Boxing Training for Fitness

Alright gym rats, who likes boxing? I have to be honest and say that I don’t fall into that category – sorry! But seeing that the Granite Fitness community is varied and love guest posts, we have managed to interview an expert on the topic and have summarised it into this article. Enjoy!

Boxing training fitness programs can really help you improve your health and give you a physically fit body, which is also strong and can give you a lot of confidence. In addition, it gets you in the best fighting form, if you ever need it. One of the many positive results from boxing training which can be seen by many are more defined arms and legs.

While boxing has been a mainstay for a long time, boxing training classes only crossed over to the mainstream realm of physical fitness training a few decades ago. This was after the fitness community discovered the benefits of boxing on both the cardiovascular systems and the strength benefits of this exercise.

In the earlier days, i.e. 1990s, the most popular variation of it was Tae Bo, which is a clever play on the words Taekwondo and Boxing. After that, many variants emerged. There are many innovative variations of the sparring jabs, power punches, defensive skills, and all kinds of aerobic moves. Learning the proper execution of the punch and kick combinations will give you a more intensive work out that can help you become stronger and more confident.

The combinations you perform on the blocks, jabs, and kicks are executed to an imaginary opponent. However, boxing classes are not limited to this. You can also find training camps that have quality equipment such as punching bags, or you may take the option of getting a partner that has padded hands.

How much benefit does it have? If it is focused on the cardiovascular side of things, you can burn between 350 and 500 calories per hour, provided you do it at a reasonable pace. Throughout this time, your heart rate should be between 75 and 85 percent of the maximum.

What are the other benefits? To keep it short, boxing training classes improve your speed, resistance, strength, flexibility and muscle reflexes. Repetitive motion on arms by sparring and jogging while you punch helps your arms and legs gain strength and power. Your joints are also being strengthened – what a bonus!

Apart from the physical benefits, boxing training, like most other exercises, are also a good outlet for stress relief. If you have had a long day, kicking and punching might help you “vent”, so to speak. Some people use it to get rid of their anger as well. At the end of the workout, you’ll feel so relaxed and at peace.

So if you think this is for you, go ahead and sign up for a lesson nearby. However, you have to be honest with yourself about this. Some people, myself included, will prefer other forms of working out instead. That being said, no harm giving it a shot, right?

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