Many people will attempt a factotum of measures when looking at losing weight or getting fit. Some will find it easier to replace foods with a high calorie count with healthier aternatives whereas others will find it harder to cut these foods and, as a subsitute, will simply work out more.
For the latter of these groups, many will find sticking to a high intensity work out scheme difficult, not just in terms of endurance but interms of concentration. One solution to this is to find a workout program which will be challenging physically whilst also being a stimulating mental challenge too. One such program is called boxercise – it is a discipline which is renowned for improving mental wellbeing whilst simultaneously increasing confidence and helping individuals boost their muscle and fitness.
What happens at a boxercise class?
Boxercise classes combine intense cardiovascular workouts with the actual discipline required to be a combatant. As such a typical class will show the students how to properly execute punches, the correct way to make more tactical moves such as jab and, equally important though much less show-y, how to defend against an opponent’s strikes. Learning new techniques is much more mentally stimulating than doing repetitive movements (the type of which you would engage in doing a traditional workout routine, lifting free weights, jogging, etc) and also requires a degree of interactivity which will require constant concentration. General all round fitness, as well as core and arm muscle training, will be put to the test as boxercise participants will perform their newly learnt punches and jabs against either an imaginary indivudual (shadow boxing), a sparring partner or, more than likely, a punch bag. As punch bags come in different weights,
different benefits will be gained – heavier bags will bear the brunt of stronger punches which will work arm strength (both biceps and triceps), smaller bags will help an individual, who will throw fast flurries at them, increase their co-ordination, speed, agility, core muscles and, due to the intense nature of the workout, their heart muscles.
Muscle and Fitness benefits
Boxercise can be astounding in its benefits for those looking to lose weight; boxercise burns between three hundred and six hundred calories per class due to the non-relenting nature of the class. The classes aim to also increase the heart rate during the class which will build up strength and help an individual with both their cardio and general heart strength. The endorphins released, and the discipline required, will help boxercise
participants build their confidence and if they find themselves in the unfortunate situation of a real fight they will have the speed, dexterity and technique learned in classes to fall back on as self defense.
Overall boxercise is ideal for any individual who wants to improve their muscle and fitness, practise a discipline and develop a healthier heart and body.
Kieron Casey is a BA (Hons) Journalism graduate who has provided content for the BBC and The Guardian amongst others. He currently owns Fitness and Exercise Zone and writes about muscle and fitness