THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN F5

Book your kickstart meeting (required for new students) and checkout out FAQ’s below.

I AM A BEGINNER OR NEW TO WORKING OUT - IS F5 FOR ME?

We train Muay Thai and Strength newbies and students new to exercise all the time!

Since our training is skill-based, you will begin by focusing on the techniques taught. In Muay Thai, you choose the intensity and pacing. As you progress in your training and dial in the strikes and combinations, you can increase the speed and power to get a workout that is challenging for every level of skill. 

In strength, you’ll choose weights that are right for you. All the classes are small-group; the average size is 6-10 so that we can scale exercises to the individual if needed.

All our students and coaches have been beginners. Our core value #11 is: ROOTS “Always remember where you started. We were all beginners once.” 

F5 is a supportive and welcoming community with a diverse mix of students who have a desire to learn and the dedication to train to improve daily. We have a zero-tolerance for bullies.

WHAT IS MUAY THAI? IS IT LIKE 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 is also called the art of eight limbs because it uses punches, kicks, elbows, and knees to strike. It is similar to kickboxing but has different origins and the additional use of elbow and knee strikes to ht head and clinch. It 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, however, it is still an introductory Muay Thai class and perfect for drop-ins of all levels.

DO YOU OFFER DROP-INS?

We are currently offering drop-ins for one class type on the schedule: Kickboxing 101. The class is offered on most weekends. Please check the calendar. Kickboxing 101 is appropriate for ALL levels and an excellent way to check out F5 Muay Thai services to see if it’s the right type of training for you. 

Why don’t we offer drop-ins for all classes?

F5 teaches disciplines that are skill-based and require consistent training and commitment. Muay Thai and Strength training challenging disciplines. There are many skills new students need to be familiar with before jumping into a mixed level class. So that all students are prepared, every new F5 member gets a private intro lesson in each discipline before starting the mixed level group classes. Directly jumping into a class without participating in our on-ramp sessions may be dangerous to you and your fellow students.

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.

To help progress members of all levels, we require that all students new to F5 commit to a consistent program of training with our team. If you’re unsure F5 is the right gym for you, that’s okay – we offer a discounted rate on our NEW STUDENT TRIAL so that you can try out the gym. 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.

For those that are currently training in Muay Thai or with Kettlebells and Barbells and wish to train with us while they visit Los Angeles, consider the new student trial too. We cannot know for sure that your gym teaches you the same skills we do unless you have a personal referral from your coach. If your coach knows of our training methods and wishes to provide that referral, please contact us.

WHY DON'T YOU OFFER A FIRST CLASS FREE?

Instead of a free first class, we offer a kickstart meeting so we can give you our undivided attention and answer all your questions. Remember that our New Student Trial has two private intros lessons and five small group classes – the perfect amount of training to see if F5 is the right gym for you.

DO YOU HAVE A SHOWER?
Yes. It’s clean, well stocked with the essentials, and more. We also have towel service, offered complimentary!
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 ticket in for a validation stamp. You pay only $3. For a map with tips, see our parking guide.

HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU RECOMMEND TRAINING TO GET RESULTS?

We recommend starting with three days per week unless you have been already training regularly with weights and intense exercise. You can ramp up your training volume gradually, over the course of your first four-seven weeks, if your aim is to train more than three days a week.

If you have only 2-3 days a week to train we recommend choosing one primary discipline (Muay Thai or Strength), or you can focus on one for seven weeks, then alternate every seven weeks with the other (our strength programs run on a 7-week cycle). For students primarily training Muay Thai who want to do strength training on occasion, but not more than 1 class a week, we recommend the “Fighter Fit” class as a complement to their training.

If you have 4-6 days per week to train you can choose a combination of both Muay Thai and Strength training.

We love the combination of alternating days of Muay Thai and Strength classes!

—> Learn more about our disciplines offered and program choices. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY KICKSTART MEETING?
Kickstart Meetings take about 45-60 mins; we schedule a full hour to be safe. You probably have a lot of questions for us, and we want to give you our undivided attention, so we schedule them in advance.

We will discuss what you are looking for in your training, any specific goals you have, your medical/training history, and your previous fitness experience. We want to get to know you better so we can help you get the best results possible.

