximising every session and getting maximum benefits . A real community approach .
deborah walkerdeborah walker
10:08 12 Feb 24
Always a great session with Chris .Come away feeling fab
Iain FountainIain Fountain
12:04 06 Feb 24
Have been training regularly each week since October at Nxtep and just wanted to give some feedback on my experience which has been nothing short than excellent. Chris, Luca and the team have provided one and one expertise, techniques, dietary plans to help with weight loss, build lean muscle and improve fitness. Can’t shout their praises enough. Good job Nxtep.
Hannah ThrelfallHannah Threlfall
14:10 10 Nov 23
I signed up for the 6 week body transformation initially to help me get my pre baby body back after gaining a lot of weight through pregnancy. I lost 8.6kgs in the 6 weeks and have since renewed my membership to continue with my progress and I’m almost down 10kgs in total only 2kgs away from my pre pregnancy weight. I have always hated going to the gym and would dread going initially but now I am 8 weeks in, training 3x per week and feeling fitter and much happier in myself it is something I definitely want to continue. I feel it has really changed my lifestyle and I am making healthier choices everyday with a much more positive outlook, my family have commented that the old Hannah is back as before I felt I’d lost myself since becoming a mum for the first time. Chris and Luca are incredibly knowledgeable about anatomy which was very important to me after having a C-section and I have seen huge improvements in my core and lower back stability. I am also enjoying the new friends I am making from the sessions and never thought I’d say it but I’m looking forward to continuing the training long term and being in the best shape of my life!!
Katie MorrisKatie Morris
08:05 15 Sep 23
I've really enjoyed the community at Nxtep. I've never been this thrilled get up before 7am to attend the gym. Chris and Luca are brilliant and I feel I've come so far in the year since I started coming. Looking forward to more progress and the pride that comes with working hard
Lesley SneesbyLesley Sneesby
08:04 15 Sep 23
Thank you Chris and Luca for your amazing help, guidance and support in such a welcoming environment at Nxtep
15:47 03 May 23
I initially joined Nxtep to get a better grip on my fitness levels after yo-yoing for years with sporadic classes and runs. It was an excellent decision as the sessions are three times a week which quickly got me in a good rhythm. Chris and Luca are both fantastic and very patient with a newbie like myself who had never lifted weights before. They have really helped me understand fitness and weight lifting a lot better. They also adjusted any exercises based on my capabilities as I had an injured shoulder for a while, and with the rehab exercises they gave me that’s now back to normal. I can’t recommend Nxtep enough!
15:38 04 Aug 22
I've been working with the guys at Nxtep for about a year now; I originally joined thinking it would be a short-term thing to lose weight for my wedding.A year later and I'm married, 12kg lighter than when I first started, lifting much heavier weights and am in much better shape in general. Chris and Luca have been amazing with my training; they always challenge me to try new things and to push further, which is really helpful for someone who's training has always seemed to plateau in the past.They've also taught me about health and fitness as a lifestyle; there's so much more to it than lifting some weights or constantly being on a diet, and they always keep things new, fun and flexible. They're also really helpful and approachable guys; I've messaged them lots of times to ask for training tips and advice when I'm going to the gym outside of training hours, and they're always more than happy to help.
Jackie KingJackie King
19:38 17 May 22
I first met Chris in January 2020. I was 12 weeks pregnant with my first child. As a trained dancer, and teacher I was hoping to maintain my levels of fitness whilst minimising the risks of my pregnancy. My early dance training concentrated on training my limbs, while often neglecting my ‘centre’ or ‘core’. It wasn’t until a back injury in 2012 due to weak lower back muscles that my approach to training changed. When I first found out about my pregnancy, I worried about my back and how to keep it strong.Chris helped me through my pregnancy teaching me safe ways of keeping my core strong, helping with my postural alignment as well as addressing some muscular imbalances that I wasn’t aware I had. Most importantly, Chris gave me the confidence to continue training through pregnancy. I knew I was in safe hands. Chris is phenomenally knowledgeable in how our bodies work.May 2022, I am currently pregnant with my second child and still continuing to train with Chris at Nxtep. Luca has also joined the team and is a fantastic addition. They are a great team, and I am very lucky to be trained by them both. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about pre or post natal pregnancy training to consider Nxtep.
Sean WSean W
12:09 02 Apr 22
Before starting at Nxtep I would go through a cycle of starting to get fit, injuring my back, then avoiding exercise for fear of making it worse. The same happened when I started here, with my over eagerness to improve leading to the same old injury. Chris and Luca kept me motivated and coached me through the recovery process, allowing me to strengthen the areas susceptible to injury and enabling me to carry on where I’d previously have given up. Now I’m lifting ~100kg more than when I first started and the past few years of persistent back injury seem a distant memory. The guys have helped me with my nutrition, my outlook and overcoming what I previously thought I couldn’t. I can’t thank them both enough!
Paul KennedyPaul Kennedy
22:59 05 Nov 21
I’ve been working with Chris and the team at Nxtep, and the initially just wanted to get stronger and fitter somewhere local when the gym near work was no longer an option due to the pandemic. I know feel really confident handling weights and my diet. I recently saw myself in a film from before I started at Nxtep and other people couldn’t recognise me from me who didn’t know me well so, it definitely works! Highly recommended.
Jordan CraigJordan Craig
20:45 05 Aug 21
Training at Nxtep during Covid was tricky but Chris and Luca made it work! Started with training outdoors in the carpark before we were allowed to move indoors, it was always fun and I feel I made real progress.It never felt just like a business and always felt more caring, I was also doing it as part of my DofE to which Luca/Chris were very helpful with.I've had to stop due to other focuses in life but I've got some real fond memories of the time and am hoping to go back later if I can!
ryan unwinryan unwin
20:29 28 Jul 21
Great personal trainer, his sessions are great and really push you into great mindset to achieve your goals, great knowledge of the body aswell! Would definitely recommend!!
David VDavid V
17:54 22 Oct 20
Wanted to improve all round fitness especially strength and conditioning so contacted & met with Chris.....was very impressed with his approach and was motivated to getting started & looking forward to the challengeChris was fundamental to me in making the nutrition and exercise changes required to achieve goals.... inspiring, motivational, encouraging & supportive he is great to work with......regular tracking & updates help me to stay focused..... Chris is easy to get along with and the sessions are challenging but enjoyable.....



