The Fitness Benefits of Boxing

Boxing is the Best of all Cross Training

He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.  The greatest?  Perhaps.  I will acknowledge that Mohammed Ali’s athletic abilities were legendary.   If you look at Ali and other boxers, you can’t help but admire their physique.  Muscular but trim, they not only look great with no shirt, they find an ideal balance between strength, agility, speed, balance and endurance.  Also, it’s not limited to their upper body.  Take a look at their legs; cut and muscular they derive a great deal of their fire power from the ground up.

Try boxing a round of 3 minutes non –stop; it’s exhausting.  However, I appreciate not everyone wants to box and either beat up or be beaten up by an opponent.  However, there are a few ways to realize boxing benefits without the punishment.

I found in my gym I can rely on many of the same training tactics of a boxer without all the physical abuse.  Fortunately, my health club teaches a variety of classes (group fitness rocks) which gives you the advantage of a personal trainer without spending tons of money.

One of the classes I take often is called NON CONTACT BOXING.  Boxing training classes like this became main stream a few years ago. People quickly realized the benefits on the cardiovascular system combined with toning of the muscles by these boxing training workouts. Tae Bo work out videos also popularized boxing and kickboxing exercises. Billy Blanks maintained his new found fame by providing an excellent video on how to box at home.  He also offers boxing gloves with bands attached to ensure good form while you punch.  Check out his website here. .   For additional boxing advice you can turn to click here .  It provides short cuts and techniques to quickly master the art and science of throwing (and taking if you wish) a punch.  If you want a how to, this YouTube video shows you.

Other classes called “Cardio boxing” teach innovative variations of jabs, power punches, defense, and fitness in the form of heavy duty aerobics exercise. You learn the proper execution of the punch and kick combinations for an intense workout that can help you become stronger and more confident.   When I started taking the class, I had no idea the importance of form when throwing a punch (at a bag or a protected instructor so no one gets hurt).  I was amazed at the amount of power you can generate.  Also, although you don’t always notice, your leg strength will improve as they are critical to generate the power that begins at your feet, move up the legs, and gets transferred from your core into your hands.

Normally, the combinations you perform on the blocks, jabs, and kicks are executed to an imagined opponent or on a heavy bag.  You may see classes where participants throw punches and kicks in the air. You will also find training classes that have the option of working with a partner that has padded hands.

Moreover, these boxing training classes improve your speed, resistance, and strength. Flexibility and the reflexes of the muscles are also enhanced. Repetitive motion on arms by sparring and jogging while you punch helps your arms and legs gain strength and power.  These movements also require you to develop balance and coordination that enables your body to be stable and maintain good form.

Positive results await you with boxing training. You will enjoy a physically fit body and will keep you in better shape. Whether at home or in the gym, give it a try.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply