STORIES BY KAITLYNE PIPER

Kicking Up Fitness

Published: Oct. 16, 2020

iLoveKickboxing is different from other types of workouts and is better than most diets.

The instructors are welcoming and work with you to understand your workout goals. Even if you have no idea where to start, the instructors help you learn the right way. 

The studio is equipped with everything you may need, from gloves, wraps and shirts. 

Each class is different from the last, so the workout never gets boring. The studio pushes you to invest in yourself and helps you realize that you can accomplish your goals.

iLoveKickBoxing gear. Photo by Kaitlyne Piper.

“How we try to encourage everyone is by first building a relationship with you. We want you to feel comfortable when you’re on the mat, so you’re going to trust us when we’re trying to help you,” said Dante Cora, an iLoveKickboxing instructor.

These workouts are customizable to each person, whether it be a beginner, an athlete and or someone in between. The best part is you can work at your own pace. No matter your gender, there are classes available.

To start your journey, you can take one class or multiple classes a week. The studio is open seven days a week and there is a monthly membership available. If you sign up for the membership, you can receive access to unlimited classes and even a free pair of boxing gloves. 

During the month of October, iLoveKickboxing likes to give out pink gloves in support of breast cancer awareness month.

No matter what part of your workout journey you are in, they will support you every step of the way. As soon as you enter, there is a wall of success stories from local men and women in Jacksonville. The instructors have even more stories to tell, and some members have no trouble telling you their own. So, if you are feeling hesitant about joining, you have plenty of life changing stories to persuade you.

iLoveKickBoxing mat area. Photo by Kaitlyne Piper.

The workout starts with a warmup. This includes running around the mat, jumping jacks and burpees to get your blood flowing. 

Then, the workout moves into bag work. This is where the gloves come in. The instructors create exercises that work out the entire body. You can expect to be sore all over, especially in the arms and legs. 

To create a sense of community and motivation, the class ends with partner drills. This is where one encourages the other to push themselves to show off what they have learned.

iLoveKickboxing uses heart rate monitoring technology during the class to help you figure out where you want to be during your workout. A summary of your workout is emailed to you after each class. The email shows things like your heart rate throughout the workout and calories burned.

This is not like other fitness journeys – you will want to keep coming back for more. This studio has helped change the lives of hardworking people in the Jacksonville community.