When I heard the word "boxing", Rocky visions, loose teeth, and bloody noses popped into my head. When I finally got up the courage to take my first boxing class, I was totally surprised.
It was not pithy and filled exclusively with professional athletes, as I had imagined, but inviting, a lot of fun and a great workout. People who survived (glove?), The music rumbled, and I felt like a total guy. Needless to say, I was addicted immediately. So if you are reluctant to hit some gloves, you should know the following before you attend your first boxing class:
1. You do not have to beat anyone (if you do not want to).
If you're more of a lover than a fighter, you should know the following: Not all boxing courses involve sparring with a real person. There are numerous boxing studios across the country, such as Shadowbox and Rumble, where you can experience a combination of shadowboxing, punching the heavy bag, and conditioning exercises like burpees and gut work. Think about what you want to get out of class before signing up: Are you looking for a new, fun way to get fit? Look for a class that contains other exercises. Are you trying to improve your boxing skills? Choose classes that focus on punches, footwork, and defensive moves.
. 2 Grab the right equipment.
We do not say you need to cash in on a lot of new equipment, but there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to boxing. First, you need wraps (like those from Sanabul) to protect your wrists, ankles, and gloves. Some studios even offer wraps for purchase when they attend classes.
Gloves are not the most compact accessory you can carry in town. So check to see if the gym you visit has gloves to borrow. Do not be overburdened by the idea of sharing boxing gloves with strangers ̵
For shoes, choose supportive training shoes that will help you walk and swing throughout the class. As you get more involved with the sport, you can invest in a pair of boxing boots that are lightweight and provide good ankle support.
. 3 Do not stress the cueing.
"Technically, there are only four strokes," says Shadowbox coach Radichell Lopez. The punches are words you've definitely heard on TV: Jab, Cross, Hook and Uppercut. "To break it up and to understand the sides of your body, we say 'Lead Hand' and 'Backhand'."
When terms like "slip," "duck," and "roll under" come toward you, you focus on practicing one after the other The more comfortable you are with the strokes, the easier it will be to incorporate the defense into your combos.
Remember that boxing is a skill that needs time to learn. "I've been in boxing for eleven years and am learning still "says Lopez," be open and do not try to get frustrated if you do not prevail immediately. Boxing is a lifelong skill, and that's the nice part of it. "
4. Get ready to let everything out.
In boxing, the physical benefits are only part of the equation." Boxing boosts metabolism, strengthens strength and improves hand-eye coordination and core stability, but it focuses the mind, relieves stress, and builds confidence, "says Kyle Shneider, BoxUnion trainer.
Julian Devine, an Instructor at Rumble agrees "We are human – we all have something to hold onto what we really can not say aloud," he says. "The best therapy you can get starts with that The moment you hit the bag. "
Boxing is not just a sport, it's a community.
Just as runners pass each other in the park, there is a silent connection that unites all the boxing fighters t. "I had my gloves on my backpack when a retired professional fighter came up to me and said," Keep it up, son, "says Devine. "It was so affirmative – I said," Okay, let's go. "
Group Boxing has taken something once intimidating and exclusive, and made it a training that is accessible and fun.If you feel nervous about your first grade, ask a friend to join you Surprising camaraderie, where you'll hit a heavy bag next to dozens of other people fighting their own fight, who knows, maybe you both just find your new favorite workout.