Boxing is considered to be one of the best exercises because of its ability to condition the entire body effectively, in just one workout!
It defined the career for many legends and champions such as, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and even, Laila Ali. As a sport and also a form of cardio workout, boxing improves both cardiovascular and endurance fitness by incorporating high-intensity, calorie-burning routines that promotes optimal physical fitness.
Before you head out to the boxing ring for your next workout, you will need: proper equipment, proper technique and a planned routine.
In order to have an effective boxing workout, the required equipment includes:
Jump rope (optional)
Once you have your equipment, another important aspect of boxing that has proven great for Laila Ali is proper technique. Learning how to position your body during boxing is critical to getting more out of the workout and reduces the chances of straining your joints.
The perfect stance is sideways, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Also, your knees should be slightly bent, and your weight evenly distributed.
Now that you are aware of the equipment needed for boxing and an example of a proper technique, the fun part of boxing comes in the actual workout!
Boxing is an intense cardiovascular work out, so if you are starting out boxing for the first time, start with a short workout, lasting for about 10 to 20 minutes. Here is a sample-boxing workout that you can try:
Round one: Jump roping for three minutes followed by one minute of jumping jacks
Round two: Three minutes of work on the punching bag, using cross punches and jabs, followed by a light jog
*Repeat for another two rounds and then end each workout with three minutes of jumping rope, and stretching.
Boxing provides a great cardio workout, gets the heart racing, works all the major muscles of your body, and will leave you drenched in sweat!
So ladies, will you consider switching things up, and incorporating boxing into your fitness routine? Let us know!