How to Prepare for Your First Kickboxing Class

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Welcome to the day before your first kickboxing class at I Love Kickboxing Loganville! We are excited that you found us, and we hope that you find the kickboxing passion that we love to share with the community. Fitness kickboxing in Loganville guarantees fantastic results, and it makes exercising more fun. As you are getting closer to starting your first kickboxing class, here are some tips that will help you make the best out of the first day!

How to Prepare for Your First Kickboxing Class

Rest

Get plenty of sleep the night before, you’ll need the energy.

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Eat

Here, at ILKB we burn anywhere between 700-800 calories per 1-hour class. The worst thing you can do is to come in on an empty stomach. Your body needs to be fueled and energized for an intense workout. The ideal time to eat is about 2 hours before class. If you eat too close to working out, you may feel nauseated. Also, avoid overly salty and fatty foods which can cause you to feel tired and sluggish.

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Drink

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Limit water intake an hour before class to avoid cramps.

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Wear

Tight-fitting clothing is recommended for modesty. You don’t want to accidentally flash your new iLoveKickboxing family!

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Bring Your Best

  1. If you purchased an online special, bring your confirmation receipt.
  2. A bottle of water
  3. A small towel or rag (optional)
  4. A form of payment (because you’ll love the class and will want to sign up right away!)
  5. Tenacity (be ready to work!)

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Arrive Early

Come early to meet the instructor so they can get some information from you on what your fitness goals are, give you your gloves, meet other students and for further instruction.

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Your first kickboxing class at I Love Kickboxing Loganville could be your best first day ever. Come in prepared like a warrior in training, and we will guide you through the rest!

See you on the mat.

 

Keep fighting,

 

Idaliz Seymour

ILKB Instructor

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The Kickboxers’ Anthem

Here’s to you…

To the sleepy-eyed warriors who make the studio their first destination.

To the mothers, fathers, nurses and up-all-nighters who have a thousand places they’d rather be, but come anyway. Here’s to driving by Chick-Fil-A without making the turn, one more time. Here’s to pushing past excuses and towards yourself. For holding your abs when you sneeze because they hurt so good. Because that pain is your prize. For conquering your body and your mind yet again. For whooping your own ass and loving every minute of it.  For unloading the day onto vinyl. For holding plank 10 seconds longer. For marking your territory with your sweat on the mat. Cause you’re a beast and everyone needs to know it. For ordering a salad when you’re dying for fries. For making the drive to the studio without turning around. Here’s to wearing dirty workout gear when laundry is full. For changing your “I can’ts” into I CAN’s. For eventually believing it. For munching on celery instead of chips. For tangled hand wraps and musty gloves. For bruised knuckles. For tasting your own sweat and wanting more. For feeling like Bruce Lee when your front kick was sick and you knocked the bag flat on its back. For sweaty high fives and those damn burpees. For missing the bag and hitting your nose. For treating yourself after a week of hard work. For not feeling guilty when you make a mistake. For remembering you’re human, not a robot. For burning legs and wobbly knees. For the grunts and the shouts as you push the old you out. For chipping your pedicure. For mastering that jumping roundhouse like a boss. For adding a push-up to your burpees just to prove you can. For tripping, for falling, for scrapes and sprains. For getting up, brushing it off and strapping on those gloves again. Because this bag isn’t going to beat itself.

Keep fighting,

Idaliz Seymour from I Love Kickboxing Loganville

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The Secret to Excelling at Cardio Kickboxing

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CARDIO.

To many, this word is met with groans and firm shakes of the head. Whether you’re biking, running, swimming, spinning, jumping rope or, of course, kickboxing, it can seem overwhelming and intimidating.

 

“I can’t do it.”

 

This part of the workout is where we kickboxing instructors at I Love Kickboxing Loganville hear these words many times.

10 seconds into the round, your body is warming up.

20 seconds in, your heart rate is gaining momentum.

30 seconds in, your heart feels that it’s at its maximum speed and you’re gasping for air.

 

We’ve all been there.

 

Here’s the secret to excelling at cardio kickboxing (or any cardio workout):

 

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Control your breathing.

—It’s that simple.

Here’s the basic idea:

Each thrust of energy should be in combination with either an inhale or an exhale.

Many people unintentionally hold their breath during grueling combinations. This technique not only tires them out quickly, but they become unnecessarily overexerted. The key is to slow your breathing to a controlled pace in order to keep your heart rate slowed. Athletes aren’t born with equestrian lungs,  but they have over time mastered the art of breathing.

Practice breathing from your gut, which allows deeper breaths, rather than from your chest. To figure out which breathing technique you’re doing, do about 10 minutes of cardio. When you’re finished, assess how your breathing moves your body: 1) Breathing heavily through your chest moves your shoulders up and down, or 2)  Breathing heavily from your diaphragm or “gut” moves your abdomen in and out, which is what you want. The greater the oxygen intake, the greater oxygenation reaches the worked muscles, resulting in fueling them to work faster, harder, and longer.