How Can We Help Kickboxers?

Kickboxing is a high-intensity, high-impact martial art that puts enormous stresses on the body. From overcoming physical and mental obstacles to meeting specific nutritional needs, there’s a lot that goes into becoming an accomplished kickboxer. Personal training is an invaluable way to hone your body and mind and reach peak performance in your sport. Below we’ll explore the benefits of personal training for kickboxers, including motivations, mental preparation techniques, goal setting strategies, and tracking progress.

Kickboxing can be challenging, but that’s part of the fun! Working with a personal trainer to hone your fitness and mindset is an excellent way to take your kickboxing game up a notch. Personal training for kickboxers involves precise physical conditioning, nutritional guidance and mental training to help you improve and become a better fighter.

Improving technical drills helps with fine-tuning each punch and kick in order to perfect timing and accuracy. Core strength is also important as it adds power to every strike, allowing you to land them faster and with more force. Our personal trainers will work with you on exercises specifically designed to increase core strength while avoiding injury.

Conditioning plays an important role in any martial art practice – not just kickboxing! Our personal training programmes include plenty of cardio training workouts to help improve your breathing technique and stamina so you can last longer in the ring. 


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Overcoming Obstacles

No matter what challenges you face, don’t give up on your kickboxing goals! Working with a personal trainer can help you overcome obstacles and reach your objectives. We can provide invaluable advice to help build confidence in the ring, develop discipline for better performance, and find focus during difficult moments. Personal trainers recognise weaknesses and cultivate courage to face them head-on. With their support, you’ll be able to develop the skills to tackle any challenge that comes your way.

They will also help create an individualised training plan tailored to meet your goals. This includes tracking progress over time and adjusting techniques as needed. Your trainer will assess where you are now and set realistic objectives for how far you want to go with kickboxing. Having someone who is knowledgeable of the sport and experienced in helping others succeed is key for success in the ring!

Your personal trainer will motivate and support you throughout every step of your journey so that no obstacle stands between you and achieving your kickboxing goals. With our assistance, it’s possible to unlock potentials that may have been hidden due to lack of resources or self-belief before.


Benefits of Personal Training for Kickboxers

Personal training offers kickboxers numerous benefits to help them excel in their sport. Having a trainer provides support and guidance that helps kickboxers develop confidence, improve technique, find balance, strengthen muscles and master drills.

