Workout Experiments: Boxing
I took a boxing class last week.
Truth be told, I thought I was going to a kickboxing class. Kickboxing, in my mind, is more feminine than boxing and involves cute workout outfits and a class full of people harmlessly kicking and punching the air. Boxing, to me, is an activity full of sweaty and bloody Rocky look-alikes in a ring wearing shiny shorts. This is not an activity I generally find myself wanting to participate in.
After my boxing class, however, I would recommend everyone from the workout novice to the experienced athlete to try one of these classes.
For my boxing class, I went to a TITLE boxing gym where I was able to try out the class for free. The instructors all have some sort of fighting background and go through a separate training process to become TITLE instructors. The facility has a huge area of full-sized hanging boxing bags. Participants enjoy the benefits of a professional boxing training program without the pressure and risks of actual fighting, which I made sure of when I arrived. These particular gyms are named after the TITLE boxing equipment brand and are now spreading throughout the country.
I was told to wear workout clothes, tennis shoes, and not worry about the rest. I bought handwraps at the gym and borrowed a cute pair of pink gloves. I was wearing a pink shirt so I figured I would coordinate my outfit with the gloves. If I continue taking boxing classes I will probably invest in my own pair of boxing gloves.
Things I learned about boxing:
Quick and powerful jabs are key. Boxing is not like punching a pillow where your hand is absorbed; it is quick reactions and mighty jabs. I could tell I was getting sloppy when my bag started swaying all over the place. This is where skill comes in.
I am told the average class burns up to 1,000 calories. I have no idea of my actual calorie burn, but my arms were tired the first day and increasingly stiff in the following days. My legs did not really feel the workout, although we included sets of lunges and burpees. For those looking for a great upper body workout, boxing is a great activity. At TITLE, depending on the instructor, you may focus on different aspects of boxing. My instructor did not include as many leg activities, but had us run with the purpose of keeping our heart rate up, and not for conditioning.
Boxing was fun! I felt pretty tough running around the huge boxing bags and then jabbing along with the beat. I danced a little as I destroyed the boxing bag. The class had a mix of experienced boxers and first-timers. It was not intimidating and was a great atmosphere where I could learn the basics while still getting a great workout in.