Let’s use the first combination as an example on how to practice breathing from your gut: Jab, Cross

If you’re working on technique or strength (slower movements)

Jab: breathe out

Cross: breathe out

or

Jab: breathe in

Jab: breathe in

If you’re working on speed (faster movements)

Jab: breathe in

Cross: breathe out

1. Breathe in Patterns

As combinations progress to more intricate combinations, maintain control over breathing and remember each kick, punch, elbow, or knee should be accompanied by either an inhale or exhale, depending on what your body needs at that moment.

2. Practice

If you’re new to this breathing technique, it may feel difficult and foreign at first. It may even feel like you’re not getting enough oxygen. STICK WITH IT. After a couple of weeks, your body will automatically respond to cardio with this breathing technique and it will feel completely natural.

3. Keep Going

Now that you’ve trained and strengthened your lungs, something you once thought was tough, you can go test your body to see what else it can do. Your body can always do much more than you think; test it, push it.

 

Keep fighting,

Idaliz Seymour

Kickboxing Loganville – 6 Easy Steps to Keep Your Gloves Clean

WRITTEN BY INSTRUCTOR IDALIZ SEYMOUR

Keep Your Gloves Clean in 6 Easy Steps:

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Kickboxing gloves add flare to your workout, but they can also get nasty without proper care. If you often cringe at the thought of festering bacteria building a warm, moist resort-sized home in your gloves, then fear no more! I have the perfect solution to help keep your gloves clean and odor-free.gloves2

  1. Mix a solution of equal parts water, baking soda and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution inside and outside of your gloves. The combination will safely (and naturally) kill existing bacteria as well as absorb moisture and odors.
  2. Thoroughly dry the inside of the gloves with a clean rag or paper towel.
  3. Don’t forget to dry the outside!
  4. Lightly coat the inside of the gloves with a disinfecting spray such as, Lysol. Allow to dry.
  5. If there are any lingering odors, use an odor eliminator such as Febreze.
  6. Leave velcro straps open and allow them to dry completely in a well-ventilated area.

More Glove Care Tips:

  • Use Glove Dogs between washes to absorb moisture. See your instructor to get yours!gloves3
  • Allow gloves to completely dry after every use. This procedure will help prevent mold and nasty odors.
  • Do not leave them  out in the sun. This can cause the material on the outside of the gloves to crack.
  • Between washes, you can leave a dryer sheet inside each glove to mask odors.

See you in class!

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Loganville, visit here for kickboxing and martial art classes.

Did You Know? – Kickboxing Etiquette on the Mat!

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Written by: ILKB Loganville Instructor Idaliz

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Hey there, Kickboxers!  I wanted to go over a few quick reminders on mat etiquette while at the I Love Kickboxing Loganville studio.

  1. No shoes on the mat. Here’s why. First, there are millions and billions of bacteria we carry around on the bottoms of our shoes, and we don’t need to spread it onto our meticulously cleaned mat. Second, at ILKB, we do a lot of jogging, jumping, and moving. Wearing no shoes allows us to avoid possible injuries from being stepped on by size 14 shoes or tripping over untied shoelaces.
  1. No clutter. The only personal items allowed on the mat are gloves, a water bottle, and a small towel or rag. Line up your gloves flat against the wall so that no one trips over them. Cell phones, car keys, shoes, purses, etc. should all be kept in the cubbies by the front door and  safely out of the way.
  1. Be on time. If you need to use the restroom, wrap your hands, or put your hair up, then make sure to allot plenty of time to do so before the start of class.
  1. No bash talk. We do not allow any sort of self-defeating talk on the mat. Not only is it contagious to other students, but it’s counter-productive to our environment. We want to uplift, motivate, and inspire one another —especially on the mat!
  1. Introduce yourself to newbies. It can be intimidating coming to an ILKB studio where you don’t know anyone. Go out of your way to introduce yourself to newbies and make them feel comfortable. We’re a family, afterall!

Mastering these five mat etiquette guidelines will ensure a fun, safe and awesome workout! See you in class!

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Loganville, visit here.

Loganville Kickboxing – Stay Committed to Your 2015 Goals!

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Think back to the times of your achievements. The best part of these moments is that they can range from any size: rising early enough to eat breakfast before work every day, filling up the car tank early morning, earning all A’s for one term, running a 5K, losing weight — the list could be longer! But regardless of the size of these successes, they all have one element in common: commitment.

Your 2015 resolutions may have started with inspiration and motivation, but now commitment needs to step in. By possessing this asset, good will happen. It will also bring in other factors to help achieve goals such as loyalty, self-discipline, and self-respect. There will be obstacles, and there will probably be sweat. But keep in mind that the tougher the challenge, the better you will be.