With personalised instruction from a professional coach or mentor, kickboxers can gain the knowledge and skills they need to become successful in their chosen sport. A good personal trainer will also be able to identify areas where an individual may need additional focus or practice. Through targeted workouts tailored specifically for each individual’s needs, kickboxers can make more progress in less time while avoiding any unnecessary injuries.

Personal trainers are excellent motivators who help keep athletes on track towards reaching their goals. With regular encouragement from a trainer, you will stay motivated even when faced with challenging obstacles or setbacks on the road to achieving success. In addition, having an experienced trainer gives individuals the opportunity to learn proper techniques which improves safety during training sessions as well as competition rounds.

No matter what level of expertise a person has reached in the world of kickboxing, from beginners to professionals, working with a personal trainer is invaluable for anyone wanting to take their game up to the next level in this demanding sport!


Having an experienced trainer can be a great motivator to help you stay focused and reach their goals. It means you have someone there for you when you need extra motivation or support. We understand the importance of mindset shifts, helping you keep up morale when things get tough. We can push you beyond what you thought was possible and remind you why it is worth it in the end. With our guidance, you can become a better athlete both physically and mentally – something that can be hard to achieve alone!

For many kickboxers, finding a good personal trainer is key in order for them to reach their goals in the sport. These professionals bring with them experience and knowledge that help improve focus, technique practice, time management, as well as overall mindset shifts – all necessary components for success. Having an experienced coach by your side makes all the difference in achieving those goals!


Nutritional Guidance

Nutrition is an essential component of any successful kickboxing program, and it’s important to ensure that our bodies are getting the necessary nutrients for optimal performance. To meet these nutritional needs, we need to understand the basics of satisfying cravings, fueling workouts, eating healthy, understanding macros, and avoiding deficiencies. It’s important to create a meal plan that will provide you with the correct balance of carbs, proteins, and fats for energy as well as vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables.

To satisfy cravings while still meeting nutritional requirements we can incorporate some favorite snacks into our diet in moderation. We should also try to fuel workouts by eating foods that contain slow-release carbohydrates such as whole grains or beans which will give us energy over a longer period of time compared to sugary energy drinks or bars. Eating healthy doesn’t mean completely avoiding unhealthy foods; instead focus on eating mostly whole foods like lean meats or fish with lots of fruits and vegetables.

Another key part of nutrition is understanding macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats as well as their recommended daily intake so we can optimize our performance during training sessions. Finally it’s important to watch out for potential deficiencies in certain vitamins or minerals by consulting a doctor if necessary. With proper nutrition you can stay energised during training sessions while making sure your body gets all the necessary nutrients needed for success in kickboxing! Our personal trainers are all trained nutritionists too, so you’ll receive the best nutritional guidance and meal plans alongside your physical workouts.


Mindset and Mental Preparation Training

Developing a positive mindset and preparing mentally is just as important for kickboxing success as physical training. It’s easy to focus on the tangible aspects of your sport, such as strength, speed, agility, technique and conditioning; however, these will only take you so far. In order to reach peak performance levels you must be prepared mentally too. To do this effectively we need to use visualization techniques and mental imagery to create a strong sense of self-belief and confidence in your ability.

Having a positive attitude towards challenges is essential in kickboxing; without it you won’t have the drive to push yourself beyond your limits or overcome any failures or setbacks that arise during training sessions or tournaments. You also need to manage our time effectively by setting realistic goals that are achievable within certain periods of time. This allows us to track progress over time and stay focused on achieving success in an efficient way.

Goal Setting Strategies

Setting clear goals and creating a plan for achieving them is an essential part of kickboxing success. To reach your best potential, it’s important to have a comprehensive goal setting strategy that includes stretching techniques, strength training, time management, focus drills and physical conditioning. Developing specific short-term and long-term objectives will help you stay focused on the task at hand while also allowing you to envision your ultimate success.

Start with a simple goal such as how many rounds you want to complete in each practice session or the number of punches you want to throw correctly. Once these goals are set up, break down the steps needed to meet those targets. For example, if your goal is to increase your punch speed, we will include stretching exercises and strength training so that your muscles can become stronger and better conditioned for more powerful strikes. Additionally, focus drills such as shadow boxing can help sharpen your technique while physical conditioning helps build stamina and endurance.

Time management is another key component of successful goal setting for kickboxers. We will set you achievable deadlines throughout the week so that each aspect of your training has enough attention given to it before moving on to something else. It’s also important to allow breaks between sets so that you don’t burn out too quickly from exhaustion or overtraining injuries. Having consistent motivation and professional guidance towards reaching specific goals will give you the momentum needed for continued progression in kickboxing performance and development.

