THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN F5
A Kickstart Meeting is required for all new students to begin their training. (Check out the FAQ below).
I AM A BEGINNER OR NEW TO WORKING OUT - IS F5 FOR ME?
Yes! We train students of all levels in Strength and Muay Thai.
At F5, you will begin by focusing on the technique rather than intensity first because you are learning skills, not just working out.
We can always scale exercises to the individual students. Our *classes are small-group; the average size is eight, and there are never more than twelve students in a class.
Our core value #11 is: ROOTS “Always remember where you started. We were all beginners once.”
WHAT IS MUAY THAI? IS THE SAME AS KICKBOXING?
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. It was developed originally as close contact battle techniques but is now a popular spectator sport in many countries. Muay Thai, called the art of eight limbs because it uses punches, kicks, elbows, and knees to strike is similar to kickboxing but has different origins, and the additional use of elbow and knee strikes to the head and clinch.
Muay Thai is also a great workout! We call our 101 class "kickboxing" as it will not involve any of the higher level Muay Thai techniques such as clinch or elbows. Kickboxing 101 is an All-Levels Muay Thai class.
CAN I TAKE A CLASS BEOFRE JOINING THE GYM?
Yes, the KICKBOXING 101 class is drop-in friendly. It's scheduled most weekends. Kickboxing 101 is appropriate for all levels of students and is an excellent way to check out the training.
Keep in mind that all annual memberships come with a trial period of 30-days so that you have time to decide if F5 is a fit for you.
WHY ARE MOST OF YOUR CLASSES OPEN TO ONLY MEMBERS?
First, directly jumping into an all-levels class without participating in our on-ramp sessions that teach the fundamental skills may be dangerous to you and your fellow students. Muay Thai and Strength training are challenging disciplines to learn. We want to set you up for success.
Second, we are dedicated to providing quality coaching to every member. If we allowed drop-ins to all our classes, our coaches would be overwhelmed with teaching a large percentage of new students while being unable to give proper attention to our dedicated members. We see this as unfair and a problem in the fitness industry in general.
We want to know you are serious about your training, not just randomly dropping in fitness classes to get sweaty. There's nothing wrong with that in general; it's just not what we do at F5.
I AM VISITING AND HAVE PRIOR MUAY THAI OR STRONGFIRST KETTLEBELL EXPERIENCE - CAN I TAKE A CLASS?
For Muay Thai, we cannot know for sure that your gym teaches you the same skills we do unless you have a personal referral from your coach, or we are very familiar with your school. Muay Thai styles and training do vary, as well as the types of classes offered at each gym. Please contact us if you wish to provide this referral.
For strength, if you specifically have StrongFirst training or are StrongFirst certified, and your wishes to provide a referral, please contact us.
WHAT IS A KICKSTART MEETING?
- A Kickstart Meeting is not a workout.
- It’s a getting-to-know-you appointment ?
- In the meeting, we’ll review your goals, preferences, exercise experience and health history so our team can coach you better!
- You’ll get a chance to meet some of the F5 team and get to know us.
- At the end of the meeting, if you feel F5 is a fit for you, we’ll help you decide which membership option is right for you.
WHERE DO I PARK ?
From 5:30 pm to 9 pm weekdays, discounted valet is available at the curbside of 8th and La Brea, NW, and SW corners. Look for "Leon Valet" signs. Before 7 pm you'll find the valet on 8th street.
Please bring the ticket in for a validation stamp. You pay only $3. For a map with tips, see our parking guide.
DO YOU HAVE A SHOWER?
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING FOR MY FIRST INTRO LESSON OR FIRST CLASS?
Muay Thai —> Wear comfy clothes you can workout in that will allow for kicking movements - yoga pants, shorts, etc. are ok. No uniform is required, but men and women must wear a shirt, not just sports bras, per our gym's policy.
Shorts that do not go over the knees is recommended for form and comfort when kicking.
Muay Thai is practiced barefoot; footwear is not permitted.
You will need gloves to train Muay Thai. We provide glove rental for ($3). If you have a pair of Muay Thai or boxing gloves, please bring them. You may also purchase gloves at the gym.
MMA gloves (fingerless) are not permitted in classes.
Hand wraps, ($10 plus tax or $2 for rentals) are required for Muay Thai. We will help you learn how to wrap them or go to our Youtube channel and search "how to wrap your hands."
Please come EARLY to class for help with your hand wraps. We may not be able to assist you with your wraps if you are late to class or show up right when the class is starting.
Strength Classes —> General athletic wear is required. Wear flat shoes like Converse or barefoot-style shoes like Vibrams, or you can go barefoot too, as most of us do. Running shoes are not appropriate for kettlebell and barbell training as they will affect proper technique.
WHAT IS THE BASIC FORMAT OF A MUAY THAI CLASS?
For Pad Work Classes - All-Levels, 101 and Fundamentals:
Warm-Up: Jump rope, stretches, and shadowboxing.
Pad Work: Focused pad work on mitts, kick pads, etc. to practice punches, kicks, knees, or elbows. Combinations and techniques taught will vary, depending on the program for the day.
Finisher and Cool-down: We'll wrap up with a stretch and sometimes additional core work or conditioning if there's extra time.
HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU RECOMMEND TRAINING TO GET RESULTS?
Our students see results with as little as 8 classes per month.
However, our standard recommendation is 3-4 per week.
If you are participating in both Strength and Muay Thai, we recommend 4-5 training days per week.
WHAT IF THE CLASS I WANT TO ATTEND IS FULL?
You can wait-list a full class by signing up online. You will be contacted via email and or text (depending on your contact preferences selected) if a spot opens up.
Most wait-listed students get into their class of choice. We HIGHLY recommend making sure you are opted-in for text notifications, so you get altered right away if a spot opens up. If you need help updating your account notifications, please ask us.
If you live close, you are also welcome to walk-in and "standby" the class to take someone's spot if they no-show.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE TRAINING?
DO YOU SELL GLOVES AND OTHER GEAR?
Yes. We have a pro shop where we sell gloves, wraps, supplements, clothing, etc. If you need something specific we can also order it for you.
We also have an exclusive partnership with Hayabusa Combat Gear where we offer F5 members 10% off retail prices for gear and you get free shipping to the gym when you order through us!
HOW IS YOUR STRENGTH PROGRAM DIFFERENT THAN CROSSFIT?
We are an Accredited StrongFirst Gym. The StrongFirst system of kettlebell, barbell, and bodyweight training. The strength principles and programming of Strong First vary to those of CrossFit. Also, our style of kettlebells is Russian, not American style, as CrossFit uses.
Our strength programs are rooted in linear periodization, and we define strength as a skill that's practice regularly. Every lift is an opportunity to practice StrongFirst principles. We believe reps should be kept relatively low when practicing the skill of strength.
Workouts are not timed, and conditioning follows an interval-based system with different work to rest ratios.
DO YOU HAVE TO SPAR OR FIGHT TO TRAIN MUAY THAI?
No. Many students learn Muay Thai as a fun way to get fit and learn skills without ever sparring and fighting.
Muay Thai is a sport, and we teach real fighting techniques, but it's also a good workout even in you choose not to spar or fight.
Some students decide to move on to learning defense and sparring and some progress to compete in the sport.
I WANT TO COMPETE IN MUAY THAI - DO YOU TRAIN FIGHTERS?
Yes! We have an active fight team and a program in place for you to advance to sparring when you are ready.
If you put in the work at the gym and prove your skills, we will help get you to your goal.
Many of our advanced students have progressed to take the "F5 Team Test," which is a requirement of being on our fight team. After the team test, some students progress to their first Muay Thai fight.