If your knowledge of boxing consists of the Rocky film series or Muhammad Ali quotes, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some interesting boxing facts that demonstrate how boxing can give your regular workout routine the one-two punch it desperately needs.
1. Alternative interval workout
When you think of cardio intervals, your mind automatically wanders to the treadmill or the stationary bike. Boringggggg. Before you throw in the towel on interval training, give boxing a try. A 30 minute session burns 297 calories, which burns roughly the same amount of calories as running for 30 minutes at a 6 mph pace. Sure, boxing burns a lot of calories, but is it really HIIT? Traditionally boxers fight intensely in the ring for 3 minutes at a time, but instead of letting their muscles cool down, they continue to spar with a punching bag or jump rope to keep their heart rate up. Fitness boxing classes offer the same interval training. You’ll quickly move from intense sparring with trainers to push-ups, then right into skipping rope.
* Calories burned depends on a variety of different factors which include, but are not limited to: age, weight, and level of effort. Calculations were based on a 150 pound female.
2. Anyone can do it
Did you just read that and laugh? While you may think that boxing is strictly for men, a lot of women are adding it to their gym routines. Fun fact: a lot of Victoria’s Secret models add boxing to their fitness regime to get in tip-top shape for their annual fashion show. Don’t think you can handle the intensity? Boxing is actually a great way to get your heart pumping for people who have lower body injuries.
3. Tones your whole body
Need an excuse to ditch the dumbbells? Look no further than a boxing session. Over the course of one small group boxing class, you’ll push yourself to the limits by throwing hundreds of kicks, punches, and other body weight exercises your trainer incorporates. In class, you’ll spar with other students and fight with a 100 pound punching bag. While you won’t be on the floor crunching your way to a six-pack, your core will get a serious workout as you twist from the hips to punch.
4. Great stress reliever
As you may know, one of the main benefits of regular exercise (besides weight loss) is that it relieves a lot of stress. Is work stressing you out? A family member getting under your skin? Take it out (healthily) on a punching bag. You’ll release endorphins because you’re working out and you’ll have the satisfaction of throwing some punches without hurting anyone. Now that’s a double whammy.
5. Enhances coordination
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Think of boxing as the chess of the fitness world. Whether you’re anticipating an opponent’s blow or the kick-back of a punching bag, you always need to be one step ahead. Over time, your hand-eye coordination will improve and you’ll become more graceful thanks to your fancy footwork.
Want to get in on the action? Check out our small group training schedule to see when a boxing class is coming to a gym near you.