It is still only the second month of 2015, and you pursuing a resolutions goal may already be trialing. You might be tired and discouraged right now, but do not quit now. Take a day or two of a break, complain more to relieve frustration, or anything else. But DO NOT let yourself fold over.

Be consistent, work hard, sweat lots, overcome obstacles, and beam at all the rewards that will come at the end.

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Loganville, visit here.

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Loganville Kickboxing – You Can Change Your Mood!

lkb5Depression. Anxiety. Tired. Jealousy. Loathing. Hatred. Stressed.

How many times have you been stopped by your emotions?

Similar to how scratching a rash makes it worse, wallowing in these emotions harm individuals. We have all been there, letting our emotions get the best of us. Sometimes they get so bad that they suck all the energy out of your body. But as much as it sucks to be told that “happiness is an inside job,” it’s true. Especially on a day when you’re feeling negative, a positive quote like this might make you wince or want to punch a wall. The quote sounds too simple, but the same mind can also produce happiness in addition to the negative ones.

Although emotions are vulnerable to outside sources,—money, people, jobs, hobbies—they can be controlled. It takes practice and hard work to not cave into the negative emotions, but the right kind of influence makes it easier: find a new job, change who you hang out with, and/or attempt something new. Whatever it is that’s holding you back from being happy, you might find the reason when trying to improve your life. By simply making a goal and finding inspiration to fuel motivation, you will be able to treat whatever is going on inside your head.

Our studios help people.

I Love Kickboxing is here to help people blow off steam and increase their self-esteem. With a boost in confidence from reaching fitness goals,—and people will break a sweat while doing it!—they see what they are capable of. And to us, when we see that, it confirms even more how accessible, affordable, and fun fitness can change lives!

For more information on I Love Kickboxing, visit here.

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Loganville Kickboxing Instructors – How Can We Help?

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When you’re in the midst of deciding to pick back up with exercise, remember to also be kind to yourself. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves for errors that we consider responsible for. At some point in life, we have all heard that we’re responsible for our actions. As much as this is true, the fitness battle is better when you can surround yourselves with positive guidance.

At I Love Kickboxing Loganville, us instructors are here for you every step of the way. The fitness journey is tough, but we make it a living to help people reach their goals. We know the struggle because we are just like you! We have all struggled with weight loss and other health challenges, and we are able to help others with similar struggles. And believe it or not, we are always striving for other fitness goals. We are here to guide for your benefit!

Please don’t hesitate to approach us with questions and concerns.

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Loganville, visit here.

Loganville Kickboxing – We’re Here for All Fitness Struggles!

lkb4I Love Kickboxing is looking forward to a new year of being a part of your transformation! For whatever happened last year, let’s make this year the best ever experienced. And for any fitness challenge, we are here for support and coaching!

“To become fit” challenges everything about a person. Not only does an individual train physically, but mentally as well. In fact, what a person thinks can affect what s/he does next. For all those days of tempting to skip work out time or caving into old eating habits, a person also develops mental toughness for every negative thought overcome.

When struggling to go to the gym or a kickboxing class, it is great to try to counteract with positive thinking; however, it is even better when the reasons for the negative idea are solved. For example, detected reasons to wanting to skip exercise include feeling tired or stressed from school/work, having no ride, feeling cozy, having muscle soreness, and/or having no time. Whatever the excuse, they can feed into negative reasons of why someone would want to skip a work out day. It is not bad to skip a day here and there to give your body a break, but to cave in once tells the mind that it is fine to replicate.

Overcoming negative thoughts are not easy, and sometimes it takes every ounce to push self forward – but it will be worth it in the long run!

For any questions about I Love Kickboxing, visit here.

Written by: Christie McGowan

I Love Kickboxing Loganville – We’re Here to Help You!

lkbAs a kid, staying in shape was mindless because fun came from running around all the time. But as we grew older, life threw fast balls that changed our lives. Regardless of the changes, we eventually arrive to the point where exercising is mandatory to maintain health and to look good. This phase of life is a real struggle for all sorts of people, but finding fun exercise rids all negativity at play.

At I Love Kickboxing, an infinite number of individuals find kickboxing enjoyable. If it’s not from the blasting, upbeat music that drives the mood to take it out on a gigantic punching bag, then it must be from the awesome kickboxing community – from instructors to peers! In addition to these perks, others have found that including I Love Kickboxing as part of their lives has given them back their life, or a new found energy to take on a new one. I Love Kickboxing keeps off and sheds the unwanted weight, tones up the body, and only makes people look incredible!

You may have been fit in high school, but I Love Kickboxing can make you look and feel better than ever! Check out our kickboxing program here!