If you are looking to add something to your workout routine, or just to get in shape, I can’t recommend boxing enough.
Personally, I started it for a few different reasons, such as to get into shape, do something for cardio, and also to learn some new skills.
Man, boxing has not disappointed. I actually have come to find a passion of mine in the process. Not saying the same will happen for you, just my experience. I do know quite a few regular people who go to my boxing gym, who learned about it there, and they too feel the same; and not people you’d stereotypically expect.
Benefits Of Boxing For Your Workout
Get In Great Shape: One thing that will happen, if you stick with it, is that you will get in amazing shape, and maybe the best shape of your life. I have done a little sparring, and I can not believe the cardio that it takes. Just try that some time and you will see what I mean, unreal.
Even if you don’t want to actually box someone and get hit, it is still a great workout, doing the different drills, and I never have found it to be boring.
Works All Your Muscles: You may not have thought about this. I didn’t until I actually tried it, but yeah, boxing works all of your muscles, and not only strengthens and builds some muscle, but also is an awesome cardio workout that you can use towards your weight loss goals.
Never Gets Boring: This is a bit subjective, and I eluded to this earlier, but it is worth the mention. So many workouts get boring after a while, whether some kinds of HIIT, running, walking, riding the bike. But boxing is so interesting, and challenging, to me, where I have yet to ever get bored with it, after over 3 years of consistent weekly training.
Good Community Atmosphere: Granted this is not something appealing to everyone, especially someone with a grudge who need to let off some steam and punch something. But I have found there is a great camaraderie that gets built at the boxing gym. In both aspects as well, sparring and just people doing it for fitness.
People who spar just build a bond, that you likely would only understand after trying it. But after sparring sessions, everyone typically chills, which reminds me of back in high school at a party when people were buzzed. And for fitness people, it’s similar, after having survived the intense workout, there is a bit of a bond you build.
Build Muscle and Burn Fat: This has been my personal experience. Not only did I do pretty well losing weight, and getting rid of some excess fat, but I also saw some muscle development. I noticed some definition in my shoulders that I was not able to get from doing shoulder exercises, lifting weights.
Granted the fat burning was also in part due to my diet, but some of that is from the calories burned during the workout. Believe it or not you can burn up to 800 or even a thousand calories in an intense 1 hour boxing workout.