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Boxing might have a bad rep due to once being a sport that included killing off one of the opponents, but a lot has changed since then! It's also very different from mixed martial arts, or MMA. To win a match, fighters must spend countless hours training not only their bodies but their minds if they want to come out on top as the champion. Training can be brutal, but the outcome is great. Here are some of the benefits found from boxing fitness classes when you train like a pro!
If you are looking to lose a few pounds, then boxing is a great option for you to improve your fitness levels by leaps and bounds! Not only will you find that you can burn over 500 calories per class, but your body will continue to burn calories throughout the day because of its high-intensity nature!
HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training and is one of the best techniques used today to help turn your body into a fat-burning machine! HIIT consists of giving it your all with maximum effort through an intense and quick burst of exercise. It is then followed by a short but moderately active recovery period. This technique is really effective because it increases the body’s need for oxygen when you are pushing yourself, thus creating an oxygen shortage. When you deprive your body of oxygen, it needs to then rebuild itself to bring those oxygen levels back to normal. This is known as the after-burn effect. The body is forced to work much harder to replenish oxygen levels, burning calories up to 24 hours post-workout.
So, if after a challenging high-intensity boxing workout you want to sit on the couch and binge-watch your favorite shows while still burning calories – you can! Boxing is not only a great way to get strong, but it will also help you to burn fat to support healthy weight loss.
Did you know that the number one cause of death in the United States is due to heart disease? We are given one body with one heart to protect. Knowing that heart disease is on the rise, don’t you think taking care of your heart is important? Boxing is not only a great way to build strength, but it is also an amazing way to improve your overall cardiovascular health!
The whole purpose of cardio is to place a moderate amount of stress on your lungs and heart. By doing this through exercise, you are challenging them to make beneficial physiological adaptations to support the higher level of physical activity. This can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthen blood vessels, and improve the flow of oxygen throughout the body which will help your heart to get strong. If you are new to boxing, be prepared to always be moving as it is an incredible form of aerobic exercise!