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If You Are Stuck in a Rut, Why Not Try Boxing?

January 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

When you bring up the subject of boxing, the majority of people visualise two robust athletes in a ring, pumped up on adrenaline and attempting to destroy each other with their fists. Boxing for fitness is something altogether different where entire classes of people can get a great workout from a non-contact version of the sport. Boxing is fast becoming a popular way to exercise and keep fit, and it isn't difficult to understand why when you consider all the benefits the sport has to offer. You will see increased agility, speed, endurance, coordination and strength. You will learn the proper way to control your feet and the basic boxing stance. You will learn the basic punches like the jab, the hook, and the uppercut and how to combine them all effectively. Boxing is not just a sport for self defence, although you will learn how to properly throw a punch. And it will increase your self-confidence knowing that if anything was to go awry you should be able to defend yourself.

So you may wonder how I got started in boxing. I was already at the gym quite often, three or four times a week, but I was only doing weight training. I did absolutely zero cardio and despite being stronger and more muscular I was still soft around the midsection. The thought of running had no appeal for me whatsoever, so getting on a treadmill was not an option. I thought of maybe going with my girlfriend to one of her group fitness classes, but hardly any other guys went so I quickly lost interest in that. After a conversation with my boss at lunch one day he suggested I come along to a boxing session. He is an incredibly fit man in his 40s. The guy is absolutely ripped, six-pack and everything, so when he talks about getting fit I listen. He offered to let me borrow a pair of boxing gloves, and told me all I needed to bring was a bottle of water and a towel.

It was a little challenging as I had never tried boxing before. The man who would soon become my sparring partner informed me boxing is something anybody can do. So off I went to the gym to give boxing a try. First we went through a 15 minute warm up session, then 30 minutes of sparring, and then a 15 minute cool down. I experienced a whole new world of pain! It was not a result of being hit in the ring; remember this is a non-contact form of boxing. It was my muscles that were burning like they had never burned before. Even muscles that I didn't imagine I would be using hurt. My shoulders, my legs, my core...everything was on fire. I thought I would never get back to the gym, but after a couple of days of recovery I gave it another go. Knowing the moves gave me a better work out, and I was more prepared mentally this time. I kept going week after week and began to notice that I was starting to trim up a little and that spare tyre around the midsection was fading away. Because boxing is a workout with high repetition, you will see more body toning than muscle building. That combined with a nutritious diet will show you results very quickly.

If I've learnt anything from the experience it is not to be afraid to try something new. No matter what your skill or fitness level is, boxing is good for you because it can be modified to increase or decrease intensity and complexity of the workout. There is simply no valid reason for not giving boxing a try. Not only is boxing a great way to workout, it gives you the opportunity to destress and vent your frustrations on the boxing pads. Boxing is a high intensity program of exercise. It targets numerous large muscle groups, which assures you a program for toning and building strength while you also become more in shape and better fit. The gym is a great place to hang out with a mate and get a little competitive if you wish, but try and keep it above the belt.

We have all been in a rut, locked in a pattern of circumstances that we can't seem to get out of. Sometimes, those circumstances change by themselves, but more often we need to take action to ensure that we don't become stuck in a rut. We aim to help you get out of a rut knowing they can affect any facet of life.

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