Boxing classes are one of the best ways to get a full-body workout and get good feeling endorphins flowing all at once. When you add boxing classes to your workout game you’ll maximize your time and efforts in a fun supportive group environment that will help you push your limits. You’ll be surrounded by likeminded people, all of whom have fitness goals similar to yours: get in shape, and burn off extra calories. For those who have never thought about trying boxing take a look at it through fresh eyes. This is one of the hottest and most effective workouts around. It might be time for you to try this energizing new workout that will work all major muscle groups at one, burn fat, and let you work out a little aggression, too. Intrigued? Then read on…
Give Stress a Knockout Punch
In times of great stress, have you ever done something you regretted later? If you haven’t, that’s great…it sounds like you’ve got superior stress-management skills. The truth is, though, there are many of us who need to find constructive ways to cope with stress. If you’ve never taken a few swings at a mitt, or a heavy bag, you’ll have to take our word for it: few activities feel any better, or more satisfying. Even if you’re just shadowboxing…punching the air…it’s a fantastic release for all the latent adrenaline that’s building up in your body, stressing out those poor muscles.
There should be no shame in getting stressed out. We all have our triggers: perhaps it’s a traffic jam that made you late for work, a boss that knows just how to push your buttons, or a family member that always pushes you right to the limit. The important thing is that we find healthy ways to deal with that stress, instead of getting a bad case of road rage, saying something to our boss that we’ll regret later, or screaming at a family member who we actually love dearly. Coping with stress the right way is a mature, healthy, and responsible thing to do. So, go after that mitt or heavy bag, and let go of some of that anger. Negativity doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Channeled properly, it can be very manageable, and letting go of it can be cathartic. The last thing you want to do is let bad thoughts and feelings adversely affect your relationships with those you care about.
A Workout for Every Muscle
Boxing exercise classes usually involves following a leader, the same as taking a yoga or spin class. This probably means doing a series of boxing moves, choreographed to some upbeat music. Those moves might include combinations of different types of punches…uppercuts, hooks, jabs, among others…along with squats, and quick steps. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. The trainer will be happy to give you some one-on-one pointers before or after class, and you should pick things up quickly, even if you don’t have any prior boxing or martial arts experience.
If you would prefer not to jump into a class immediately, the other thing you can do is seek out individual instruction. A trainer will be happy to show you some typical boxing exercises, such as punching and stretching. After you’re feeling a bit more confident, you can join the class. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll find that boxing is a great way to tone and tighten the upper body, core, and lower body. Done together, you have an effective low-impact aerobic workout that will get your heart pumping, your blood flowing, and doesn’t neglect a single body part.
Exterminate Excess Calories
One of the primary reasons most people go to the gym is to burn off those extra calories and relieve stress. As it turns out, that might be the biggest incentive for incorporating boxing into your workouts. Since boxing really is a whole-body workout, you’ll be burning twice as many calories as you would through jogging or cycling…and that’s not to mention the shredded abs you’ll be rocking after a few months of persistent training with this exciting new exercise routine. You’ll be thanking us when beach season rolls around, so glove up, and start throwing a few calorie-burning punches!
One of the biggest reported reasons that people give up on their workout routines is boredom, and not feeling like they’re being challenged, or pushed to their limits. With boxing, the likelihood of that happening is virtually zero. You’ll be surrounded by other enthusiastic people who are looking to shed pounds, build muscle, and work out some of that unhealthy aggression that builds up sometimes as part of our daily lives. Getting rid of that stress in a positive way has more benefits than just looking better. It’s thought that long-term stress can be a contributing factor when it comes to heart attacks, strokes, heart disease, and a litany of other problems. Don’t go out like that…lace up your gloves, and fight back! If you live in or around Santa Monica, boxing classes at IRON can be a new and exciting part of your life. What are you waiting for?