Do You Have A Kickboxing or Boxing Question?

We've provided you a general list of kickboxing and boxing related questions and answers based on inquiries that have come to us over the years. If there is a question that you have that isn't listed here, but you'd like to get an answer to it...CLICK HERE.


  • I'm totally out of shape! Won't it be impossible to participate in classes?
  • I'm not very co-ordinated. Can I still do Kickboxing or Boxing?
  • Am I too old to start kickboxing or boxing?
  • Do I have to fight to participate in one of your classes?
  • What should I wear if I'm going to do kickboxing?
  • What should I wear if I'm doing boxing?
  • What equipment do I need when I start boxing or kickboxing?
  • How long does it take before I can spar or fight?
  • I'm totally out of shape! Won't it be impossible to participate in classes?

    This is one of the most popular questions that we ever get. There's two very simple points to answer this question:

    1) Since the pace of our classes are set by the individual doing the class, its very easy for anyone of any fitness level to come in and participate. 

    2) Since kickboxing and boxing are one of the best ways of getting into shape...it doesn't  make sense to not take advantage of what it has to offer. It will only help you acheive your fitness goals faster.

    Bottom line...the only way to truly know is to come in and give it a shot, but if you're still not convinced, then click here to read an article written by one of members who used kickboxing & boxing to get back into shape.

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    I'm not very co-ordinated. Can I still do Kickboxing or Boxing?

    Almost everyone that starts either Kickboxing or Boxing feels that they are uncoordinated. The fact of the matter that anyone beginner anything that is new tends to be slightly uncoordinated. This is natural because the actions that you need to perform have not been properly programmed into you brain and neuro system.

    The only way to improve coordination is to work the motor skills that promote it. For the most part the moves in both kickboxing and boxing are basic and are easily and quickly learnt. At Nomad, we develop the basic foundation first. We want to get really good at performing the basics before we move and tackle speed and power.

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    Am I too old to start kickboxing or boxing?

    Since both sports are individual sports, there is no reason why you can't experience the benefits of boxing or kickboxing. The only real restrictions are the ones you place on yourself or the ones due to medical conditions. At Nomad Kickboxing & Boxing we've had people in there 60's come in and play...some of whom show up the 20 year olds consistently.

    When you start either sport, just make sure you take your time and don't try to become Mike Tyson in the first week. Take one day at a time and listen to your body. If you start slowly then you will gradually benefit from all that the sport can offer. Not to mention...be in the best shape of your life.

    The only way to truly know is to take the plunge and try it out. That's why we offer everyone a 3 visit pass to make sure its for them.

    One of our older members wrote a great article that might answer this question better than I can...click here to read about someone who thought they might be over the hill.

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    Do I have to fight to participate in one of your classes?

    Absolutely not! In fact, you'll find that 95% of Nomad members don't ever plan on fighting. They are simply taking advantage of the fitness benefits that kickboxing & boxing has to offer. Our class schedule clearly defines which classes are for sparring (fighting) and which ones are not.

    Since 95% of the members do not want to fight...95% of the schedule is for non-fighters.

    Our coaching staff arranges other non-scheduled training times and sessions for fighters.

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    What should I wear if I'm going to do kickboxing?

    All you really need is a comfortable t-shirt and some sweat pants to begin. You can also wear shorts, but keep in mind that you'll be doing kicking so don't wear shorts that are too short. Short shorts will restrict your kicking ability and probably reveal things that you don't want revealed. As far as shoes go...flat soled shoes are preferable, but any type of runnning shoe will do.

    Eventually you can invest in kickboxing or training pants that are light weight and non-restrictive, as well as kickboxing shoes that are split soled for better pivoting when kicking.

    Last point...bring a water bottle. Always bring water!

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    What should I wear if I'm doing boxing?

    All you really need is a comfortable t-shirt and some sweat pants or shorts.  As far as shoes go...flat soled shoes are preferable, but any type of runnning shoe will do.

    Eventually you can invest in boxing shorts that are light weight and non-restrictive, as well as boxing shoes that will give you a better connection to the ground to promote better footwork and aid in the delivery of power.

    Last point...bring a water bottle. Always bring water!

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    What equipment do I need when I start boxing or kickboxing?

    Generally speaking you don't need any equipment when you first start. Most clubs should have some beginner or community gloves on hand for you to try the sport out first. If gloves aren't provided, and you're expected to buy them right off the bat...walk out and go somewhere else. You've just entered a school that is only interested in your wallet and how much it carries.

    If you try kickboxing or boxing, and you love it..then its time to make the investment. My recommendation for boxers is to get yourself some wrist wraps, skipping rope, and some bag or training gloves to begin. For the kickboxers you can get everything that the boxers get, but you should also get shinguards and footpads.

    Only invest in a headguard when you're ready to start sparring or competing.

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    How long does it take before I can spar or fight?

    At Nomad we don't let people just come in off the street and spar or fight. This might be acceptable in other gyms, but it violates our safety standards.

    Depending on your level of experience it can take as long as 3 to 6 months before you're ready to spar. Our students are required to take a beginner sparring workshop in order to spar on a regular basis. If the student performs well during the workshop then they are invited to spar during any of our sparring or fighting classes. You can't participate in sparring classes until you've done at least one workshop. Ultimately we don't let anyone who isn't 100% comfortable with sparring join in on the sparring classes until they are ready.

    That being said...if you come to Nomad with a lot of previous experience, then all we would ask is that you do a few classes first and participate in one of our sparring workshops to prove to us that you can spar with control. If you can handle that you'll be able to start sparring within days to weeks of being a member.

    As far as competition goes, that decision is reserved for our coaching staff. Typically speaking it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year before we let anyone compete for Nomad Kickboxing or Boxing.

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