Tracking Progress and Results

Tracking your progress and results is an important part of reaching success in kickboxing. Recording data, such as workout times and your physical stats, gives us valuable insight into how you’re performing and where we can make improvements. It also allows us to better manage your time when planning workouts.

With regular tracking of our progress, we can ensure that you feel the rewards from your efforts, stay focused and stay motivated throughout the duration of your training program. By keeping a close eye on all aspects of performance, we can maximise the benefits that come from each workout session.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time should I dedicate to personal training?

We recommend that you dedicate at least two but ideally 3 days per week to personal training, depending on your kickboxing level. This should include developing balance, pacing yourself, tracking progress, muscle conditioning and proper form. A balanced training routine is important for kickboxers as it helps build endurance and strength in order to maximise performance. We make sure you don’t overdo it – we start you slow and work you up over time, while keeping track of your progress along the way. 

What type of equipment do I need for kickboxing training?

We provide all of the necessary equipment for kickboxing training. Practice drills, fitness tracking, diet planning, mental preparation and form refinement are all important elements to consider when choosing the right gear. From boxing gloves and protective headgear to hand wraps and jump ropes, there are many items that can help you maximize your performance during practice sessions and we make sure it’s all at hand. For your home however, consider investing in a punching bag or a speed bag for practicing techniques and building strength. A jump rope is also helpful for improving agility and endurance. Lastly, don’t forget about tracking your progress—consider purchasing a fitness tracker so you can monitor heart rate, calorie burn and other metrics.

How do I stay motivated?

We all know how difficult it can be to stay motivated when it comes to personal training. Setting goals, creating plans, scheduling workouts and tracking nutrition are key components that can help us stay on track. By setting realistic and achievable targets we can measure our progress and recognize our successes along the way. Working with a partner or group of friends is also an effective way to keep ourselves accountable, as well as making the process more enjoyable! Finally, tracking our progress is essential for long-term motivation – allowing us to see how far we’ve come and motivating us to keep going.

What are some effective drills to enhance my punching speed and power?

Punching speed and power can be improved through drills like shadowboxing with focused punches, using resistance bands, and incorporating heavy bag workouts to develop strength and explosiveness.

How do I develop better footwork and movement in kickboxing?

Footwork drills, ladder drills, and agility exercises can enhance footwork and movement. Practice pivoting, sidestepping, and circling to become more agile and unpredictable.

What’s the best way to increase my endurance for longer kickboxing matches?

Incorporate interval training, long-distance runs, and high-intensity cardio workouts into your routine to build endurance gradually. All of which is included within our Personal Training For Kickboxing programme.

Are there any specific strength training exercises that complement kickboxing?

Exercises like squats, deadlifts, lunges, and core workouts can enhance your overall strength, stability, and power for kickboxing.

What dietary changes can enhance my kickboxing performance and recovery?

We’ll help you prioritise a balanced diet with lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Hydration is crucial, and consider adding protein-rich snacks after training for muscle recovery.

What’s the best way to manage weight while maintaining muscle mass for kickboxing?

Focus on a balanced diet with sufficient protein intake to preserve muscle mass. Monitor your caloric intake to ensure you’re in a slight caloric deficit for weight loss.

How do I deal with mental blocks and stay motivated in my training?

Set specific goals, celebrate small victories, and maintain a positive mindset. Visualise success and remind yourself of your progress to stay motivated. At Nxtep we’ll help and guide you to achieve all of the above.

Are there any recommended stretches to improve my flexibility for kicks?

Dynamic stretches like leg swings and static stretches targeting hip flexors, hamstrings, and quadriceps can improve your kicking flexibility.

How do I find a balance between cardio training and skill refinement?

Our Kickboxing Personal Training programme incorporates both elements into your routine by dedicating specific parts of each day to each. For example, you will alternate between cardio-intensive sessions and strength-focused sessions.

Can you recommend any tips for recovering after intense training sessions?

Hydrate adequately, engage in post-workout stretching, and consider using foam rollers or mobility tools to alleviate muscle soreness. At Nxtep we’ll ensure you fully warm up and down every time, helping you recover faster than ever.

What common mistakes should I avoid as a kickboxing beginner?

Avoid neglecting foundational techniques, overtraining, and skipping warm-ups. Focus on learning proper form before attempting advanced techniques.


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