When you think of boxing, two men easily come to mind. Boxing has long been a spectator sport. For decades, legends of the ring have turned in incredible performances. Names like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Manny Pacquiao come to mind.
These days, however, if you walk into a boxing gym in Singapore, you’ll see almost as many women and men. Boxing has gained immense popularity as a fitness program, self-defense program, and martial art amongst both genders. More and more people are taking up boxing every day to help them get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Today, more women are beginning to train in boxing due to a number of factors. First of all, it’s very easily accessible with boxing gyms very much prolific now. Secondly, it’s pretty simple to pick up and practice, and a lot of fun too. You could say that boxing is the perfect gateway martial art.
Whether it’s to have a leaner, more toned body, or just a way to release stress on the daily, boxing training has become a viable option for women.
According to various surveys and studies, the number of women training in boxing has increased exponentially over the past decade. In the last few years alone, women have taken up 40% of classes on average. Some boxing gyms even have classes dedicated to women only.
Why are women racing to don the boxing gloves and step into the ring? Let’s find out. Today, Evolve Daily shares five reasons why more women than ever are joining boxing gyms.
Over the past few years, martial arts and boxing gyms have sprouted on virtually every corner. No matter where you reside, there is always a local gym nearby that you can join, and Singapore is no exception. Accessibility has then become one of the major reasons why membership has increased.
Evolve MMA alone has four different gyms in prime and accessible locations in Singapore. The commute then is never a problem, as gyms are easy to get to. There are also different class schedules throughout the day that cater to different kinds of people. Based on your schedule, you shouldn’t find it difficult to join a boxing class, no matter when you plan to step into the gym.
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So whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, there’s a class available for you.
Some boxing gyms even offer online tutorial classes to help you practice at home, even when you don’t have time to head off to the gym.
Boxing is quite easy to pick up and learn, and you can perform some drills anywhere, like shadow boxing, for example, or strength and conditioning drills.
2) Improves Physical Capability and Athleticism
Boxing comprises a multitude of techniques and movements that range from simple to complex. It’s no wonder boxers have tremendous reflexes because boxing classes improve alertness and coordination.
It’s as intense as a physical workout can get, and will certainly help whip you into shape in no time. Women of today are more physically active and fit and love to work out. Boxing helps to improve physical capability and athleticism, giving women more strength, flexibility, agility, and endurance to participate in sports and strenuous activities.
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Through boxing, agility and balance can be improved after some time. Your body learns how to respond quickly inside the ring, and this is a transferable skill. People who suffer from poor coordination and balance can reinforce and strengthen these skills through boxing.
Not only that, but boxing also improves mental capacity by improving focus, clarity, and sharpness. It’s the total body workout we’ve always wanted and craved.
3) A Great Full-body Workout
Just like any good fitness program, a boxing class is a great total body workout that targets all the major muscle groups, shapes and tones your body, burns fat, and builds cardiovascular strength and endurance.
Boxers need to be nimble and light on their feet, so they are constantly on the move, even when they’re in one spot, in order to be prepared to react to their opponents. Exercises like skipping rope, jumping jacks, shadow boxing, and HIIT drills are all great for physical conditioning.
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This incessant movement keeps the heart rate elevated, which in turn maintains the intensity of the workout at a level that’s great for fat burning. Blend this with the powerful and fast moves of the upper body, and the intensity increases, consuming even more calories.
Those who aim to lose weight are in for a treat. Boxing is one of the most effective martial arts for weight loss.
A boxing class consists of upper body and lower body workouts and drills, involving punching combinations and footwork. You’ll learn how to throw jabs, straights, hooks, and uppercuts, while learning how to shuffle your feet, bob and weave, and slip punches.
With all this movement, it’s no wonder a one-hour boxing class burn at least 600 calories.
4) Builds Confidence and Helps Fight Stress
Punching a punching bag, or hitting the pads with a trainer, is such an important activity. It builds confidence and helps fight stress. There’s nothing quite like it, boxing classes are loads of fun.
Boxing is also a great stress reliever. In this day and age, a lot of us have difficulty relieving stress, and that tends to build up over a period of time. We all need an outlet to relieve stress and improve their inner being.
Training is a channeling of emotions through a very physical outlet. So whatever frustrates or upsets you in life, if you take it into a boxing class, you’re likely to leave it there.
Doing this on a consistent basis can also help people cope better with everyday stress, and many people who box regularly report an increased level of confidence to assert themselves in situations in which they would have previously remained passive.
5) To Learn Self-Defense
Last but certainly not least, women take up boxing to empower themselves with the knowledge of self-defense. It’s everyone’s basic right to learn how to protect themselves, especially women.
Self-defense is such an important life skill. You can never predict when you’ll be required to use self-defense skills in a real-world situation, but it’s always good to have those skills when you need them.
Women take up boxing because it’s easy to learn. Though it takes years to master, the basics are simple enough to pick up that even after just a few sessions, women already gain a basic understanding of how to defend themselves against an attack.
Self-defense skills are so important in this day and age. Combined with improved athleticism, having ample boxing skills to save your own life is definitely worth the effort of learning this sport.
So if you’ve never step foot in a boxing gym before, now’s your chance. Sign up for a complimentary trial class today!
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