Getting Ready to Rumble!
Everybody wants a great body, but where do you start? You might have tried the latest diet or exercise fad and lasted maybe a month. There’s so much misinformation about how to get a lean and tight body that you’re ready to give up. Don’t give up. Fitness boxing might be the last exercise program that you’ll ever need.
Why choose Fitness Boxing?
If someone were to tell you about an exercise program that could firm your shoulders, flatten your abs, chisel your hips, sculpt your legs, and tone your back and arms in just minutes a day, and they told you the program was easy, affordable and fun, wouldn’t you want to jump on that particular bandwagon?
If your answer is yes, fitness boxing is for you.
What is Fitness Boxing?
Fitness boxing (aka Cardio Boxing) is a workout that combines traditional boxing moves and training approaches with modern cardiovascular and muscle-conditioning methods. This combination has extraordinary total body conditioning benefits accessible to everyone who wants the best workout of their lives.
In Many respects, fitness boxing is a new take on ancient activity turned sport. People have been sparring from the beginning of recorded history. Historians note that boxing appeared as an Olympic event in the seventh century B.C.E. Back then, the sport was more about avoiding your opponent’s fist than it was about hitting. Bouts including hitting, kicking, grappling, head-butting, and even choking, and ended when the contestants grew too weary to continue or when they died.
Boxing disappeared for several centuries after the Romans banned it right before the beginning of the Common Era. It reappeared in England in the late 1600’s, and over the next few centuries underwent a few refinements.
Boxers used gloves instead of their bare hands. They boxed for a specific number of 3-minute rounds instead of continuing until someone dropped. Hitting below the belt was prohibited and wrestling or grappling move, were significantly reduced.
Boxing is generally thought of as a man’s sport, at least until fairly recently, but there have been plenty of female boxers over the centuries. According to the Women’s Boxing Archives Network, there are records of fights between women going back to the early 1700s. Unlike men, female boxes were allowed to use their hands, knees and feet in their bouts. Women’s boxing was part of the third Olympic Games, and in the 1920, boxing was a part of the physical training program for young women in Boston.
Sports enthusiasts have long known the benefit of training like a boxer; how the moves and the cardio workouts necessary to create enough stamina to go the distance in the ring built strong, lean bodies and hearts conditioned like racehorses.
As such, boxing equipment such as speed bags, jump ropes, and heavy bags have long been common in gyms and fitness centres. Some people have even taking boxing lessons and learned how to spar just to reap the benefits of training like a boxer, not necessarily because they had any interest in fighting.
When aerobics became a big thing in the 1970s, instructors often included basic boxing punches and steps to keep routines fresh. Over time, some classes began to focus more on boxing moves, and another fitness craze was born. Or perhaps better put, reborn.
Today, fitness boxing is a standard component of class rosters as more and more people discover the benefits of this type of physical training. As they do, they’re also helping to spread the word about safe, inexpensive exercise approach that builds strong hearts and great looking muscles that is easy to learn and fun to do. What’s more, fitness boxing appeals to both men and women, which makes it a great couple’s workout, too.
Sweet Science: Hilary Swank trained like a boxer for only three months to prepare for her Oscar-winning role in the 2004 movie ‘Million Dollar Baby’. Her buff, toned body is testimony to how effective boxing workouts are.
Unlike contact boxing, in fitness boxing you don’t have to worry about protecting certain body parts from coming into contact with someone else’s fists. You’ll never come out of a fitness boxing session sporting a shiner. About the only protection you’ll need are hand wraps and practice gloves if you decide to work out with a heavy bag. But here’s what’s so great about fitness boxing – you can get a great workout without hitting anything at all. You can if you want to, but it’s not a requirement of the program.
What Fitness Boxing is not
As previously mentioned, fitness boxing is non-contact boxing, it isn’t an exercise or training program designed to prepare you for sparring or ring fighting, although you might decide to do one or the other, or both, at some point along the way.
Also, unlike other self-defence or martial arts-style exercise programs, fitness boxing itself won’t prepare you for defending yourself, because you don’t make physical contact with your partner. Although fitness boxing is not a full-blown self-defence program, a great side benefit is that you learn some self-defence moves that will help you move more confidently wherever you are. This added confidence can make you less of a target should you find yourself in a threatening situation.
Fitness boxing also isn’t cardio-kicking or kickboxing. Although you’ll get a great lower-body workout, it doesn’t involve the kicks that these programs call for, which can be difficult to learn correctly and carry higher potential for injury.
Building Great Bodies
For starters, fitness boxing is simply fun. When you’re having fun, you’re more likely to stick with any exercise program. It will improve your general level of fitness and keep your healthier in the long run. Fitness boxing is fun and conditions the body and burns fat like no other.
What’s more, it works faster and delivers better results than just about any other fitness program out there. Fitness boxing is so effective because you use your whole body and there is so much variety that your muscles are always guessing what comes next.
Fitness Boxing borrows different components of exercise from different disciplines to hone your body fast – and the results will last. You do moves to improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, power, and balance.
How? Improving your health and fitness calls for two things: cardiovascular conditioning and building muscular strength and endurance. Fitness Boxing’s combination of boxing moves and techniques, coupled with cardiovascular and muscle training will get you into the greatest condition of your life.