We perform a functional movement screen (just five mins of simple movements, nothing strenuous at all but wear comfy clothes is you can). We’ll give you a tour and review the best class and program options for you.  If you feel it’s a fit, we’ll schedule your first intro lesson asap!

DO YOU OFFER PERSONAL TRAINING
Yes, we offer personal strength and fitness training programs written by our most experienced coaches with your goals and individual needs in mind, as well as private Muay Thai training for those that prefer a non-group class setting and even more individual attention.

We call it strength training because strength is the foundation of any quality “fitness” program and our focus is on getting you strong, and confident in the gym and life.

For more information, please see details in the personal training section.

Please note, a kickstart meeting is the first step to setting up a personal training program with our team.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING FOR MY FIRST INTRO LESSON / 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 must wear a shirt and 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. MMA gloves (fingerless) and not permitted in classes. You may also purchase gloves from us.

You’ll need hand wraps ($10 plus tax) or $2 for rentals. 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 —> Wear flat shoes like Converse or barefoot style shoes like Vibrams, or you can go barefoot too, running shoes are not appropriate for kettlebell/barbell training as they will affect correct technique. Proper athletic wear is required: short/pants and shirt/tank.

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 free shipping to the gym when they order through us!

WHAT IF THE CLASS I WANT TO ATTEND IS FULL?

You can Wait-list classes by signing up online at MindBody or calling the gym. If you have wait-listed a class you will be contacted via email and or text (depending on your contact preferences selected) if a spot opens up.

Especially on the weekends, people often cancel, so please make sure to check your email or texts. Almost all waitlisted people DO get into the class of their choice. Make sure your Mindbody email and mobile phone number are correct on your account.

If you live close, you are also welcome to walk-in and “standby” the class to take someone’s spot if they no-show.

HOW ARE YOUR STRENGTH PROGRAMS DIFFERENT THAN CROSSFIT?
F5 Strength Traning uses the StrongFirst system of kettlebell, barbell, and body weight training. The strength principles of Strong First vary to those of CrossFit, and the programming is different.  We describe strength as a skill that needs to be practiced. Every lift is an opportunity to practice the principles incorporated in a heavy lift or movement. StrongFirst emphasizes the idea that reps should be kept relatively low in practicing the skill of strength.

Our barbell and kettlebell conditioning portions of the classes are not timed and follow a more interval-based system with work to rest ratios. For strength training, we follow a system that is rooted in linear periodization, which is different than most CrossFit programming.

Additionally, our style of kettlebells is Russian style (v.s. American style).

DO I HAVE TO WANT TO 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. It’s a sport, and we teach the real techniques of Muay Thai, but it’s also a good workout even in you choose not to spar or fight.

Some students eventually decide to learn to spar but never fight, and that’s okay too.

DO I HAVE TO SPAR (PERSON ON PERSON CONTACT) IN MUAY THAI?

No. At F5 sparring (person to person contact with protective gear to practice the defense and offense of the sport) is optional and only taught in our Dutch Drills classes where there is a mix of semi-contact and contact. Full sparring is always optional, controlled and for advanced students only.

However, you will strike pads and bags and learn basic defense without sparring in class. Please note that our classes are pad work with partners, so there is some person to person contact, just with a pad in between, which makes it safer and more controlled than sparring.

For a more in-depth look at our stance on this, you can read coach Roxy’s Blog: Muay Thai Sparring.

WHAT IF I WANT TO FIGHT ONE DAY?
Great!  We have an active fight team and a program in place for you to advance to Level 2 Classes and eventually to fight for those that qualify. 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 Level 2 students have progressed to take the “F5 Team Test” which is a requirement to being on our fight team and then moved on to competition.

For more on what is needed to compete in Muay Thai check out coach Roxy’s blog: How to Become a Champion Fighter

WHAT IS THE BASIC FORMAT OF A MUAY THAI CLASS?

In our all-levels pad work classes, you learn and practice real Muay Thai fighting techniques by drilling strikes and combos on mitts, kick pads, Thai pads, and heavy bags.

Our coaches make sure you get a solid workout focusing on both technique and overall conditioning.

Our classes are never more than 12 students so that the coaches can give some individual attention as well as the overall class instruction. 

CLASS FORMAT

Warm-up: Jump rope, stretches, and shadow boxing

Pad work: Focused pad work 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.

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805 S La Brea Ave

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