Category : Fitness
Getting fitter, stronger, a better body or losing weight doesn’t have to just mean doing long shifts in the gym! There are a range of sports that get your strong, conditioned and very fit. Boxing is potentially one of the best sports out there to achieve all-round fitness, strength and muscle conditioning, along with learning how to punch properly.
As boxing is structured in short ‘rounds’ during a fight, anywhere from 1 minute to 3 minutes, all of the training is structured to suit this and make the boxers super-efficient for those short rounds. It just happens that training like this is also the best way to get fit! If you want to learn more about boxing as a sport, click here.
Boxing has so many benefits, I’ve broken these down into a bit more detail below.
The intensity of boxing is similar to high intensity interval training (HIIT), which is a short time period of intense training, followed by a short break or reduced effort training, such as sprinting for 60 seconds, followed by 60 seconds slow jog, then back into sprinting for 60 seconds, repeating this cycle for the training duration.
Burn calories & fat
Doing HIIT type of workouts and boxing causes fat to literally fall off you. If you have a great diet, boxing will help you lose weight and body fat incredibly fast.
Improve strength and conditioning
Getting stronger when boxing training is all about hitting as hard as with full effort, you need to exert as much as possible in order to push your body to the limit. This type of training is normally done on heavy punching bags (100lb bags).
Constantly throwing punches, ducking, weaving and constantly being on your toes is great for every muscle in your body, it’s an all-body workout and great for conditioning and toning. This leads quite nicely into getting a 6-pack below.
Get a 6-pack
Your core abdominals are a major muscle in boxing, as you twist and turn when throwing or blocking punches you use your abs, and as these are constantly utilized, they grow bigger. As they are a major muscle for boxers, ab workouts become a big focus for boxing training classes, so expect a lot of ab work when you go!
Pounding a heavy bag is a great way to reduce stress. You can also get rid of any of that anger and clear your mind. As you punch the bag, your brain releases endorphins which makes you feel great. Give it a try!
Improve hand-eye co-ordination
Boxing is great for hand-eye coordination. This is improved through hitting targets, such as a bag or someone else’s pads, who could be moving around, along with blocking punches. Using the speed ball is also a great way to improve this.
So what are you waiting for? Try out boxing today to improve your fitness, cardio, strength, muscle condition, lose weight, burn fat, reduce stress, get a 6 pack, improve hand-eye coordination and many more benefits!