A while back I committed myself to an intense exercise routine known as BOXERCISE. I will admit, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The instructor/owner of the gym is this cool guy from work, firm but not your GI JOE type. I was invited by a friend and thought ‘If she can do it, the I can’. Honestly there was nothing shouting “Run, it’s a death trap” to me. So I went.
What is it about?
Boxercise is an exercise class based on the training concepts boxers use to keep fit. Classes can take a variety of formats but a typical one may involve a bit of cardio, shadow-boxing, skipping, hitting pads, kicking punchbags, press-ups, shuttle-runs and sit-ups. Most boxercise classes are aimed at men and women of all ages and fitness standards. As no class involves the physical hitting of an opponent, it is a fun, very challenging and safe workout.
What I loved
Increases mental agility: Sports behavioural studies have shown that the training techniques adopted by boxers using punchbags and sparring lead to superior decision-making skills
Improves hand- eye coordination:… on both the left and right side of the body. Unlike asymmetrical sports such as tennis and golf, your body improves evenly on both sides, reducing postural misalignment
Increases stamina: Research has estimated that boxing is 70%-80% anaerobic (high-intensity) and 20%-30% aerobic; training increases stamina in heart and lungs.
Raises core strength: To take a punch and hold your balance, your abdominals need to be strong and toned – this strong core stability can reduce the risk of back pain and improve posture. My stomach is looking leaner and flat, way better than before
Strengthens muscles: Boxing improves muscle strength used in everyday activities, as well as the ‘fast twitch’ muscle fibres required for shorter, more explosive movements
What I hated
It’s addictive: I think I got the the over-training mode because I enjoyed it so much. If I missed a class, it just felt sluggish.
Protect your thumbs: If you love long nails like me, it’s a bit of a challenge in the beginning. I didn’t know how to even fold my fingers correctly into a punch. Fingers are vulnerable to strains; so it is important that you learn to strap effectively, and if wearing gloves, tuck your thumbs in.
Who do I recommend
Evolution Boxing and Fitness at Boskruin Village
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