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A safe space to workout
Active Zone, which offers non-combative kickboxing fitness and weight training, started out in 2008 as part of Active Red, a mixed-gender venue.
It rebranded itself as an all-female facility in 2013 as more women were then taking up the sport, and it relocated from the Orchard Road area to Beach Road in 2019, says co-founder Valencia Yip. The 33-year-old represented Singapore at several kickboxing competitions in 2023.
Active Zone is also the Singapore representative for the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations.
Although the pandemic has eroded some of its female client base, which now stands at about 80, it has seen more Muslim women take up the sport in the last two years, notes Ms Yip. Active Zone also offers kickboxing for children.
She says its all-white training space is less intimidating than other kickboxing venues, which usually have black as a dominant colour. Female clients also appreciate that there is no lingering smell of stale sweat, unlike in some other centres.
From losing weight to feeling strong
Women who frequent these all-female gyms and fitness venues say their goals have changed as their bodies transformed.
Ms Sabeera initially enrolled at Active Zone to lose weight, but realised over the last four years that “it’s not about the number on the weighing scale, but rather the strength that you build over time”.
“So my mindset has been more focused on improving my stamina. For instance, how many kicks can I do in a minute or how quickly or how well can I punch on a punching bag or with a partner. It’s really about becoming stronger as an individual,” she adds.
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In today's modern context, when the word "kickboxing" comes to mind, our mind naturally thinks of: boxing ring, blood, danger. However, that's not the case as another aspect of kickboxing offers belt grading, discipline and respect (think of chinese kung fu movies where practitioners practice gracefully on mountain tops).
1. Belt Grading
Much like Taekwondo has a belt grading system, so does Kickboxing. Our Kickboxing belt system is recognised by WAKO and consists of 11 levels before you attain your black belt. Kickboxing is one of the few modern combat sports that offers a belt grading system, compared to Boxing, MMA or Muay Thai which does not. While each sport has its unique strengths, it's important you choose one that is aligned with your interests. A kickboxing belt system can help your child to increase adherence to the sport for a longer time, as every 4 to 8 months, they get graded for their next level.
By staying committed for a longer period of time, your child is sure to improve and progress!
2. To Fight, or not to Fight?
In Kickboxing, only kids aged 15 and older may start competing in the ring. From the age of 7 and up, they have the option of competing on the Tatami (think red and blue jigsaw puzzle mats like Taekwondo and Karate).
While these competition avenues are available to children, it is important to note that approximately 8 out of 10 kids will NOT compete. Not competing doesn't mean you don't reap the full benefits the sport has to offer. It just means that your child will not compete, period.
Your child can still continue training on a weekly basis, and still attain the prized black belt. Most kids enjoy the sport, the punching and the kicking but don't enjoy fighting, and that's ok!
3. Discipline and Respect
Teaching methodology today has evolved greatly. What was once accepted 'corporal punishment' in the 1980s constitutes as 'child abuse' today. The way martial arts are taught today has evolved a great deal too. Majority of martial arts teaching focuses on discipline and respect. Respect the Coach/Master, respect the Dojo/Studio, Respect your Peers/Classmates. Discipline will be inculcated in your child as they undergo training and perform countless kicks in pursuit of perfection. Such discipline will only be taught through lived experiences.
With Kickboxing, your child will not only be physically stronger, but characteristically stronger. These will be the essential soft skills which are crucial for your child's tomorrow.
Where Can I Learn Kickboxing?
Want to try Kickboxing, but don’t know where to go? Come and join us at Active Zone. We are a female-only gym that provides kickboxing based and gym based classes to all ladies at any fitness level. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today for some action and lots of fun! Follow us on our social media pages for more information on the classes we have.
In recent years, the fitness industry has witnessed a surge in women seeking empowering and effective workout experiences.
One trend that has gained considerable popularity is female-friendly kickboxing classes, and Active Zone stands out as an exemplary destination for women looking to embark on this invigorating journey.
2. Inclusive Atmosphere:Creating a welcoming atmosphere is paramount at Active Zone. Our female-friendly kickboxing classes foster a sense of inclusivity and camaraderie among participants. This inclusive environment encourages women from all walks of life to join, fostering a community where mutual support and motivation thrive.
3. Customized Workouts:Recognizing the unique fitness needs of women, Active Zone's kickboxing classes incorporate customized workouts designed to address specific fitness goals. From improving cardiovascular health to enhancing strength and agility, our classes are structured to deliver comprehensive benefits tailored to the female physique.
Join us at Active Zone and embark on a journey of strength, empowerment, and camaraderie through our exceptional female-friendly kickboxing classes.
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Where Can I Learn to Lift Weights, Gym or Kickboxing?
Want to try Weight Training or Kickboxing, but don’t know where to go?
Come and join us at Active Zone.
We are a female-friendly gym that provides kickboxing based and gym based classes to all ladies at any fitness level. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today for some action and lots of fun! Follow us on our social media pages for more information on the classes we have.
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