Most everyone will agree that the majority of boxers are in incredible shape.
These athletes have the best of both worlds with overall low body fat and high lean mass percentages.
But, how does a boxer achieve this impressive physique?
To answer that question, let’s compare a long distance runner to a sprinter. Most joggers appear to have a skinny body type while a sprinter tends to have a look similar to that of a boxer, very lean and muscular. Even though the activities are similar, the difference lies in how they train and the work to rest ratio accompanied with practice and competition.
Boxing is one of the most metabolically demanding forms of exercise available. The sport requires a great deal of relative strength, speed, agility, endurance, power, determination and hand eye coordination.
When using boxing as a fitness tool for health and longevity, the average person can hone in and develop some of the same athletic skills as the competing athlete.
Boxing for fitness is used as one of the sources of cardio at Body By Choice Training. This proven workout format is an incredible mechanism for improving body composition as it perfectly combines strength training moves and calorietorching bouts of cardio.
A boxing like fitness regimen is far more beneficial when compared to traditional aerobic training. Steady state aerobics can create an unsuitable hormonal environment leading to muscle breakdown and additional stress to the body. Remember, muscle mass is linked to having a long life expectancy and living a high quality of life, while stress is linked to inflammation and higher disease risk.
Boxing for Fitness is a great way to get into shape and reap many benefits:
- Enhance cardiovascular health
- Increase total body strength
- Increase muscle mass and tone
- Increase hand eye coordination
- Decrease stress and lower disease risk
- Improve body composition
- Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s
It’s an empowering feeling to punch your stress to smithereens all while maintaining an elevated metabolism for the next 24 hours.
Boxing training can be used by men, women and children of all fitness levels and ages. Fitness boxing has no age minimum, but children should be able to follow classroom instructions and mimic the moves before beginning boxing for fitness.
Training sessions are circuit fashion and worked to a ring timer. The sessions involve punch drills with the heavy bag, uppercut bag, end-to-end bag, speed bag, shadow boxing and focus mitts. We usually end with core stability, strongman training and flexibility. Clients do not box each other or the instructor.