There’s a reason why most personal trainers & boot camp instructors run boxing fitness workouts - it gets results!
When you look at the perfect athlete, chances are you thinking of a world class boxer. Boxers are the epitome of fitness. Visualise a boxer: rippling muscles with a low bodyfat percentage.
I think every personal training client / gym member would be delighted to have a boxer’s physique. According to an article published in NBC news (Ayuda, 2018), boxing has come in at number 1 in the top 8 fitness trends for a fitter 2018 https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/top-8-fitness-trends-fitter-2018-ncna834711
Your clients can get great results from a boxing for fitness workout because you are building lean muscle & increasing there metabolism, thus lowering bodyfat. As we know, lean muscle burns more calories.
Improves kinaesthetic intelligence:
Boxing pad training engages the mind and body to work in unison. Your mind and body are interlinked. Your body responds to your thoughts of the conscious and subconscious mind by using new boxing pad combinations your client is alert, contemplating and concentrating on the punching combination. When you’re walking, cycling, jogging or lifting weights normally, your conscious mind slips into an inattentive mindless rhythm normally training at once pace.
Punching boxing pads improves your hand and eye coordination:
Your reflexes and fast twitch muscle fibres are activated when boxing . Hand and-eye coordination can be improved by using boxing pad reflex drills with your client, and can help develop physical dexterity. Engaging the mind & body while exercising has shown to increase the memory.
A great aerobic & anaerobic workout:
Whenever a large amount of muscle groups is engaged in quick bursts of energy expenditure, eg HIIT or interval training the heart and lungs are called upon to perform at a very high rate this could be achieve be incorporating boxer’s footwork drills with boxing pad drills. With a sport such as walking or running, one has to push themselves to perform at an intense rate. But with boxing, the mere activity itself will soon have the heart and lungs pushed to the max.
You can use boxing as an EPOC workout:
EPOC is the acronym for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. What it means is that you burn more calories when your workout is finished, as well as improving a drastic increase in a person’s VO2 max (maximum aerobic capacity). With Boxing for fitness you could easily design a EPOC workout.
Increases Muscle Strength:
If there were any doubts in your mind about the cardio benefits of fitness boxing, those will be quelled within seconds of starting your workout. But don’t be fooled. Fitness boxing is an incredible resistance workout as well increasing strength.
It engages a variety of muscle groups at once, training the brain to use your muscles in unison.
Weight machines tend to isolate one muscle group at a time. While fitness boxing will tone the entire body, the core muscles will be especially strengthened.
In order to throw faster punches, you need to have the muscles in your abdomen and back fully engaged at all times. Having a strong core is imperative for good posture and protects clients from injury .
All exercise triggers that release of the hormone dopamine, which causes a feeling of well-being. But boxing in particular allows you to release any pent-up feelings of stress or anxiety, which can lower your blood pressure and help you to sleep better.
Finally, fitness boxing boosts confidence in both men and women. Being strong, stable on your feet, having quick reactions, excellent balance, and killer stamina, are all traits that make us feel in control and ready to take on any challenge.
If you’re ready to progress to a new level of athleticism, then fitness boxing is the activity that will take you there.
Garry Wasson is the director of Excel Self-defence & Blue Cattle dog boxing he is the developer of Elite Fitness Boxing Trainer which is a nationally approved online & face to face fitness boxing course for fitness professionals.