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Boxing and kickboxing are forms of martial arts that offer a challenging workout while combining elements of strength training and cardio. Within the STRIKE collection at Life Time, members can take a series of classes to reap physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

“Whether you’re looking to work out some stress or you just want a high-intensity exercise session, the hard-hitting punches and kicks you’ll perform in a STRIKE class might be just what you need,” says Christine Chapman (, STRIKE instructor and studio leader at Life Time in Edina, Minn. “These classes are high energy, challenging, and fun. You’ll bring out your inner fighter!”

What’s the Difference Between Boxing and Kickboxing?

While both boxing and kickboxing are rooted in martial arts and have similar names, there are key differences between the practices. Boxing involves upper-body moves — there are no kicks or knee movements. Kickboxing features a wider range of martial arts moves, including kicks and knee strikes. Note: There is no contact in any of the STRIKE classes.

If you’re looking to add boxing or kickboxing to your routine, we’re breaking down the three Life Time classes to help you decide which one best fits your goals and preferences.

Experience intense cardio conditioning with a mix of boxing and kickboxing.

What to expect: Jab, cross, hook, uppercut, and STRIKE during this epic workout. Inspired by stick-fighting, you’ll use a weighted bar and boxing bells for an intense, high-energy cardio workout.

Equipment: Boxing bells, weighted bar

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

STRIKE Kickboxing
Combine traditional kickboxing moves with fast-paced cardio drills.

What to expect: This workout is filled with a heart-pounding combination of kickboxing moves and athletic cardio drills. Using your bodyweight, you’ll punch, kick, jab, cross, and hook along to high-energy music.

Equipment: Optional boxing bells

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

STRIKE Boxing and Conditioning
Train and condition like professional boxers in a noncontact workout.

What to expect: Your instructor will guide you through a dynamic workout of shadowboxing drills, weighted exercises, and jump rope challenges. This is perfect class to increase calorie burn while building confidence, stamina, and strength.

Equipment: Dumbbells, jump rope, boxing bells, bench with risers

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

Explore all the boxing and kickboxing class options at your club — as well as the schedule for live stream classes — on the Life Time app.

Emily Ewen

Emily Ewen is a senior writer and content editor at Life Time.

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