My athletic activity of choice for the past few years has been kickboxing. I did it in Seattle for about 4 years before moving to Boulder and picking it back up a year and a half ago. The major consistency for me has been my boxing gloves, they are the same ones I initially bought so many years ago and they still look brand new. I calculated that I have used them in over 600 classes and they are still perfect!
The changes I have made since moving to Boulder include wearing my Splits59 attire that allows me to feel sexy and powerful at the same time, while also being comfortable and durable. I also now wear ankle guards for those hard round house kicks (no one wants to bruise!) and Gaia yoga gloves to protect my hands even more from the hard gym bags. If you are ever going to start kickboxing I highly recommend a pair of these gloves made by Century, the are 100% worth the investment!