Women’s kickboxing – a top exercise for toned legs and butt

Many women are turning to kickboxing to tone their legs and butt. It is not only amazing for strengthening the legs and butt muscles but it also is a great cardio exercise that will boost your weight loss like almost no other exercise. Check it out.

What is kickboxing?

Kickboxing was originally a Thai martial art that is commonly known as Muai Thai. It has been practiced in Thailand for many many generations and they are known as the masters of the art.

Kickboxing moved to America and the west probably with the popularization of martial arts which occurred with Bruce Lee, the Karate Kid, American Ninja and other martial art cult movies.
Kickboxing then exploded and changed and there are now hundreds of different off-shoot styles – some focusing on fighting, others focusing on exercise and cardio. Billy Blanks, for example, invented Tae Bo where you use the principles of Muay Thai and boxing to get an awesome weight loss workout.

The guy looks amazing.

So, with all this popularity and success it must be working right? Right.

Women and kickboxing

Women have only just started to get into kickboxing as the martial art has largely been seen as a male dominated arena. I have mentioned this before but many women in Australia and particularly in my city are getting into boxing and kickboxing. The classes are going mental; sometimes 40 – 80 women in a class with one instructor! They are loving it and for the first time it is the men who are feeling a little uneasy going to a fighting class.

Kickboxing to tone your legs and butt

I have been a martial artists for many years and I have always marveled at the ability of the art to transform a persons physical appearance. I see a newcomer arrive for his or her first trial lesson all soft and a bit fat and usually unable to keep up with the class’ pace. But, within less than a month that same newcomer is looking different. They are much harder, leaner and their muscles look more toned and generally more fit.

The other thing I notice about people who do a lot of martial arts is that they glow. It might be something to do with the fact that martial arts have a big focus on internal energies, but people always end up looking healthy and vibrant.

However, the main benefit and the reason you are all reading this post is that kickboxing is amazing for toning your legs and butt. Kickboxing is mainly focussed on striking with the legs; kneeing, kicking, jumping and so on. This means that your legs are involved in all sorts of movements that they aren’t usually used to and this means that they respond quickly.

The main benefits of kickboxing are:

  • awesome fitness;
  • increased strength;
  • increased confidence through knowing self defense and working with people;
  • toned arms;
  • toned and firm legs;
  • toned and firm butt muscles;
  • faster weight loss;
  • explosive power;
  • better balance;

So, if you have been thinking about going to a kickboxing class but weren’t sure if it was all just hype – it isn’t. Go. At least try it. If you have been reading my blog for a while you might be doing a weekly group exercise session with your friends. A great idea for your first step is to book a weekend private class with five or six of your friends and get an introduction. This is a great way to ease into it all.

Questions? Ask us about kickboxing on our forum.

What to look for in a kickboxing class

There are a few things I should mention before you race out to a class. I have seen so so many rip off merchants in the martial arts industry – back yard losers who have learned their skills for Jackie Chan movies and don’t know a whole lot.

Here’s how to avoid them:

  • Classes shouldn’t be so expensive – a real master doesn’t care and loves his/her art and just wants to teach.
  • The master should have a perfect lineage that can be proven by him/her. This lineage assures you are learning an uncorrupted art form as the lineage holder only passes their art on to the best student.
  • They don’t teach you too fast. Many of the great masters will make you stay on the basic moves for months or years. Although this can be tough for your ego, you will become truly an expert at the art while still getting a great workout.
  • The students are not idiots. A good master will not tolerate unkind or cruel students who just want to learn to fight.
  • It is fun! It has to be fun. If it isn’t, get out of there. In my experience there is a great feeling of team spirit floating around a good class. I love it.

So, I hope you all have learned something you didn’t know before. If not then I am sorry. I’d love to hear some of your experiences about your past with martial arts or if you go to a class based on this post then send me an email and let me know how it goes. I’ll post it up and let everyone know.

About Katie

Katie has transformed her body from a flabby 186lbs, to a fit & toned 124 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Katie joined the Lean Curves team in 2007 and has posted hundreds of articles on fitness, fat loss and healthy eating.


  1. Jane says:

    yeah i have done a few taebo classes and been really happy with the results. great atmosphere. great post as usual RT

  2. RT says:

    Hi Jane. Yeah I miss the atmosphere of my old kung fu class a little bit. good friends.

