Blasting calories doesn’t mean you must spend countless hours in the gym. Boxing is a super-fast, super easy workout, perfect for days you are feeling too overwhelmed to workout. A typical boxing workout involves a variety of elements that help you burn calories as you work toward losing weight. The aerobic nature of many of boxing’s exercises leads to a high calorie burn without a significant shock to your joints.
Boxing is really taking off around the globe. The idea of bulky arms, monster muscles and nose bleeds is wrong. Boxing is a brilliant way of sculpting and toning and that hulk-like muscle mass you’re worried about is just a figment of your imagination.
Whether you’re pounding a punch bag or skipping your heart out, boxing training is something everyone should try at least once. On top of toning your muscles, boxing has a load more benefits that make it a brilliant all-round exercise choice for all fitness goals.
While we all exercise to look physically fit, the real benefit of exercise is to keep us healthier for longer. The main way of doing this is to keep that heart strong for as long as possible, boxing is a great workout for doing just that. A good boxing workout makes you breathe heavily and increases the rate at which your heart pumps blood around your body. Increased heart beat strengthens your heart’s muscles and lowers your chances of developing cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes.
Exercising effectively takes more than just jumping on a treadmill and hoping for the best. 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. If it’s overall fitness you’re after, you need to get your head around both aerobic and anaerobic exercise present in boxing. Boxing is estimated to be 70-80% anaerobic and 20-30% aerobic. A boxing workout helps maintain the heart rate at 75%-85% regular heartbeat which is the recommended range if you are exercising. What does that mean? Well it all comes down to oxygen. Aerobic exercise is low energy exercise that can be done for extended periods of time – think yoga, swimming and running, because aerobic exercise is relatively gentle, your body is able maintain a reasonable amount of oxygen which is then carried to your muscles to use as fuel; giving them the energy they need to sustain the effort of whatever exercise it is you’re doing. 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. This means lactic acid is produced and your body will not be able to sustain its energy levels for long. This type of exercise increases your endurance, muscle mass, metabolism and your ability to withstand fatigue. Being able to build up your body’s tolerance to anaerobic exercise means that you will increase the maximum amount of oxygen you use during exercise (your VO2) and have a higher threshold before lactic acid is produced – therefore making you fitter!
Boxing is such a high intensity workout that it burns through a LOT of calories. An hour of boxing burns around 350-500 calories depending on your weight and the intensity of the workout. An advanced female boxer on a high intensity boxing workout can burn more 500 calories an hour.
Boxing training sessions involve every muscle in the body, especially the core, shoulders, abs and obliques. A good boxing workout tones your legs, arms, chest, shoulders, back and helps you build a strong core – pretty much everything.
You get a massive endorphin release in the body from hitting a heavy bag or doing pad work with a partner, those chemicals give you a massive feeling of well-being. Boxing training will give you a huge sense of self confidence.