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How to Set Up a Home Kickboxing Gym

author image Dom Tsui
Dom Tsui has been writing professionally since 2000. He wrote for the award-winning magazine, "Pi," and his articles about health and fitness, style and confidence appear on various websites. Tsui works as a lifestyle and confidence consultant and kickboxing instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from University College in London.
How to Set Up a Home Kickboxing Gym
A home kickboxing gym can have as much or as little equipment as you want. Photo Credit: OlegPhotoR/iStock/Getty Images

Kickboxing is a popular hobby as well as an excellent way to lose weight and stay in shape. However, some people find it difficult to find the time or motivation to get to the gym. Having kickboxing facilities in your own home can make it easier for you to fit in extra workouts. If you are a dedicated kickboxer, it can also help to have your own space available for extra workouts to hone your technique and your fitness.

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Step 1

Clear an area for your home kickboxing gym, preferably one that covers the space you plan to use while also incorporating a buffer zone between your training space and whatever surrounds it. This can be in your garage, in a spare room, or in a shed or other area. Wherever you choose to have your area, remember to keep a sufficient space clear of obstacles.

Step 2

Lay down foam matting if necessary. While you can train on carpet, wood floor or concrete, this can be less than ideal as the flooring will be very different from what you will normally train or compete on. Hard flooring can damage your joints and can also hurt if you fall. Foam mats tend to be cheaper than alternatives like judo mats, and also have more grip and are better at absorbing sweat.

Step 3

Set up any equipment that you have available or want to use. If you are planning on training mainly with a partner, then sparring equipment and focus mitts or pads to kick while your partner holds them will be sufficient. If you are likely to be training on your own, you will be better off getting a heavy bag, speed bag or double-end bag. Although you can hang bags in a number of ways, attaching them to a ceiling beam is a sturdy solution. Another option is to buy a heavy stand to support the bag.

Step 4

Add extra equipment as you acquire it. A variety of punching bags can help, such as Thai style floor length banana bags for low kick practice, or floor to ceiling bags or speed balls to develop speed, timing and accuracy. Other equipment such as weight lifting equipment or chin-up bars can also be used.

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