Have you ever thought about incorporating boxing into your training routine? According to HIF fitness blogger Matt Fuller, "Boxing nowadays is not just for the macho blokes. It’s an intense workout, which places a great emphasis on toning, muscular strength and endurance. Not only that, it's also a great way to gain results quickly and increase your energy levels. In this post, Matt discusses the many benefits associated with boxing and offers his advice on how we can include it in our weekly training routine.
As the weather heats up so too does our desire to look good in what we wear. The beach bodies will soon be coming out of hibernation, so now is time to look for fitness regimes that will burn more calories in quicker time and have a greater emphasis on toning, muscular strength and endurance.
For me, one of my all-time favourite workouts that delivers all of the above, when done properly, is boxing.
Boxing nowadays is not just for the macho blokes, it’s great for anyone looking for fantastic results from an intense workout. Boxing classes are popular, especially amongst women seeking toned arms, great looking shoulders, a leaner back and a smaller waist. Group classes are a fantastic way to learn the correct technique, have fun and meet new people in a social environment. Most gyms have a number of boxing classes included in their fitness timetable which cater to all levels of fitness helping you get the maximum amount of benefit from your workout.
If you’re looking for a more personal workout, then I recommend boxing with a personal trainer. Most good PTs will be able to hold the focus mits and teach proper and correct techniques using a variety of different combinations that will have you challenged both physically and mentally in no time at all. When using a trainer you can expect to get 25-30% more out of your workouts and boxing is one of those disciplines where you will see real benefit from doing only 1 x 30 minute session per week, when added to your normal weekly fitness routine.
For those who like to go at it solo, look to work the heavy bag for 10 x 2-3 minute rounds with a 1 minute recovery. For those of you that are serious trainers, I have recently discovered and highly recommend the box master, it’s an unbelievable workout. Essentially the box master is focus mits on spring loaded arms which allows you to work many varied and different combinations at your own intensity and pace without requiring a trainer. Personally, I have been using the box master now for 3 months and although I am not getting paid to say this, it is one of the best pieces of training equipment I have ever used. For the first month, I started slow with 1 minute on with 1 minute recovery for 20 minutes. As my fitness increased, I started doing 2 minutes on with 30 seconds recovery. I have now built my workout to be one session of 20 minutes non-stop. I’ve recently added 2 box masters to my gym and they are fast becoming a popular piece of equipment for both men and women.
Boxing is a great way to gain quick results that will increase your energy levels and cardiovascular system and leave you feeling better about yourself, especially when you train with intensity, commitment and dedication.