Boxing Fitness classes are not only fun but they can be a hell of a workout! There are some things you should know before starting.
6 Things you need to know for your Boxing Fitness Class
1. Not all boxing classes are the same.
First, traditional boxing gym’s have typically one purpose, to get you ready to box another person. These classes are a good workout that include footwork, drills, pad-work, and sparing. Quick warning, you will get punched in these gyms. Next, is Cardio Kickboxing. These classes have been around for a while. They are fast paced classes that keep the tempo up, similar to a dance or step class. While these classes can be great for burning calories, they rarely incorporate proper Kickboxing and Boxing form. Lastly, there are Boxing Fitness classes. I will be covering this type of class throughout this article. This type of class is a great fitness workout, through fundamentals of boxing. While it does have some self defense benefits, this class will not get you ready for competitive boxing. A class like this should have limited to no sparing.
2. Full Body workout
Most people think arms and shoulders when envisioning a boxing workout. This is true, however boxing fitness is a total body workout! Almost every muscle is engaged in this style of training.
3. Balance is Key
Many folks I come across (especially guys), want to throw the big knockout punch. While having power behind a punch is important, I believe other skills need to be mastered first. Balance is the first topic in class that we cover. Without good balance, power and speed are relatively useless.
4. Technique first
Next, I stress technique and fundamental boxing. For us (and any other legitimate boxing classes), the fundamentals need to come first. These are important to not only to build from and improve, but to keep you from getting injured. Basic question should be; Are your hands in the correct position? Are you setting up off the Jab?
5. Moving and throwing punches at the same time is hard!
Boxing looks pretty easy, right? A boxer needs to be able to move his or her feet in all directions; forward, backward, left and right, and sometimes even diagonally. They need to do this while setting up their next punch. It is even harder if someone is throwing punches back at you. In our class, it’s pads that the boxer has to defend – by dogging and blocking. It takes time to master putting it together but with consistency in practice, improvement is inevitable!
6. The Class moves fast!
Not only will you move a lot during these classes, time will seem to fly by as well. In our classes, I often hear (with surprise in their voices) “We’re done?”. I feel this is a benefit to working out hard! The class is seemingly over in the blink of an eye. Consequently, people are enjoying themselves so much, they are upset when the buzzer sounds!
If you are interested in boxing as a workout, but do not want to jump in the ring just yet, I highly recommend you taking a Boxing Fitness class first.