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?
Boxing is an excellent aerobic endurance activity. If you have bad knees or you find running to be a bore, then boxing may fit the bill. You a need aerobic endurance or cardio fitness activity that places a moderate amount of stress on your heart and lungs to support the higher level of physical activity. Keep your heart rate up during your workout as you punch and move around the 100 lb. heavy bag.
Total Body Strength
You will engage your upper body, lower body, and core as you make contact with the heavy bag. If you’re in boxing program, A fast-paced 30-minute circuit may include squats, pushups, planks, and weighted medicine ball exercises. Boxing is a different type of workout compared to traditional weight lifting. It may improve your hand eye coordination.
Hand-eye coordination is more than many people realize. People with fine motor skills, i.e., good hand-eye coordination tend to have faster reflexes and reaction times. Boxing will improve your hand-eye coordination. When you punch a speed bag or a heavy bag; you have to see the bag, react to it (because the bag will move/spin!), and punch it squarely; or you may hurt yourself. Moving around the bag as you punch will also improve your balance and stability.
Almost any form of moderate to intense physical activity can decrease stress. Exercise increases endorphins, boosts mood, works as a form of meditation, and improves sleep, all of which help reduce stress. Besides being a tough total body workout, you can also let off some steam as you punch out any frustrations. After a boxing workout, you’ll feel energized not only by the physical exertion but also from the stress relief.
Try It; You’ll Like It
If you’re hoping to get in great shape and improve your health, you just might want to sign up for a membership to your local boxing gym. If you’re an athlete is in the off-season, try a boxing program to mix up your training. You will find the combination of muscle-building and strength training mixed infused with bouts of cardio will improve your fitness and stress levels. You may even want to try your hand at going up against a someone who punches back.
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