  3. Rox says:

    I recently went back to Muaythai after a few month’s absence… I was running in the interim and putting in some time on my exercise bike, but it was just not the same as being in class.

    Here in Cape Town (South Africa), Muaythai is getting pretty popular. The only real difference is that there are elbows and knees used in addition to all the punches and kicks, but the training is pretty much like kickboxing.

    Classes begin with a 10 minute skipping session, then a good warm up with lots of stretches, then often a few star jumps, squats, push ups and lots of sprinting on the spot and punching on the spot.

    The classes are then split up into the various groups. I am now in senior class, and am aiming to move up to fighters class next year sometime. To get to senior class students complete a 2 hour grading, which is 2 hours of hardcore fitness and strength – with moderators walking around as grading students demonstrate the various moves. I could hardly walk for about a week afterwards, but man what a feeling to get through it… it was amazing!

    I find that my general health is good when I am training, and I have to eat properly to get the best from classes so I tend to avoid bad habits without much trouble.

    I love Muaythai, and kickboxing or any martial arts is one of the best ways to get fit, have fun and show those boys a thing or two!

    Thanks for yet another great post – RWF is always a constant source of motivation and advice for me :-)


  4. Leozette Roode says:

    Where can I do muaythai or kickboxing in Cape Town (preferably Northern Subburbs)? Any advice on the best gyms / classes?

  5. Faieka says:

    Where can I do muaythai or kickboxing in Cape Town (preferably Central Subburbs)? Any advice on the best gyms / classes?

  6. Jessica says:

    is there a kickboxing club in the Athlone area Cape town

  7. Lucinda says:

    I would love to know where the class is Rox, sounds interesting!

  8. Rox says:

    For those wanting to try Muaythai in Cape Town, Google Dragon Power Martial Arts. They are based in the city centre.

    Also some other schools out there, a Google search should pull up some options!

  9. Carmel says:

    hi there..are there any kickboxing studios in sea point/city bowl/camps bay/hout bay area?

  10. candice says:

    Love the kickboxing…ive been doing it for nearly 2 years..i have recently moved from bloemfontein to malmesbury..where would you recomended the closes kickboxing for women are…would love to carry on with it
    contact me at 0828569580

  11. Rolien says:

    I would like to know where I can find kickboxing classes in the Milnerton area.

  12. caroline says:

    Are there any kickboxing schools in the grassy park area?

  13. Cindy Miller says:

    I would like to know where the closest kickboxing class is to Hout Bay. Or if there are any trainers prepared to come to Hout Bay 3 times a week for private lessons?

    • Catherine Collins says:


      I have a contact for someone who trains kickboxing in hout bay.

      Please get in contact if you are still interested. It would be for private lessons.



      • Adele Bennett says:

        Could you please let me have your contact for kickboxing in Hout Bay. Many thanks, Adele

        • Kimberly says:

          Hi, there.
          I also stay in Hout Bay and coud you please let me know where this training is taking place?
          I am VERY interested.
          Many thanks


  14. Nathaly says:

    Hi! I am wondering if there is any kickboxing class in the bouberg area??

  15. Darius says:

    HEY EVERYONE! I take kick boxing fitness classes in table view/blouberg area and can also take you on a personal training level. JOIN “KICK BOXING ELITE” ON FACEBOOK and send me a message if you are interested.

  16. cindy says:

    Hi my name is Cindy.I weigh 85kg i would like to loose 20kg and get fit while doing something i really love which is kickboxing please help.i would love to join a kickboxing class am in muizenberg.

  17. Sharon Levitt says:

    looking for boxing classes in the Milnerton area

  18. tamara says:

    ive only been going 2mths and lost 15lbs and built some definite muscle tone…but i was that soft girl that lagged behind gasping for air and in a month my teacher stopped and asked me how much i lost. the changes in me were instantaneous…and i know i go to one of the best places in canada because those “how to avoid” tips apply to these classes perfectly!…im hooked :)

  19. Sameenah says:

    Would like to find a kickboxing class in athlone area….

  20. natalie says:

    Hi, any kickboxing classes for women in sea point/mouille point/cape quarter area in cape town? If so, please send website and email address. Thank you, natalie

  21. Davinia says:

    Hi, any kickboxing classes for women in the Goodwood/Parow area in Cape Town. If so please send the website and email address. Thanks, Davinia

  22. Haslina says:


    It’s ok for me to join kick boxing or muay thai if I have a back pain problem?

    Thank you.

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