I really want to help people let go of the old stereotypes that surround boxing and boxing training. It’s not just for natural born fighters who are looking to it as a profession, it is for everyone … and when I say everyone, I do mean EVERYONE.
Boxing, in some peoples minds, can conjure up images of toe-to-toe fights, blood and broken noses, but this really isn’t the case. Just because you use boxing training as a way to get fit, doesn’t mean you are going to jump into the ring with “Tyson” and see how you fair. Just as training in karate or martial arts doesn’t mean you’re “Van Damme” and will be spending your weekends fighting in illegal “bloodsport” events in some unknown location.
I have a saying, that my students are used to hearing from me “You don’t have to be a Pro boxer to train like one” and this is true, there is no need to fight on any level if you don’t want to. In the same way that Zumba students aren’t expecting to appear as professional dancers for Beyonce or Rhianna, or your local running club are not expecting you to race against Mo Farah and give him a run for his money. But this doesn’t take away the enjoyment or benefits you can take from participating in these activities.
You see – just like karate, self defence, zumba, yoga etc. the brilliant thing about boxing is you actually learn a life skill, something you can benefit from on so many levels. Whether it is a feeling of wellbeing because of the intense fitness involved, greater hand-eye coordination due to focus mitt and shadow boxing sessions or improved strength and agility from skipping and footwork drills. Boxing training also gives you a greater sense of confidence because you are learning one of the oldest forms of self-defence. You will also tone up from pad and bag work and enjoy that great sensation of having achieved something that maybe at the start you didn’t think possible…..really the list goes on and on.
From all my years training other people, I have to say one of the biggest assets from the list above is improved confidence. Getting fitter always helps out with this, because you feel more capable physically. As you feel more physically able, you put more effort in, and more effort means more benefits. One of these being weight loss, and this is another huge contributor to a boost in confidence.
With boxing training, the added bonus of learning to fight at the same time leads to a different sort of confidence, all the benefits of the above, but also a knowledge that you can look after yourself.
I bet you know friends or colleagues who have started out running or weight training and have had really good results, but then suddenly stop. With boxing training I have found the absolute opposite and that’s because whatever your skill level, there is always more to learn, always different angles to try and techniques to perfect. I have been boxing for over 30 years now and I’m still learning, but more importantly I’m still enjoying boxing.
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“Ok ok” I hear you saying “you’ve sold it to me Corney, I accept boxing is good for me, but in my busy schedule, when can I fit it in”? Well that my friend is the beauty of the internet! Why not start boxing today, you can literally start practising from the comfort of your own home. Click on the START HERE button in the navigation/menu bar at the top of this page. You will be able to see just a few of our posts to get you started and so that you can begin to reap the benefits of boxing training.
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