10 Kickboxing Essentials: Coming from a First Timer

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1-2  minutes


“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Technique from the get go is key to performance down the line.” Maxwell Fayans

Today was my first time attending a kickboxing class. I found Church St. kickboxing on ClassPass and figured I would give it a try. It was a great experience. I learned self defense technique, put on some gloves and worked on some sequences. It is all about technique rather than how hard you hit.  Here are the top 10 things I learned coming from a first timer. One of my goals for 2017 is to learn kickboxing and start going once a week.

  • Stance: I’m a righty so left foot forward and back foot should be more on the toes than your heel
  • Stance: Your back foot toes should be even with the heel of the front foot. You don’t want to be too wide or too narrow
  • Left Hand is the Jab hand.
  • Make a fist but keep your arms more on the loose side then the tense side.
  • Keep your elbows in and hands up at all times. Otherwise you can break a rib from a kick or get hit in the face.
  • When you jab, you step.
  • When you hook, you pivot the front foot.
  • When you kick, you open up the hip and hit with the shin.
  • Don’t lean too forward when you punch (this is something I need to work on). You want to be in balance. At the same time keep your chin down.
  • When you perform high knees or kicks: use your hips to drive forward.

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Tips To Stay Active At Work


“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” -Tim Ferriss

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

I’m going to talk about a sedentary versus active lifestyle and how you can be active while you’re at work. Something I use is the Move app (it’s free) and I set it to run while I’m at work. Every 60 minutes it will remind me to get up and move. You get a cool quote with the reminder too. Something I do every morning when I get into work is I’ll do some air squats, usually 25 at a time. I also do some stretching which I learned from Pavel Tsatsouline book Relax into Stretch. This will do yourself justice by moving a little bit more each day. By the end of the work day I try to do at least 75-100 air squats.

They say sitting is the new smoking. I have moved to a stand up desk. However, standing in one spot is the not key either. It’s moving around as much as possible all day. I always have a lacrosse ball at my desk and will use it to roll out my feet once a day while standing. This self-myofascial release is key to loosening those small muscles. It feels great. I was also referred to read the book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett which I just ordered. One thing that I enjoyed reading from Starrett online was how to properly stand. I agree that flexing your core at 20%, keeping your shoulders back and glutes tight, will give you better posture. I can’t stand all day so I do have a chair in my office that I will sit at here and there to give my legs a break. How do you maintain an active lifestyle at work?

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