Updated: May 5
Boxing is back at Harmony, and I am so excited! Boxing is a fantastic addition to your workout routine, whether you are an ultimate beginner or an avid fitness fanatic. Read below about the benefits of boxing and how they can add something different to your workout rotation.
Increased Cardiovascular Fitness
Boxing is an amazing blend of full body cardio and strength training all in one class. When you throw a punch, you're using a handful of muscles that are all contracting at the same time. This type of movement allows your heart rate to increase while building muscle. And over time, it can help you build your cardiovascular strength, stamina, and endurance. This means that you can train at a higher intensity in all workouts.
Boxing requires stability and balance, which puts an emphasis on core engagement. Your core (abs, obliques, and back) will work overtime to make sure you stay balanced and centered as you throw out punches. The fast pace of rotations will strengthen your entire core area which will give you a strong foundation for all kinds of workouts. After a boxing session, you will most definitely feel it in the core the next day!
Moving multiple body parts at one time requires a good mind-body connection. Boxing helps train your motor skills and will give you the chance to build your coordination. This can be transferred over into other activities and included in your day-to-day life.
Boxing can help you release stress or give you the chance to shed negative energy by transferring it into something positive (working out). Throwing out jabs and punches can release endorphins and effectively turn that negativity into positivity. Those worries or stresses can melt away in just 60 minutes.
Completing a boxing class effectively means being fully present, both physically and mentally. The different combinations and applying the correct technique keeps your brain engaged for the whole class. It's training your brain without you even knowing.
Motivating yourself can be difficult. The great thing about boxing is that you are never alone. You always have people there to push you to your limits – even if you just met them in the class. Whether you are doing partner pad work, or just punching next to someone, it is fantastic motivation to work out as a collective to achieve one unanimous goal.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and add Boxing to your routine:
5:50am Wednesdays – Cardio Boxing @ Orfus 6:00am Fridays – RBX (Boxing) @ Orfus 9:30am Fridays – RBX (Boxing) @ Orfus 10:45am Saturday – Power Boxing @ Orfus
This post was written by Bethany Wright. She loves to dance, enjoys watching football (soccer), and is an avid gym-goer. She just recently made the move to Toronto from England and you can join Bethany on her Canadian adventure by following her Instagram page @britinthesix.