Ready to Jump in the Ring?
If you’ve watched any number of boxing themed movies of the years, how can you not notice the lean, muscular bodies of the stars like Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in the ring? And don’t forget the real life boxers like Anthony Joshua and Canelo Alvarez. Competitive boxing combines a number of elements like strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and power. It’s no wonder that top boxers are extremely fit. Maybe you’re not too keen on getting punched on the nose, but you do want to look like one of these boxers physically. Recently, people have discovered boxing as a challenging fitness activity that develops athletic skills without worrying about an opponent’s punch.
So what specifically can I expect from following a boxing fitness regimen?
Aren’t They The Same?
It can be a confusing question: what’s the difference between muscle building and strength training? Let’s break it down, so you can uncover the specific goals you’d like to achieve.
A Home Gym Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
We like to hit the gym whenever we can. The atmosphere in a vibrant gym can be motivating and encouraging. You have access to any piece of equipment you need. But what happens when you can’t make it there because of weather, traffic, limited time, or whatever? How about knocking out a quick workout in your home gym? Equipping your home gym doesn’t have to break the bank. We’re going to focus on inexpensive and space-saving gear that you can set up in no time.
It’s almost Thanksgiving. For many of us, that means a long 4-day weekend to go visit family and friends. Thanksgiving weekend holds for us enjoying company, lots of tasty food, football, and online shopping. There is even more inclination to skip your workouts with your full holiday schedule, but don’t. #TheSeriousAthlete knows that your progress will stop and possibly get worse.
What Happens If I Skip a Workout or Two or Three?
After two days of not working out, your endorphin and adrenaline levels (you know, the “feel good” chemicals in your body) drop and your mood will likely drop. The energy you feel after your workouts will also drop. Those “feel good” chemicals mentioned above are also natural appetite suppressants. Skipping workouts sets your body up for craving bad foods
There’s something about running in winter especially after a fresh snowfall. It’s a great way to reconnect with yourself and nature. As you make your way, you can see snow covering everything. With every stride, you can see your breath and hear the snow crunching beneath your feet. Before you head out the door, you need to know how to protect the feet as you brave your run in the cold and dampness.
Why Am I So Sore?
You had a super workout. You challenged yourself and went beyond your usual limits. Well, you probably felt great after your session; congratulating yourself for getting through such a challenge. But how did you feel a day or two after that? Were your muscles sore? I mean, really sore. Like, you could hardly move your body you felt so stiff? You weren’t sore after the workout or the yoga class. It seemed like the soreness snuck up on you over night and you could hardly get yourself out of bed. This is called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. It’s a common occurrence after strenuous exercise or when you use your body in a way that is different from your normal routine.
Although it is a fairly common experience, even among pro athletes, DOMS is a mysterious after-effect of muscle stress that science is still trying to explain. Even with the verdict still
This is the Gym?
Sometimes your job will have you on the road somewhere. What is the road warrior to do when he’s trying to be fitness warrior, too? You brought your workout clothes, so you could slip in a 30 minute workout session. You open the door to your hotel’s “fitness room” and promptly turn around.
We know it can be difficult to follow your workout regimen when you’re on the road – even with the best intentions. Here are some ideas that can keep your gains in place.
- Call ahead. Call the hotel directly and ask what kind of equipment is the fitness room. Ask about cost. If possible, have the staff send you a photo of the room.
- Do a search. If you prefer to work out in a real gym, find one near where you’ll be staying. Call and ask about day passes.
- Bring your own gym. You can pack a few resistance bands in your bag and have a decent workout.
- Run. Working in a cardio workout can benefit a fitness program. Try an early run to get your blood flowing before your big meeting.
- Plyo. You don’t need anything but yourself. Knock out some pushups, lunges, squats, and wall headstand pushups. Voila! Instant workout.
Don’t Let Your Injuries Sideline Your Fitness
Engaging in sporting activities is recognized to have a host of beneficial effects on the participant, including but not limited to its positive effects on the heart and weight loss. In spite of these beneficial effects, participation in sports also carries the attendant risk of development of sports injury. Thus, it is pertinent for one to be aware of some of the more common sports injuries and steps that can be taken to prevent or at least reduce the risk of developing some of these injuries to a bare minimum.
We take a look at some of the most common sports injuries and simple measures that can be taken to prevent them:
- Achilles Tendinitis. This injury is an inflammation of the tendon at your heel which typically occurs due to misuse or overuse of the tendon. It usually presents as pain in the heel when the leg is put into use. As with many sports injuries, a general key to prevention is to start exercises that work the heel in a graded pattern – start slowly and then increase the duration and intensity of exercise over time. Allow the muscles
Are You Missing Something?
Have you ever tried to stretch a rubber band quickly? You stretched it to its limit, and likely it snapped as you continued to pull on it. Believe it or not, your muscles react in a similar manner when you fail to properly warm up your muscles, especially before exercising or other strenuous physical activity. When muscles are “cold” and lack adequate blood flow, they are stiff and lack flexibility. This inflexibility could lead to a serious injury.
Go back to that rubber band. If you rubbed it between your hands for a few moments, stretched it slowly and held it in place for another few moments, and repeated this process a couple of times, you would find that you could stretch the rubber band quite far. By warming up your
You started an active lifestyle for your own personal reasons. You may have gone down the path of trying to lose a few pounds or maybe you wanted to run your first marathon. Whatever your motivation, good for you!
In your daily routine, you probably also noticed other benefits in your life.
1. Daily Calorie Burn
Depending on the physical activity of your choice, you can burn a few hundred to over a thousand calories in a session. Out of curiosity, I calculated that I burned 1,200+ calories in one of my half-marathon runs. When you consider that you have to burn 3,500 calories to lose one