Hands up who ate/stuffed their mouth full of all the food this Christmas break? Yup, me too. That’s totally fine, because everyone knows new year’s resolutions don’t actually start until the first Monday in January. Wait, what day is it today? Oh shit.
Whether you typed out a detailed list, scribbled something down on a piece of scrap paper, made a mental note, or have been telling anyone who’ll listen that you “don’t do resolutions”, we all have things we’d like to achieve over the next calendar year. For most, ‘get fit’ or ‘lose weight’ is almost always right up there above ‘save money’, ‘drink less’ or quitting a vice… or four. I’m no different. I’ve basically been recycling the same new year’s resolutions list for half a decade, along with a shit-house attitude and lack of motivation. This year, it’s going to be different, cos #newyearnewme. My search for a new (or new to me), fun and encouraging approach to exercise led me to Kick N’ Box.
Part kickboxing warehouse, part your worst nightmare (in the best way possible), Kick N’ Box is a unique fitness studio for people of all ages and fitness levels, located just off Magill Road in Norwood. Combining the technical cardio workout of kickboxing with functional, full body training sessions, there’s no doubt Kick N’ Box will get you shredded. The proof is in the pudding; I think I lost weight just looking at some of the ripped bodies around me.
Their namesake class, Cardio Kick Boxing is not for the faint of heart. That said, I am reasonably unfit and managed to make it through the hour with only a few short breaks. Proven to strip fat, increase cardiovascular fitness and reduce stress, Cardio Kick Boxing will get your blood pumping. The best part about this workout is it can be tailored to suit any level of ability, from novice boxers to heavyweights.
During one of the few breaks I took to catch my breath — and try not to pass out — I got a good look at the other foundational Kick N’ Box class, Cross Core. Think battle ropes, skipping ropes, slam balls and kettle bells. The perfect counterpart to Cardio Kick Boxing, this class will increase your muscle tone, core strength and flexibility.
At the heart of the Kick N’ Box fitness studio are their core values: community feel, down to earth culture and functional movement. With an in-house massage therapist, chiropractor and qualified personal trainers, Kick N’ Box aims to differentiate themselves from pop up gyms and franchises. Their favourite quote? ‘You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.’ Well thank god for that, because after my first session it’s obvious I’m no kickboxing champ... but I will be.