When I first met Ed he was teaching Muay Thai kickboxing alongside his day job in the hotel we both worked. When the new beginners course started up in the new year I roped my sister into going with me, and we both loved how fit it got us in a reasonably short amount of time. I wrote about my experiences at the time.
Lately I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish about my body. Despite doing a variety of exercise DVDs, I haven’t yet seen a real difference, and I feel quite self conscious about my body as a result. I’ve been thinking about getting back into kickboxing, but I just don’t have the time to commit to classes now we have three kids. When I mentioned it to Ed, he said he would happily train with me so I’ve taken him up on the offer.
The brilliant thing about kickboxing is that it’s a tough workout without feeling like it at the time. You are so focussed on the steps and the different techniques that you don’t really notice how much it’s working until afterwards when your muscles burn from the exertion! It’s a whole body workout which really helps you to tone up and feel fitter fast!
The other thing I love about the sport is that you can let out all your frustration on the pads (just try not to let it out on your partner, especially if you’re training with the person who maybe is the cause of your frustration having not put their shoes on the rack for the fifth time in a row). I can go into it feeling pent up rage and finish feeling like a weight has lifted.
If you are considering trying a different form of exercise I would definitely recommend Muay Thai boxing. If you are local and would rather train in a class, the MKG group are brilliant and have classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7.30-8.30pm at St Aldhams Academy.