Boxing, in some form or another, has existed ever since man first learned to make a fist and throw a punch. Often called “the sweet science of sports,” boxing was incorporated into the Olympics in 688 B.C. and is both an amateur and professional sport practiced by men and women all around the world. A modern Olympic sport since 1904, boxing combines offensive punches with defensive blocks and evasive footwork. Boxing is a fast-paced sport that produces some of the fittest athletes on the planet.
The Benefits of Boxing
Learning to box can provide a long list of physical and mental benefits including:
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Core stability
- Fat loss and weight control
- Faster speed and reduced reaction time
- Agility and athleticism
- Mental toughness
Boxing is also an intrinsic part of mixed martial arts, as many MMA bouts start out as boxing matches before moving to the floor where grappling techniques such as joint locks and chokes are used.
Of course, to earn these benefits, you need to train regularly and while one or two sessions a week can be valuable, three or more sessions per week are usually recommended.
Boxing has long been a favourite workout for Hollywood celebrities as it creates a lean, athletic physique that looks great on and off film. Stars who have honed and sculpted their bodies using boxing include Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, Robert Downey Jr., Hilary Swank, Denise Richards, Drita D’Avanzo and “Rocky” himself, Sylvester Stallone.
Boxing workouts involve a variety of different types of exercise. If you are in the Brisbane area and want to try it out at Arena Fitness MMA, you can expect any given session to include jump rope, use of a speedball, boxing-specific core exercises, shadowbox, punching a heavy bag and engaging in conditioning and strengthening exercise for all major muscles – especially the core exercises. You may also spar although sparring is not compulsory and is only necessary if you are going to fight. Such a comprehensive training session means that virtually every muscle in your body will get a great workout and can burn around 500-600 calories or more per hour, making boxing a great fat burner.
There is no denying that getting punched is not good for your long-term health. Boxing is a tough sport that it not without risks. Head and facial injuries are common, and many boxers carry scars from their bouts.
However, learning to box doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to enter boxing matches or even spar. Many of the benefits of boxing can be gained by participating in regular boxing training workouts.
For many people, boxing training rather than fighting is enough of a thrill, and they have no desire to step into the competitive ring. Needless to say, this significantly reduces the risk of injury. Boxing training is suitable for men and women as well as children over the age of four and workouts can be scaled to match your experience and fitness.
Your first boxing session
Starting any new workout can be nerve-wracking, but there is no need to worry if you attend one of Arena Fitness MMA’s boxing classes in Springwood or one of our many other locations in the Brisbane area.
You will always be well looked after. Each class is led by a qualified coach who will take you through a proper warm up designed to prepare your body and mind for the workout to follow, and will teach you how to throw your first punch. Workouts are progressive from week to week and designed to help you not only master the skills and techniques of boxing but get fitter, faster and stronger too; this is a workout that guarantees results.
Boxing workouts inevitably require a variety of specialist equipment including various punch bags, jump ropes and other essentials, which are all provided. All you need to bring some comfortable workout clothes and flat-soled athletic shoes, as well as a sweat towel and a water bottle.
Try boxing for FREE!
Still not sure whether boxing is for you? No problem! Why not come and try a class for free at Arena Fitness MMA and see for yourself. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. As the famous boxer in the world, Muhammed Ali once famously said, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”