I’ve been taking boxing classes for one decade now. These classes are a mix of shadow boxing and shadow kick boxing. Basically, you do all the moves a boxer would, but you are not hitting an opponent, you are actually doing the workout without the “physical contact”.
I’ve just started doing contact boxing where I’m hitting a bag. The first time I did this workout, I couldn’t feel my upper arms the next day at all and I had quite a lot of difficulty washing my back and combing my hair. That said, I can tell you that I felt strong and invincible in a way I had never felt from my other workouts (okay, maybe only when I do 20 minutes of skipping rope). There is something about punching that bag that builds confidence in your strength as a woman.
Interestingly enough, the class I attend is evenly split between men and women. The women in the class are hitting the bag with all their strength and getting a kick ass workout in the process.
You see, fitness boxing focuses on reactive power, power endurance, muscular endurance, anaerobic endurance and aerobic endurance and most of that is all about your upper body and your core. You’re not jumping around like you would if you were doing traditional aerobic class/workout (apart for the warm up which is usually skipping rope for 10 minutes), but all of a sudden you feel sweat dripping all over your body because the impact of pushing that bag at full speed and full force while moving around the bag really works out your heart.
Once that adrenaline kicks in, you really feel like you are in a ring fighting for a championship trophy.
I know that as women age, they often have issues with their upper body because their arms aren’t as firm as they used to be when they were younger. I can assure you that one year of fitness boxing should solve that problem FAST!
I’m not going to lie and say that anyone can do this workout … because that’s simply not true. Fitness boxing requires a certain level of fitness to endure the full workout. Our Russian instructor, Vladimir, really works us hard because he knows we wouldn’t be there if we couldn’t handle it. That said, if you are fit, this will take your fitness to the next level. If you’re not there yet, this is surely a workout to aspire to because it will accelerate your weight loss and it will firm up you arms and your abs in no time.
Another great advantage of fitness boxing is that the additional strength you acquire in your upper arms will make it easier for you to lift heavier weights.
Oh, I almost forget, fitness boxing will give you those chiselled Madonna arms and you won’t believe the definition in your arms and shoulders!
Finally, all that external strength translates into inner strength. Completing a boxing class gives you that high that you can do anything and trust me … in no time that kind of feeling starts positively affecting other aspects of your life.
Here’s a good video from Form Models that shows you what fitness boxing is all about (and yes, we also start with 10 minutes of skipping rope … I always feel like Rocky)
Here’s another short that shows you what shadow boxing is all about. This video shows you how do the basic Jab-Cross move: