UrbanKick® was born when creator, Shane Barnard, started to blend her fitness and dance background with her kickboxing fitness classes. She felt limited by the lack of versatility in kickboxing formats so she began to create her own sequences and movements ranging from 4 to 16 counts and would break them down and teach. She gave each move a funky name inspired by life events such as “ya mama” because she created it on Mother’s Day, or “humpty dump” because one of her students was wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a fried egg on the front.
Shane’s classes LOVED this energetic and uniquely formatted class, and she soon realized she was onto something. Her classes at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) quickly became some of the most popular at the Recreational Sports Facility, packing over 100 students per class. The classes were so large the Group X program had to move her into a convention-size gym (equaling two basketball courts) and provide a stage. That was over 10 years ago and her classes remain among the most attended on campus.
The group exercise director approached Shane and asked her to share her style and train other people to teach her unique format. Shane created a kickboxing instructor-training program and has since trained dozens of instructors in her distinctive brand of UrbanKick® kickboxing for UCB. UrbanKick® instructor alumni have taken UrbanKick® national and you can now take an UrbanKick® class all over California, Texas, New York, Boston and Colorado.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Every UrbanKick experience is rooted in the foundation of inclusion and follows the principles below:
+ Kickboxing is for everyone
+ Exercise is fun and exciting
+ Building class community makes everyone feel welcome
+ Start where you are regardless of age, gender, size or ability
+ Do what you can—everyone can do this class
+ Movement is a way to celebrate your health and life
We want everyone to feel welcome in class and to have the most fun while safely working out. If people have fun in class and walk away feeling healthy and strong, they will likely return and a healthy habit will form. We want people to feel better about themselves after every class.
WHAT IS URBANKICK
UrbanKick® is an innovative, exciting and athletic format workout that is taking group X schedules by storm! UrbanKick® takes a sports conditioning approach and combines punch and kick sequences with H.I.I.T. drills, for a multi-level, fun and heart-healthy workout. We have borrowed from different martial art techniques such as: taekwondo, karate and muay thai kickboxing to create a total body workout that incorporates steady state cardiovascular training, metabolic boosting H.I.I.T. training and functional body-weight strength training for a dynamic and efficient workout. UrbanKick® challenges your body in all planes of motion so you are constantly developing strength, agility, flexibility and balance more than you would doing traditional cardiovascular workouts like cycling or running.
Every UrbanKick® class expertly balances the need for familiar moves and format (to ensure the class is welcome to all levels of ability), along with the need to keep the sequences fresh, innovative, exciting, and most importantly — fun.
URBANKICK® IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER CLASS = UNIQUE SWAGGER
UrbanKick® differs from every other format because we have our own language of sequences. Creator, Shane Barnard, has created a library full of unique UrbanKick sequences that you will not hear in any other class format. Most moves have 2-3 variations each, which results in countless combinations so that classes are always exciting, challenging, but FAMILIAR.
When you combine these sequences, (which allows steady state, cardiovascular benefits), with athletic H.I.I.T. drills, you create an efficient workout that is packed with physiological and psychological adaptations and benefits. Our class never stops! You flow from a sequence to a H.I.I.T. drill without stopping by using UrbanKick® glue: short transitional moves that allow you to keep the class moving while you provide the road map cue to what is coming next. The class is set to music, but the drills and sequences are not paired with any particular song, so there are never any musical breaks to trigger a stop in your workout. As the instructor, you will cue your class through seamless transitions of each puzzle piece ensuring your class remains active and in their steady state training.
Think of each class like a puzzle with puzzle pieces of distinct sequences ranging from 4 – 16 counts in length. You can put the pieces of the puzzle into different orders and arrangements, but the puzzle pieces remain the same. This blend of combining unique sequences along with H.I.I.T. drills excites those that like to do punch and kick combinations as well as those participants that just want to have fun, sweat and get a heart-pounding workout.
The UrbanKick® class is:
+ Athletic (traditional speed & agility sports conditioning and H.I.I.T.)
+ Boot-Camp Style (drill based)
+ Perfect for the choreography challenged
+ Balanced (utilizes all planes of motion)
+ Authentic (real kickboxing punches and kicks)
UrbanKick® is not a:
+ Dance Class (no grapevines, clapping or shaking your hands in the air)
+ Martial Arts Class
+ Self-Defense Class
+ Contact Class
UrbanKick® is not a dance class disguised to look like a hard-hitting combat class. It is set to music but you will not find a single grapevine, booty-shake, “hands in the air” or other hallmarks of mainstream aerobics classes in UrbanKick®.