Boxing is now one of the most popular ways to get fit. To see the top boxers in action don’t miss the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow. Men and (for the first time ever) women will spend eight tough days fighting for the boxing gold medal. As one of the toughest commonwealth sports, you’ve got to be super fit, quick and skilful to be a great boxer.
If you’re after a lean, strong, sculpted body then boxing will deliver. Fast. A high intensity workout (often 70% anaerobic), it’s one of the best sports to increase muscle tone, lose weight, boost cardio and strengthen your core. 3 classes a week will get you fighting fit within 3 months.
Boxing is also ideal for anyone wanting to shed weight, burning 350 – 500 calories an hour. It’s particular good for women wanting to lose lower-body fat as bottoms and quadriceps are worked hard.
Body combat. A challenging cardio workout combining karate, boxing, tai-chi and taekwondo. Lots of fun with powerful music and energetic instructors.
Boxercise. Based on the same conditioning training boxers use but without the contact. Expect kicking, punchbags, skipping, press ups and traditional shadow-boxing moves.
Thai boxing. Increasingly popular in the UK, it’s like regular boxing but with kicks, knee and elbow strikes. Check out this video for a demo.
Boxing courses. You can also take short boxing courses. Fightfit offer 6 week classes at various gyms around the country.
Why not commit to try out a class during the commonwealth games? Be inspired by the boxing champions and see the effects for yourself.
I had a tae bo exercise dvd years ago. Not quite boxing, but god it was tough, and really effective in a short space of time.
glad to see that boxing is now in the 21st century with access for women. I've also seen classes advertised for children - as Elliot says it doesn't have to be about violence, there are real lessons to learn from it.
Real boxing teaches discipline and respect - not just the "barbaric" sport that some people may have you think
Boxing is a great workout. But I don't think any of the gym classes come near to 'real' boxing.
I think I'll stick to the workouts, at least the punchbag won't hit back! Great after a bad day in the office.