The lovely ladies at Femme Fitale asked me to come in and check out a month’s worth of classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and give them an honest review. I was delighted to do this and felt honoured that they asked me to join their lovely ladies in some kick-butt kickboxing classes.
I have taken boxing classes before that mainly focused on sparring, overall conditioning and punching combos, but I have never had kickboxing integrated in there. It was nice to be able to add that extra element to the experience.
Being familiar with boxing I was a little worried that the combos would be too simplistic or that the classes might not be as challenging as I needed them to be to whip my butt back into shape after taking it easy for a month-ish 😉 However, I was pleasantly surprised that we jumped right into things day one. I was impressed with the different combos of kicking and sparring drills that we were asked to do, and I could tell from the reactions around me that the other girls felt the same way.
Week 1: I admit that I was a little intimidated going into the first class because I didn’t know anyone, but as soon as I arrived I felt welcomed by the other fellow Femme ladies.
I was lucky enough to have Sammie Kennedy, the creator and CEO of Femme Fitale, as my instructor. When you first meet Sammie you realize she is a super sweetheart, but you soon learn that not far below the surface is a drill sergeant that you learn to also love! She is nice, but she is also not afraid to kick your butt if you are slacking – ultimately she wants you to get the most out of your workouts, and her classes never fall short of that.
The class began with a cardio circuit warm-up, followed by some simple combos, which allowed everyone to have some time to gain confidence in their boxing stances, and positioning. The second class of week one, Sammie knew that we were more comfortable with the combos, so she increased the pace of the class and she warned us that there was no going back! We most definitely believed her and by Friday I could still feel that burn in my muscles that I knew had come from Wednesdays class.
We were given a DVD when we started the class (along with some awesome hand-wraps, and weekly email challenges) with extra at home workouts on it that we were encouraged to do on the weekends, in between classes. This was a great bonus and is something that you can most definitely use to your benefit.
Week 2: Upping the ante once again with jump rope, suicide running drills, and burpees in between tricky combos sets that included both kicking and sparring drills, I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was doing and how much farther I was able to push myself after just a week and a half of these classes.
Week 3: Running drills and suicides are always a fan favourite *groan*… (okay, I’m learning to love them, almost as much as burpees;)) Burn-out rounds were added to this week, which I was quite impressed with. Burn-out round consists of a number of different combos that you do for a minute each. Sammie gives you the 4-5 different combos at the beginning and you don’t stop in between the rounds at all. You spend each minute really isolating different muscles until you pretty much feel like jello (in a good way!)
Week 4: I was only able to make Monday of this week and unfortunately I have to miss Wednesday. The great thing about this is that Femme has a great policy that allows me to take a make-up class to replace missed classes.
During tonight’s class my partner Sarah commented that she hadn’t seen me sweat as much as I did tonight and she was proud of me for working so hard. Being with a partner for four-weeks you get to know their strengths and weaknesses. You get to help them perfect their skills and encourage them when they want to quit. In a sense you get to work out, and also coach at the same time, which is a great experience in itself. At the end of the day it is awesome watching your partner get stronger and improve, and knowing that you too are doing the same.
I won’t tell you every single thing that we did in the classes, because I think you really truly should find out for yourself. I’ve merely given you a snapshot.
Overall, I enjoyed these classes. Although I seemingly went through the 4 weeks of my experiences in these classes, I can guarantee that your experience with the classes will be different. None of the classes are ever the same, and this is a great thing.
When you come to class, you are able to catch up with the ladies that you just met, but feel like you’ve known for a really long time. You each have a few things in common. You’re all there to workout and become stronger, but you also hear the encouragement of each other’s partners as the times get longer and the drills get harder, and you kind of just smile because you know that your turn is next. You all have beads of sweat rolling down your brow, and your partners yelling words of encouragement and slapping the pads together, as you scramble to catch your breath. You don’t know what the next combo is going to be, or if you’re going to love it or hate it, but that is part of the fun. You are challenged beyond thresholds that you didn’t know you’d ever cross. This workout is a great one. In the end, you get out of it, what you put in.
And so, I signed myself up for February classes. Bring it on!
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a free month at Femme Fitale for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*