Boxing Your Way Out Of a Rut

When you mention the subject of boxing, the image that comes to people’s minds is of two athletes in a boxing ring, adrenaline pumped and trying to destroy each other using their fists as weapons. Fitness boxing is something altogether different where entire classes of people can get a great workout from a non-contact version of the sport. Boxing as a way to stay fit is fast becoming increasingly popular and rightfully so considering the benefits. Boxing increases strength, coordination, speed, endurance, and agility. You will learn the proper way to control your feet and the basic boxing stance. You will learn basic punches such as the jab, the hook, the upper cut, and how to combine them all effectively as you develop your boxing skills. Boxing is not just a sport for self defence, although you will learn how to properly throw a punch. Your self-confidence will increase, and you’ll know that you are prepared to defend yourself if you should ever have occasion to.

So you may wonder how I got started in boxing. I was already going to the gym three or four times every week, but I was only working on weight training. I did absolutely no cardio and despite being stronger and more muscular I was still soft around the midsection. The idea of running had no appeal for me whatsoever, so getting on a treadmill was not an option. I thought of maybe going with my girlfriend to one of her group fitness classes, but hardly any other guys went so I quickly lost interest in that.

After a conversation with my boss in the lunch room he suggested I come along to a boxing session. He is an incredibly fit man in his 40s. The guy is absolutely ripped, six-pack and everything, so when he talks about getting fit I listen. He let me know that I could borrow a pair of boxing gloves so all I needed to bring was a bottle of water and a towel. I felt a bit challenged because I had never tried to box before. The man who would soon become my sparring partner informed me boxing is something anyone can do. So off I went to the gym to give boxing a go. First we went through a 15 minute warm up session, then 30 minutes of sparring, and then a 15 minute cool down. The pain I experienced after the boxing workout was entirely new to me! Not because someone smacked me in the face (it is non-contact after all). My muscles burned, like nothing I had ever experienced before. Muscles I did not even know I was using were hurting. My legs, my core, my shoulders; everything burned like fire. I thought that would be the end of my boxing activity, but I gave myself a couple days to recover and then I returned to the ring to give it another shot.

Knowing the moves gave me a better work out, and I was more prepared mentally this time. I continued going to the gym each week. I noticed my body trimming up and my mid section spare tire was getting much less visible. Because boxing is a workout with high repetition, you will see more body toning than muscle building. That combined with a nutritious diet will show you results very quickly.

If I’ve learnt anything from the experience it is not to be afraid to try something new. No matter what your fitness or skill level boxing is good for you because it can be modified to increase or decrease complexity and intensity of the workout. There is simply no legitimate reason for not giving boxing a try. It is an excellent way to de-stress and vent your frustrations on the boxing pads. Boxing is a high intensity program of exercise. It targets numerous large muscle groups, which assures you a program for toning and building strength while you also become more in shape and better fit. The gym is a great place to work out and spend time with a friend. You can even get a little competitive if you wish, as long as you keep all the moves above the belt.

We have all been in a rut, locked in a pattern of circumstances that we cannot seem to get out of. Rarely do those circumstances change by themselves, it’s more likely that we will need to take action to ensure that we don’t become stuck in a rut.