It’s the workout that has everyone obsessed. From Victoria’s Secret models shaping up for the catwalk to the white collar execs looking to blow off steam – the craze around boxing workouts seems to only ever be increasing and for good reason… Merging strength, cardio and conditioning into one sizzling session, it not only gets you results, quick, but it’s one workout that is damn empowering! Haven’t stepped into the ring yet? Let us fill you in on the 10 reasons why you should be incorporating boxing into your weekly workouts.
1. It increases your coordination
Remember the old float like a butterfly, sting like a bee quote? Boxing is all about fine-tuning those coordination skills, so you can move with the grace of a dancer and then throw down a fierce punch. As you’re working your way through strike combinations you’ll be seamlessly honing your fast hand-eye coordination to roll the punches out!
2. It’s a 2 in 1 combo
Though we are big fans of a hybrid workout, some workout classes that have you trekking from the treadmill to floor strength segments, just reminding you of all the work that is yet to come. Boxing, however, keeps your brain engaged and fast-tracks your cross-training, seamlessly merging both strength and cardio components in the 2 in 1 combo. You’ll be building strength and increasing your cardiovascular fitness lung through every section of the workout and getting in a well-rounded conditioning session.
3. It skyrockets your fitness levels
The combination of HIIT intervals, cardio drills and strength sequences within a boxing class makes this workout a killer for conditioning the entire body. You’ll be dripping with sweat, panting out of breath and thinking your arms might fall off in that final minute, but trust us, this workout will skyrocket your fitness levels!
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4. It enhances your body composition
Whilst it’s a workout focused on skill development, not on weight loss, we cannot deny that boxing sets ignites a transformation of your body composition. As you’re building muscle, burning fat and torching that metabolism, you’ll notice a definitive change in your shape towards a lean, fighting fit physique.
5. It carves out your core
Let us fill you in on a little secret. Boxing is our secret weapon to strengthening and toning the core. Without even addressing that burning core section included in most classes, the actual act of boxing drives power from the hips and waist, meaning your oblique’s and abdominals are fired up to nail that right hook. Don’t believe us? Just peep any of the pros…
6. It’s a skill-Based workout
Don’t be fooled, this is one workout that leaves you with more than just the physical side effects. With no wasted hours of boring cardio on a treadmill here, as you’re sweating you’ll be learning a new skill and productively enhancing your repertoire of knowledge. All about that upskilling in 2018!
7. It boosts your confidence
Want to feel like a badass? Nail a seriously tricky boxing combination and feel the power of your fist hitting the bag. As you’re learning new skills and becoming stronger, faster and fitter, this quality time spent on yourself will have you feeling all kinds of empowered. There’s simply no denying it, boxing boosts your confidence and makes you feel like a ninja!
8. It increases your mental focus
Think you can get through six rounds of strike without paying attention? Think again! Boxing requires you to focus purely on the task at hand, making it an ideal mindful movement workout. You’ll be strengthening those mind-body neural pathways and instantly reinforcing movement patterns to power through the combinations of jab, cross, hook and roll!
9. It benefits mental health
Boxing has been widely acknowledged to be an excellent workout for positive mental health and stress reduction. By physically relieving the body of any pent-up tensions and unleashing positive endorphins, you’ll notice a difference in your mood within the space of a session. Whether you’re tuning in to get some mental strength before a line-up of intense meetings or just blowing off steam after a long dark at work or, boxing will be benefitting your overall mental health.
10. You’ll equip yourself with self-defense techniques
When thinking of a workout that can aid you in circumstances of self-defense – boxing sure is up there. Whilst we strongly advocate that the answer to conflict is not with violence and hope you never find yourself in a situation where you must use your fists outside the Still boxing studio, it does bring peace of mind to know you are equipped with the capability of protecting yourself should it be necessary one day.