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.