Boxing training for fitness includes practicing punching drills and combinations, either on a partner wearing punch mitts, or one of the various styles of punch bags. Then these get blended together with the aerobic, anaerobic and plyometric exercises involved in a typical boxers training session, to give you an excellent all round workout.
Remember too that every single boxer out there will have started from ground level and steadily improved their fitness to where they are today, so anyone and everyone can quickly work their way up to a good level of fitness: whatever your size, age or sex. Complete a boxing style training session three times a week, and i guarantee that you’ll be fitter than you’ve EVER been before, within three months,
These boxing training classes improve your speed and resistance, plus flexibility and the reflexes of the muscles are also greatly enhanced. The physical benefits you will get from boxing style training are just one of the many gains that you will receive though. You will learn about self defence mechanism skills, which can also be very useful if you find yourself in an unpleasant situation sometime. Learning the proper execution of the punch combinations, the boxers stance and footwork, proper defence, etc, will also make you feel so much more confident.
So – Some of the advantages of this style of training, include
Increases mental agility – Sports behavioural studies have shown that the training techniques adopted by boxers using punch bags and sparring, lead to superior decision making skills
Improves hand-eye coordination – Unlike asymmetrical sports such as tennis and golf, your body improves evenly on both sides using boxing style training, helping to reduce postural misalignment problems
Increases stamina – It is estimated that boxing is 70%-80% anaerobic (high-intensity) and 20%-30% aerobic. So the training increases stamina in the heart and lungs
Strengthens muscles – Boxing training also improves muscle strength required for everyday activities, as well as the ‘fast twitch’ muscle fibres required for shorter, more explosive movements
Release your aggression – Boxing training is a great way to do that, making you feel calm as all the aggression is very channelled and controlled. Even though there is no physical contact, it enables you to feel in control of your body and more confident about protecting yourself if you are required to.
Increase your discipline – Many people don’t fully appreciate that boxing training is all about discipline, and it’s a great way to increase that in other areas of your life, too, such as drinking and eating.
Focus energy and concentration – Training stimulates your mind and boosts your self belief. So it’s also great for children, as it also helps build self esteem and respect in young people who may be bullied or lack physical confidence
Oh and don’t worry about getting whacked in “boxing style training” either. These are strictly non contact circuit training sessions which you can easily do alone at home, although training in a group does help to reinforce camaraderie as you urge each other on.
If you do plan to give boxing style workouts a go, then this course of Free Boxing Lessons will get you off to a real good start.
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by Dave B Scot