Boxing doesn’t have to be in your blood for you to be good at it. Heavyweight boxing champions Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier may have passed down their fighting spirit to their daughters Laila Ali and Jackie Frazier-Lyde, respectively, but it doesn’t mean you should be intimidated by the sport. Some of our staffers have found a new love for the Victoria Secret Angel-approved workout.
Receiving Manager Gina Beach loves a group fitness class. She goes to yoga and takes dance classes at 305 Fitness regularly. She started boxing three years ago at Shadowbox because "it was a buzzy thing," Gina said. Unlike other group classes, it is impossible to slack, she explained. "Mentally, you have to keep yourself motivated. You have to push yourself or you'll get hit!"
Though challenging, boxing can be a fun workout, especially at beginner-friendly gyms like Rumble. It has aqua training bags that are easier on your hands. Aileen McBride, director of e-commerce merchandising goes there with her friends who want to try boxing for the first time. “Nothing beats hitting a bag for a little bit of therapy and stress relief,” she said. Aileen has been boxing for more than a year. “Since day one I’ve been raving about it nonstop,” Aileen said. She now has a personal trainer and she is training for her first fight. "I like things that are mentally challenging," she said. "You have to think when you work out.”
Here are seven things you may not know about boxing:
- Boxing burns between 300 and 500 calories in a half-hour which is on par with running for 30 minutes without being nearly as taxing on the legs.
- Boxing gives you a flatter stomach more quickly than sit-ups. Core stability is a crucial part of a boxing workout as well as twisting your core to throw a solid punch. (Your power actually comes from your legs.) “It’s a lot of full-effort movement,” Aileen said. These repetitive movements over 30-minute periods give you a better core than sit-ups alone and without straining your neck. Bonus: your legs and butt get toned too!
- Boxing is a two-for-one cardio and strength workout because it both raises your heart rate and allows you to use the weight of your body to build strength.
- Boxing requires balance, coordination and grace much like yoga or dancing. “They say if you’re a good dancer, you’ll be a good boxer,” Aileen said.
- There is never a dull moment in boxing. There is always something new to learn so your mind never gets bored and your body doesn’t plateau. Your fitness continues to improve with each spar. "You can see yourself getting better." Gina said.
- A boxing workout can be a solo sport. Although you need to work with a trainer to learn proper technique to avoid injury, practicing moves can be done alone in your home if you have a matt, hand wraps and gloves. Plus, the conditioning portion of the workout such as jumping rope, push-ups and shadowboxing doesn’t require a partner.
- Boxing is fashion-approved. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander Wang have all referenced boxing in their collections way before athleisure was a trend. TAG Heuer is also following suit.