Boxing is one of the most popular contact sports and thousands of people flock to packed arenas to watch the sport’s greats throw down in high intensity bouts. Boxing isn’t just a high intensity, messy sport; the fast paced movement, demand on balance and control, and core work involved makes it the perfect cardio activity to get you up and moving without having to do the boring cardio machines that line modern day gyms. The benefits of boxing training for the average individual are numerous; from cardiovascular health to core strength and endurance, there are many perks incorporating a few boxing sessions a month into your routine!
Cardiovascular and Physical Benefits
Boxing is a physically demanding activity; it is extremely quick paced and you’ll be moving back and forth constantly. This footwork is intense cardio for your boxing while also being fun and mentally challenging. Like with any other cardio activity, this high demand on your cardiovascular system only helps to improve its function and capacity; this improved function carries over to your life in many ways, stairs are easier to climb and you’ll find it much easier to enjoy long walks out on the town with your family.
Boxing does not just improve cardiovascular health, but it can also help build lean muscle mass and increase your overall strength. Boxing demands much of your core, all of the strength of a punch is actually built in the transverse plane, generated primarily by your core and obliques; even boxing sessions with a focus on cardio require tons of punches, giving your core a killer workout!
Boxing is incredibly fun and easy to get into, all you need is a pair of wraps, the proper gym, and a good attitude; the activity is crazy for your core and burns a heck of lot of calories!
This post was written by Darryl Johnson, Co-Owner of Apex performance. At Apex performance we are a community of highly trained experts looking to provide performance enhancement and a permanent lifestyle change for our clients in a fun and interactive environment. Members can take advantage of boxing classes in Tampa, small group classes and specialized courses for a wide variety of athletics, sports training and body goals!