Boxing : SMASH Through Your Plateaus In 2016!

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With the likes of chiselled powerhouse Anthony Joshua coming through the ranks, and the buzz that internationally anticipated fights between the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao cause, it's no surprise boxing as a sport is enjoying a bit of a media surge at the moment. You've got inspirational movies such as Creed (the continuation of the Rocky story) getting people fired up, and even the likes of World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury bringing the excitement of boxing to the media forefront (albeit for all the wrong reasons of late). But regardless of the reasons why, boxing in one form or another is going to be BIG this 2016, especially from a fitness perspective!

From a fitness, health and wellbeing POV...

If you could bottle fitness and fat loss, then boxing training would be it. Its high paced yet controlled nature harnesses HIIT training, delivers emotional fulfilment, improves social wellbeing AND saves time all in one hit (excuse the pun).

Enter boxing as a mainstream fitness modality

It’s no coincidence that the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao all have toned and defined, muscular physiques. The high intensity nature of boxing training dictates that you lose a lot of body fat in the process, so it’s no surprise that this type of training has been embraced by the fitness industry.


A novel way to do your cardio

You don’t even have to be a fan of the sport itself to take part in boxing, nor do you have to punch someone in the face! These days you can go to most gyms and book onto a ‘boxercise’ or ‘boxfit’ class, hit a punch bag or even just shadow box as a way of getting your cardio in.
Method of HIIT Training

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is great at burning fat, this is because of the anaerobic energy pathways it employs. The high pace, start/stop nature of HIIT training is very similar to boxing training.


Why has boxing become so popular in gyms?

In my opinion, time is one of the main reasons boxing has caught on as a fitness trend, you can rock up to the gym at 6pm and roll out in a puddle of sweat at 6:30pm no problem at all. Try achieving that by just running on the treadmill for 20-30mins.

Boxing can also be extremely sociable, there is a kind of comradery that stems from a boxing class which has 15-20 people going balls to the wall to high tempo music. You come out of the class feeling like Rocky Balboa!


Why I believe it is here to stay

Boxing is an emotional release. That hard day at the office pales into insignificance after a good 15 minutes on a punch bag. The anger release and subsequent surge in feel good hormones is a great form of therapy and keeps you coming back for more!

Hitting a punch bag is also a form of resistance training. The eccentric contraction involved in hitting a bag leaves muscles feeling pretty sore the next day making you feel like you’ve really done something.


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About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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