It doesn’t seem so long ago that my first impression of boxing was….well, shall we say not very complimentary. This was of course before I became a qualified personal trainer and fully understood the mechanics behind the sport. I guess I just pictured two meat heads punching the living day lights out of each other! Then when boxers talked of fitness levels, I would immediately conjure up the image of Rocky running up the steps as he did in the films.
Boxers are Among the Fittest
Of course I know that boxers are one of the fittest athletes out there and I have real respect for them. However it was only after meeting a professional boxer on my training course that truly changed my image of boxers and how their gruelling training regime can be tailored for a fun effective workout for all.
My first lesson against the pads was the real awakening. My big head thought that I would show a boxer what a real punch was. Within three minutes I was more exhausted than I had ever been, my heart was racing and I could hardly breathe. Not a good advert you may think for my training abilities but on the contrary, the reason behind this was that my brain was asking my upper body for a cardiovascular style workout and all it had been trained to do was slow strength based work. Therefore it was a massive challenge for my body and the health benefits of boxing would be huge for me.
Boxing: Now Part of My Training Programme
Since this experience boxing has become a big part of my training with my clients. Not because it is very effective for everyone (it’s not) but mainly because it is fun. The gym can be an immensely boring place with little or no inspiration. When we are bored of something we have a greater chance of giving something up. I’m not suggesting that everyone tries to emulate Rocky and turn professional but I do recommend getting your Personal Trainer to do some pad work with you or join a boxercise class and even better: see if your local boxing club does fitness based lessons.
Why it’s not for everyone
I am referring to pad work and not the many other exercises that boxing training involves. Pad work is fun, as I have already mentioned, but it uses comparatively small upper body muscles that will not burn as many calories as training your legs will. Combine it with a good leg workout and it is a brilliant addition. More importantly; the people that really should avoid this exercise are the people who suffer from heart related problems including high blood pressure. Your blood pressure is likely to go through the roof with this type of training due to the heart having to work against gravity to get the blood to where it is needed.
If you are interested in boxing and want to learn more about it then here are some useful resources for you.