BOXING FITNESS FAQ’S
Boxing training is one of the most popular fitness regimes available in the modern age of physical fitness training. And you can forget about getting punched in the head and looking like Rocky at the end of his fights!
Boxing training for fitness is all about utilizing the training and diet regimes used by the best boxing trainers and professional boxers in the world.
What will I be doing during a class?
A typical class will start with a warm up, followed by pulsating hour of fun punching bags, floor to ceiling balls, working the punch pads, skipping and so much more!
Classes will teach you how to punch properly — it’s all about technique, not strength.
There are four main punches to learn:
The Jab, Straight, Hook and the Uppercut.
All of these punches can be delivered with either the left or right hand, thought a jab is delivered with the leading hand of your stance. Your instructor will tell you which punch combinations you’ll be doing, and may also get you to change partners part-way through the work-out.
Don’t think that boxing is an easy ride, though: it’s seriously hard work. Boxing is a high intensity, full body workout that will keep you moving the whole time. When will not only be throwing a punch or combinations of punches, you’ll be ducking and weaving – or doing squats and abdominal work.
Will I get hurt?
There is absolutely no body contact in our boxercise classes, so the risk of getting hurt is minimal.
One thing to check when you’re signing up is that the instructor taking the class is qualified to teach boxing. They must have some kind of boxing certification otherwise, if for some reason you do get hurt, they are not covered by insurance. If you’re new to the sport, make sure that the instructor takes some time out to explain the moves.
They must have some kind of boxing certification otherwise, if for some reason you do get hurt, they are not covered by insurance. If you’re new to the sport, make sure that the instructor takes some time out to explain the moves.
What benefits will I see?
Weight loss, increased agility and coordination, muscle tone and greater fitness all result from boxing. Many people think that boxing is all about the arms but it is actually a cardio work-out for the whole body. It’s especially good for toning your bottom and quadricep muscles, which is perfect for women who want to lose weight around their bottom and thighs as part of an overall body toning program.
There’s no need to worry about bulking up. Boxing is very much a high repetition work-out so you’ll see tone rather than muscle. It’s also very empowering and people really get pumped up and stuck into it during the moves.
While it’s not a self-defence lesson, by the end of the first class, you should be able to throw a solid punch.
Is there anything to be cautious of?
Weak wrists are probably the only thing that might present a problem. However once you learn how to punch properly, you shouldn’t be putting any unnecessary strain on your wrists. The aim of your punches is also important. Align your punches correctly and your knuckles should feel no pain.
You should wrap your hands with boxing hand wraps for extra support.
Learn to punch straight, too, for the sake of your partner – the last thing they need is a broken nose! It may feel easy to punch straight when it’s one jab at a time, but after 100 consecutive punches and 20 sit-ups, true aim can prove to be more of a challenge.
A couple of sessions with a personal trainer should see you right, if you can afford it.
How long till I see results?
If you do 3 classes a week for a month you will definitely notice a difference in weight and tone. As long as you follow a healthy eating plan and try and include one further cardio class in your schedule a week then you’ll see quite dramatic results.
How much is a class?
A one-off membership payment of $70 is required to train at Gloveworkx although try a session out first to see if it’s for you before paying, there are no binding contracts. So pay as you go from then on!