Boxing Boosts Fitness
With the dawning of the new millennium also came a surge in popularity of a well-known sport, boxing. It has become an activity that is no longer just for the brawny guys, but is gaining in popularity amongst varied types of people.
Boxing has become one of the fastest growing fitness regimes that is available today. If you are wanting to develop a toned, lean and very strong central core for your body, then this just might be the perfect endeavor for you to achieve that goal.
Many people think of boxing as being a very lonely sport, in a dark corner of the boxing gym, with just you and a punching bag for company. But, the surprising reality is that boxing is actually a sport that allows for quite a good amount of socialization.
Most boxing classes will have anywhere from 12 to 30 participants and they usually concentrate on sparring and on pad work. So, this means that you pair-off and face-off with a classmate to practice throwing a combination of punches and they attempt to block your throws with padded boxing gloves. Then you switch roles and block while they throw.
A typical boxing class will start out with a warm-up that goes for about 10 minutes which is then followed with about 30 minutes of boxing and then wraps up with about another 10 minutes to cool-down after the main workout. The classes will also focus in teaching you how to throw a proper punch, which is more about the proper technique than it is about your strength.
There are three primary moves that you will learn in boxing class. The first category is hooks, or side punches. The second category is jabs, which are straight forward punches. The third category of moves are the up-cuts, which are the punches that are delivered in an upward thrust.
The instructor will indicate which combinations you should be working on at any given time during the class and will also have partner change-ups in order to further mix-up the action and gain experiences with different people as well.
You should be aware that boxing is a seriously challenging workout and is really not meant for the faint of heart or for those who are not willing or able to go full-out during the class.
It is a high-intensity activity and it is also a full-body workout that has you moving virtually every minute of class time, either while throwing punches, or while ducking and weaving to avoid allowing your partner to make the connection.
The main benefits of taking up boxing as a fitness hobby are: weight loss, improved coordination and agility, better muscle tone and better overall fitness.
While some people think that boxing only works the arms, the truth is that it is a workout for the whole body and is especially good at strengthening and toning the core muscles.
Boxing is also an excellent activity for toning up the muscles of the rear and the quads, making it an appealing exercise for women who are interested in losing weight and toning their buns and thighs as part of their fitness strategy.