Back in the early 2000s, I was a Tae Bo expert. Billy Blanks & I were tight. Like as tight as the outfits he used to wear. Walking into kickboxing, I assumed I knew what I was doing after my Tae Bo experience. WRONG! Turns out punching and kicking the living room air was SO not the same as having a real heavy bag in front of you.
I Love Kickboxing is a brand new facility in East Frisco on Preston. They have great deals right now because they just opened. You get free gloves and can take 3 classes for only $10. Once you’re in, they also offer monthly specials and they don’t use high-pressure sales tactics.
The class was structured differently than anything I have ever experienced. First, you take your shoes off in the locker room and set your gloves on top of a heavy bag. Then what they refer to as the “warm-up” begins. It is a grueling 20 minutes of running, high knees, burpees, and other classics that we all hate.
After the Rocky Balboa level warm-up, we spent time stretching. Stretching is in my wheelhouse, so I loved this part of the hour. I also grabbed a free water from their fridge during this time by using their posted hashtags on social media. Each month they have a charity driven hashtag, so I used #guidingeyes and it helped money go towards feeding service dogs for the blind. Win-Win!
Finally, we began the fun part of class. We put on our gloves and shared a bag with our partner. I went with my friend Cindy, but if you don’t have a partner they will pair you up with someone. The instructor showed us how to jab and cross. It took a lot more coordination than I expected. The bell rang and my partner and I took turns punching until the buzzer went off. The instructor came around to check our form and give us some pointers. Once I had the form down, I could really feel my abs working. It took some time, but I started to see how boxers get that chiseled body we all drool over.
The instructor continued teaching us different combinations of kicks and punches. I felt strong when using my right side to kick. When I went to kick with my left foot, I remembered my high school volleyball coach’s favorite motivational line, “My granny can kick better than that and she doesn’t have legs.” I would have to go back several times to get better than granny.
When I thought class was over, we still had partner work. We stood across from each other and punched each other’s gloves. Then we did sit-ups and gave each other high-fives at the top. People were dropping all around us, but we stuck to it.
I Love Kickboxing was a strenuous workout, but learning to box properly was really fun. I love to challenge my body and see what it can do and this was definitely a challenge!
- Challenge your body to learn something new
- High energy instructors
- Burn hundreds of calories
- Hashtags for free water
- Facility is clean and includes lockers
- Free gloves if you sign up now
- Learn to punch and kick for self-defense
- Healthy anger management
- Men & Women – great couples workout
- Class camaraderie makes you want to go back
- Class times offered are limited. They did say classes will be added in about a month.
- What they call a warm-up is what most would call boot camp
- No childcare
- Sweaty hands – I recommend buying hand wraps for under your gloves.
Sign up for their special deal of 3 classes & free gloves for $10 with promo code PRESIDENT at http://www.ilovekickboxing.com.
Check their FB page for other offers. www.facebook.com/ILKBFriscoTX/
They are also on Groupon right now! Plenty of ways to save. 🙂