Due to the apparent combative nature of boxing, it’s often viewed as a aggressive sport. However, more and more people are picking up the boxing gloves and getting some punches in, and for good reason!
From burning fat to gaining strength to reducing stress and so much more, boxing provides incredible benefits for the body and mind. So, if you’re a human (which we’re guessing you are cuz you’re reading this post) who’s yet to step into one of our boxing fitness classes, you might want to give it a try!
Not only is boxing a strength and cardio workout in one, it's the best way to get in tune with your inner badass. If that's not enough to convince you to add boxing to your regimen, these FAQ’s below will have you itching to put on a pair of gloves.
It’s Not All About Fighting
Many people have a misconception that boxing is only about fighting.
More than anything, boxing is an incredible form of movement. Just like kettlebells, it gets the entire body and mind working together in sync. In fact, boxing has shown up in many different gyms and fitness studios for its fat-blasting and body-sculpting benefits. However, that’s not all it’s good for. Boxing is a holistic form of exercise that engages the whole person, and at FH we see how the benefits of boxing transition into our clients lives outside of the gym. So, whether you want to compete or simply get in an awesome workout, boxing may be your missing fitness link.
Benefits of Boxing for all Humans
Boxing is not just a “man’s sport.” Here are some reasons why everyone should give it a go:
It's not uncommon to see a boxer glide around the ring covered in a sheen of sweat. That's because boxing is such a physically demanding sport, especially on the heart and lungs. The minute-long rest between rounds in a boxing match is barely enough time for the competitors to catch their breath.
All of the huffing and puffing that comes along with throwing punch after punch is building your cardiovascular system over time. The better shape your heart and lungs are in, the healthier you are.
When your lungs and heart are stronger and better at pumping blood around the body, you feel the effects in your daily life. Your body recovers from stress faster and physical exertion, like walking up stairs, seems easier. You can also sleep better and are less at risk for heart attacks and stroke. In other words, boxing could be a life saver.
Boxers are notoriously lean athletes. Part of the reason why they have so little fat on their bodies is that boxing is a weight-class sport. In a weight-class sport you have to fight people who are around the same weight as you, so the goal is to be in the lightest weight class possible.
Boxers would be naturally lean even if they didn't need to make a certain weight class. That's because training like a boxer can make you burn around 30 calories per minute. With 30 minutes of intense boxing, you could burn up to 900 calories. Even if a boxer wants to gain weight, he would have a hard time because he uses so much energy in training.
Losing fat from your body makes your healthier and less likely to suffer from things like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even joint pain. Of course, not everyone needs to lose fat, but if your doctor tells you that you're overweight it would be a good idea to pick up boxing.
In the same sense that it's tough to box and not lose fat, it's hard to keep off muscle. In boxing you quickly snap out a punch with all the muscles of your lower and upper body, then retract it and move around. You're constantly pushing muscles to their maximum power and speed.
Boxers have wiry muscles that help them create enough power to use their fists effectively. Having more muscle mass can increase your life expectancy, help prevent type 2 diabetes and improve your life by making you stronger and more capable. It can also make you feel more attractive and boost your self-esteem.
While being chased around a ring by an opponent desperately trying to hit you is not at all calming, training like a boxer can be. Exercise, in general, has a stress-relieving effect as because it triggers the feel-good hormone, dopamine, to be released. Boxing is also particularly de-stressing because you can punch things and work off pent-up aggression.
Typically a boxing workout involves hitting a heavy bag, a lighter speed bag and working with focus mits. Punching inanimate objects is a great way to release any built-up energy from anger or stress. The best part is that you can't hurt anyone if you punch boxing bags. Relieving stress can lower your blood pressure and make you feel happier -- all the more reason to go box.
In preparation for her wedding, Molly, Owner of FH, incorporated boxing twice a week into her strength training plan. Here is a sample training plan that Molly followed for 12-weeks to get in the best shape of her life. Combine this training schedule with a stellar mindset, nutrition and sleep plan and you’re on your way to ultimate epicness.
Sample 12-Week Training Plan:
Monday: FUELstrong class + 20min walk/jog
Tuesday: Kettlebells and/or Boxing class
Thursday: Kettlebells and/or Boxing Class
Friday: FUELstrong + 20min walk/jog
Saturday: Gym Class Heroes + Barbells
Sunday: Yoga/Walk/Get outside/Off
SEE YOU IN CLASS BADASS
CURRENT BOXING SCHEDULE at FUELhouse (subject to change with the plan of adding additional classes for Spring 2019)
WEDNESDAYS: 8AM AND 7:30PM
SUNDAYS: 8:30 AND 10:30AM