Boxing is an immensely popular sport. We’ve all witnessed a boxing match at some point in our lives. Fighters enter the ring, physiques all chiseled out, expressions of fierce determination on their faces. These supreme athletes put countless hours inside the boxing gym to prepare for a single night of action.
It’s time you trained exactly like them in 2021.
In reality, boxing is both a competitive sport and a fitness training option. It is versatile as a martial art, and can be fully customized to accommodate any level of fitness, no matter the goal. Anyone of any age, race, or gender can practice. All that matters is that you are willing. Boxing is a great fitness option for everyone.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight and get fit, or you’re interested in trying out boxing competitively, or as a hobby or a pastime, you’d best head on out and check out the nearest boxing gym near you. The new year is full of new possibilities, so take this perfect opportunity to explore and try out something new.
Boxing brings a wealth of benefits that encompasses far more than just the physical. Today, Evolve Daily shares five reasons why 2021 is the year you need to start training in boxing.
1) Boxing is the best ever workout
There are a whole host of reasons why boxing is one of the best martial arts for fitness. But in a nutshell, its versatility gives it the edge of being perpetually challenging and engaging. There are enough exercises and drills for no two given workouts ever turning out exactly the same.
There’s nothing boring like spending hours on the treadmill or cycling machine that you experience in a traditional gym setting. Boxing keeps your fitness routine dynamic and exciting.
Workouts like the agility ladder, shadow boxing, the heavy bag, the speed bag, and even sparring all combine to give you an engaging experience. The possibilities and combinations are endless, and you can always switch it up when you need something different.
This is absolutely key after a stressful day at work, for example, when you can drop by the boxing gym for a few quick rounds before heading home feeling refreshed and reenergized.
Victoria’s Secret model Gigi Hadid swears by boxing and trains every day, and in fact, it has done more for her than just maintaining her supermodel figure. Muscle memory sure came in handy as she used her boxing skills to defend herself against an aggressive stalker when she visited Milan in 2016.
2) Meet like-minded people
One of the keys to success in any fitness venture is being able to find like-minded people who share common goals to traverse the same journey. You’ll meet a lot of different people in the boxing gym. Some of them are just faces that pass by, while others will spark a mutual interest that will, in turn, form a bond. Bonds that you form inside the boxing gym are special, and more so when the people you meet share the same mindset.
Having like-minded buddies is essential to getting the best gym experience possible. You can share techniques, combinations, and training tips that the other may not know yet, refine techniques that you have trouble executing, or simply having a partner to practice your new skills with.
These are people who will push you to work harder, know when you are feeling mentally down, and know exactly how to motivate you. They will be there for you on days when you don’t feel like moving.
3) Lose weight fast
Like many martial arts disciplines, boxing helps you lose significant amounts of weight. Boxing, in particular, helps you lose weight fast. In fact, boxing’s popularity as a fitness option can be attributed to its capacity for rapid and sustainable weight loss.
Aside from being a highly enjoyable workout, boxing is estimated to burn up to 800 calories per hour, which is more than three times the 233 calories per hour expended with normal weight training.
Its combination of cardiovascular endurance training, calisthenics, fast-paced boxing workouts will help trim and tone your muscles in your forearms, upper arms, shoulders, chest, and back, in particular. Focus on the lower body, including the hamstrings, glutes, calves, and obliques, is also present.
In addition to toning muscle and burning fat, boxing can lessen the chances of bloating as well. The crazy amount of sweat you’ll work up in a session takes a good amount of sodium out of your body. Sodium is the primary culprit for water retention and bloating. Take the sodium away, and lose the excess water you retain.
Regularly hit the boxing gym and enjoy a supremely toned physique as a result.
4) Learn how to fight like Manny Pacquiao
Self-defense is, of course, one of the main reasons people take up boxing. With enough training, you will soon find yourself moving and feeling like eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Who doesn’t know and love Manny Pacquiao? Pacquiao took up boxing as a teenager to dig his family out of extreme poverty, but also, to make a name for himself in the ring, where he often faced opponents much bigger than he was.
Boxing is an amazing martial art for self-defense. It teaches you how to intelligently use your fists and footwork to put yourself in the best position to attack or defend. To “hit and not get hit,” that’s the main concept of pugilism.
Learn the proper fighting stance, form, and different types of punches. Understand the intricacies of boxing defense, and learn how to evade, slip, parry, and block punches. Fancy techniques and flashy moves are extremely appealing, but learning the fundamentals and establishing a strong foundation is key to becoming a formidable boxer.
5) Open up the world of competition
Another great reason to take up boxing in 2021 is to open yourself up to the possibility of competing, if you want to go that route. Competing isn’t just the opportunity to show off your hard-earned skills—it is also fun, and it is effective as a form of assessment for your progression as a fighter.
Climbing into the ring is an exhilarating, addictive feeling. While squaring off against an opponent in the ring may be an intimidating concept, it’s also a good way to discover your primal nature, and discover how tough you can be.
Of course, coaches and instructors will guide you every step of the way to ensure you are both physically and mentally ready to step in the ring and fight against another live person. This translates to hours upon hours in the gym, honing skills, building physical attributes, and pushing the limits of your willpower.
So if you’re looking for a fun way to get in shape, looking for a way to protect yourself, or in search of a way to relieve stress and sharpen yourself mentally, boxing is your answer! Give it a try today. Sign up for a trial class!
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