The first day trying something new can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done anything similar before. Being prepared can make a big difference in feeling comfortable and having a good experience.
Here are six tips to help you prepare for your first day of training!
1. Start hydrating throughout the day.
This is a safe bet for any type of physical activity, especially something that is new or rigorous. You’re going to sweat, so you need to prepare your body to replenish the extra water you’ll be expelling.
2. Eat a light meal, and nothing heavy 2 hours before.
Meaning don’t eat tacos and drink soda at 5:00pm, if you’re going to try a 6:30pm class! This also means don’t starve yourself the whole day either. As an example, if you’re going to try an evening class, eat a well-balanced breakfast, a light lunch, and have a healthy, carb-rich snack at least 2 hours before class to help you sustain your energy.
3. Wear the right gear.
Just like if you were going to attend a yoga class, you should be mindful of the clothing you wear. You’ll want to wear normal workout clothing that is not too restrictive. Also dress for the weather, i.e., don’t wear long sleeve fleece in the summer, but do layer up in the winter. Layering is the safest bet so that you can adjust accordingly.
4. Ensure you’re attending the right class.
If you do not have any previous training experience, you’ll want to check to make sure you’re attending a beginner friendly class. For example at Austin Kickboxing Academy, we offer a Kickboxing Fundamentals class where we divide the class by skill level with a dedicated instructor and take beginners through their basics from the ground up.
5. Arrive early.
Arriving early will help you acclimate to the new environment and take away any stress of arriving late. It’s common practice to sign a waiver, but you may also meet the instructor, tour the facility, or have your hands wrapped. We offer a free orientation for those trying our Kickboxing classes, so we ask that you arrive 20 minutes before the class begins. Also make sure to anticipate traffic and leave early if you’re traveling during rush hour, or if you’re unfamiliar with the area.
6. Enjoy the experience!
Now that you’ve made the step to give Kickboxing a try, have fun and enjoy feeling like a badass!
Ultimately we want your experience to be the best it can be, so being prepared plays a big role in having an enjoyable training experience. Be prepared to work hard, push yourself, meet new people, and enjoy those post-training endorphins!