Looking and feeling good is something we all love but it’s heaps more awesome when you’re learning a skill which enables you to be able to kick a*s (if you ever need to!)
There’s a boxing craze at the moment. There’s now more boxing gloves being bought than yoga mats on Amazon, and that’s saying something! Celebs like Gigi Hadid, the Victoria Secret Girls: Giselle Bundchen, Adriana Lima, even Khloe Kardashian like it. Half their instagrams like it too!
Why we love boxing at 12 ROUND is that people can get a lot of the tension they’ve built up during the day. Maybe you’re already hooked, maybe you’re not but if you’re not you should think about getting on board!
Boxing with men has always had a steady base and fights like the Connor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight in August this year has helped raise the boxing profile further.
More impressive however is how boxing for women has taken off. Women are often initially intimidated by the idea of boxing, even those that are fit because it’s combative and the idea of changing body shapes to the stereotypical male image of a more bulky, muscly, less feminine body shape is not something women want. Boxing is a fantastic way of toning and sculpting muscles and the rest isn’t apart of reality
Punching a bag, skipping away, squatting, repetitive weight movements, the rowing, the cycle bike. All of this is incorporated into boxing training i a way that makes you’re body stronger and leaner, it is an all round exercise for women as well as men.
1. A healthy heart
The real benefit of exercise is keeping us healthy for longer. By keeping your heart strong you’ll be able to achieve this. Boxing is a great workout for your heart and so is HIIT because of the short bursts of intense exercise.
“You breathe heavily in a good boxing workout and this increases the rate at which your heart pumps blood around your body. An increased heart beat strengthens your heart's muscles and lowers your chances of developing cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes.
2. It makes you FIT
If you want to get the most out of your body then you need to work it the right way through a variety of different forms of exercise and keeping your heart rate at the right level. Just going to the gym and hopping on the cycle won’t cut it (sorry Anytime fitness!)
To achieve overall fitness you need aerobic and anaerobic exercise and both of these are in boxing workouts in spades. oxing is around 75% anaerobic and 25% aerobic. It helps maintain the heart rate at 80-85% regular heartbeat which is the recommended range if you are exercising.
This needs to be translated… and it all comes down to oxygen. Aerobic exercise is low energy exercise that can be done for extended periods of time - think yoga or swimming. Aerobic exercise is relatively gentle so your body can maintain a decent amount of oxygen which is then carried to your muscles to use as fuel. This type of exercise is good for burning fat and improving cardiovascular health.
Anaerobic exercise is any short, intense exercise like HIIT and uses up oxygen fast. Lactic acid is produced so your body will not be able to sustain its energy levels for long periods. This type of exercise increases your muscle mass, metabolism, endurance and your ability to keep fatigue at bay….therefore making you fitter.
Boxing is sounding good already heyyyyy
3. See you later calories
Boxing is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout so it goes without saying that it burns through HEAPS of calories.
An hour of boxing burns around 500 calories depending on your weight and the intensity of the workout. An advanced female boxer on a high intensity boxing workout can burn more than 800 calories an hour.
4. Burns fat fast
Boxing doesn't jus burn any fat, you also lose visceral fat which is the fat around the stomach.
Visceral fat is a key player in a variety of health concerns, so getting rid of it is critical.
Combining resistance work like push ups, lunges, ropes, the rowing machine, squats and other circuit style exercises make it all round. This is one of the best things about 12 ROUND. You turn up and all of this has been thought through, all you need to do is do it.
5. Get stronger
Strength training is even more important that burning fat and boxing has it in spades. It builds speed and endurance through involving different forms of movement and repetitive motions of the whole body. These repetitive movements build power all over your body, especially your arms, legs and core areas.
6. Busts stress
Punching it out ca be incredibly therapeutic. The punching motion relieves physical and mental stress. It can decrease stress hormones like cortisol and increase endorphins which make you feel good about yourself thereby increasing your natural confidence.
7. Tone up!
Because boxing is a high repetitive workout, it results in toning rather than building muscle. How good is that, especially before summer, when you’re launching into summer sports like paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking. Fun!
8. Workout your entire body
A boxing training session involves every muscle in the body - the core legs, arms, chest, shoulders, back muscles. Your abs and obliques will really awaken.
9. Boost your confidence
The contact when you make that popping sound of glove to pad is satisfying and when you begin doing combinations your self confidence can’t help but get a nudge. You feel strong and powerful and that’s energising.
10. Gain a buddy
When you box you generally do it in pairs which means that you are gaining buddy or getting to know heaps of people in a group environment and are ganging buddies in your network. Sometimes you don’t know where the conversations will lead you to in a career sense. It’s great to open up and chat as you’re going. It’s not all hard work!