Health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit is our collective goal in offering adult recreational programming so that we endeavor to not only improve one’s physical condition, but through boxing fitness improve one’s mental outlook, also a component of good health.
Specifically laying a foundation related to the formation and development of healthy habits, regimented activities offer a variety of benefits, benefits which can only be derived through sustained participation. Having said that, to retain clientele routines must be varied, engaging, and above all enjoyable, otherwise we will have fallen short in accomplishing our objectives.
That enjoyable experience comes in the form of music, movement, and motivation, aspects which lie at the core of mentally and physically challenging classes offered both in the morning and evening hours. Conducted in a non-competitive non-contact format, workout sessions maximize one’s potential, while upon completion ridding individuals of life’s daily stresses.
Granted one free trial session to gauge interest and suitability, no matter if one is shy or outgoing, novice or experienced, in or out of shape, we demonstrate the skills and drills so that each does according to his or her own ability at a pace deemed appropriate.
That’s not to say we don’t push from time to time, it’s just that progress is best achieved upon gaining a firm grasp of the concepts being taught. In essence, although for fun and fitness we are in fact an academy, passing on the sports knowledge so that students learn proper technique not only for purposes of injury prevention, but to get the most from each workout.
Although boxers are amongst the world’s best-conditioned athlete’s, you don’t have to be one to reap the tremendous benefits of a boxing workout. Perfect for self-defense, regimented activities induce weight loss, reduce stress, boost confidence and energy, to overall improve strength, stamina, and cardiovascular fitness.
In addition, group members attain many of the same character building traits as do competing athletes, with discipline, commitment, and work-ethic being chief among them. These are in fact traits identical to those necessary for a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle outside the gym.
Motivated to eat better and therefore improve one’s nutritional health, regular participation more importantly helps individuals to combat preventable diseases such as type-II diabetes, coronary heart disease, and more, while at the end of the day the rigors of training provide for a sense of self-worth and accomplishment, no small feat considering the demanding regimen.
Program participants upon gym arrival start with 5 to10 minutes of warm-up activities which from day-to-day can vary. Examples of warm-ups include rope jumping, jogging, dumbbell/medicine ball exercises, calisthenics, speed bag work, line drills, shadowboxing, mirror exercises, and a host of other activities whether done solely or in combination.
Once warm-up is complete, students proceed to doing 5 to 10 minutes of light flexibility training stretching all parts of the body. This promotes injury prevention, improves reaction time and fluidity of movement, to finally increase range of motion and therefore dexterity and power.
The next phase of training depending on the daily routine in question could either involve counter-punch drills, advanced shadowboxing, mirror or line drills, one-on-one punch mitt work with coaches or assigned partners, interval training, and or circuit training at various stations whether it be the heavy or light bag stations, floor or ring work.
Relating to the program itself it must be noted that curriculum activities whether attempted individually or with a classmate are to be accomplished in a progressive manner. This means that starting with the sport’s fundamentals students do not proceed to the more refined tasks until they’ve consistently demonstrated an ability to deploy the basic and or prerequisite skills.
Fundamentals include learning stance, directional footwork, and striking technique, initially to be done in concert with line drills. These drills allow for the combining of punches, head movement, and footwork to develop balance in motion. Once line drill exercises become proficient, group members then progress to shadowboxing, and or transfer learned skills to light and heavy bags maintaining proper technique at all times.
With an initial emphasis on proper form to subsequently add speed and power, heavy bag workouts build strength and stamina, teaching recreational boxers how to put weight and leverage into their striking motion. Light bags, such as air filled speed bags or double-end bags, cultivate rhythm and timing, ultimately sharpening one’s focus to thereby increase punching accuracy.
Once familiar with a beginning level routine, participants are then introduced to interval training, an aspect which see’s the periodic alternation between boxing drills and conditioning exercises. Maximizing one’s overall fitness level, interval training in addition burns serious calories, fosters breathing patterns, and promotes transition speed.
To further sharpen skills, increase energy capacity, and develop hand, eye, and foot coordination, the utilization of punch mitts and punch shields are employed within a floor workout routine where students work individually with coaches, or with fellow classmates once taught to use such equipment, in order to become well-rounded athletically.
Upon effectively demonstrating skills on the punch pads, group members then commence to in tandem execute offensive and defensive maneuvers in predetermined sequences. Known as counter-punch drills, one student will at a gradual pace strike at the gloves of another, the most contact to be endured during what is considered a non-contact program.
Training sessions then conclude to incorporate occasional wind-sprints, as well as numerous calisthenic/plyometric strength and conditioning exercises using natural body weight, and or varied equipment to develop explosiveness. This is followed by cool down and more thorough stretching, with the best time to increase flexibility being towards the end of a workout when the body is totally loose.