When you see a heavy leather punching bag hanging from the ceiling, is your automatic reaction to throw a few hooks and jabs? You’re not alone. It’s in our genetic makeup that each time we walk past a heavy bag every fibre of our being is wired to drive us towards that bag to hit it as we pass. There’s something so primal in punching something with all your power. Now because there’s a little law called assault, that’s where boxing comes in.
It’s no surprise that boxing has been ranked the sport that requires the most athleticism from the athletes that compete in it. A team of sports scientists from the International Olympic Committee, academics and professors studying the science of muscle movement, and sports journalists whom had been witness to countless athlete’s successes and failures, sought out to answer the controversial question – which sport is the most difficult? 60 different sports were ranked based on endurance, power, strength, agility, speed, flexibility, nerve, durability, hand-eye-coordination, and analytic aptitude. Out of all 60 sports, boxing was deemed to take the most athleticism to be a decent competitor. It’s not a coincidence that the majority of professional boxers have rock-hard torsos and minimal body fat.
The brain to body connection prevalent in boxing improves coordination, fine tuning your overall bodily awareness. This connection allows boxers to enhance their physical performance both in the gym and the ring. Boxing teaches its students to control their every movement, striking at precise moments in time. Unlike conventional forms of cardio such as running and cycling, boxing presents a never-ending fitness challenge as boxers constantly strive to improve their technique. No boxer has ever mastered every aspect of the sport. They are able to constantly challenge themselves to learn and develop their skills, allowing their bodies to be continuously challenged and improved.
Boxing is a unique sport as it allows those more interested in the physical fitness side of boxing as opposed to the competitive side to train with the same purpose, intensity and power, minus the possibility of taking a hit to the face. One training session involves a variety of movements and repetitive motions working each and every muscle in the body – toning and strengthening your arms, legs, chest, abdominals, back and shoulders. The aerobic and anaerobic requirements of boxing will have you torching calories in no time, as the fast pace of boxing and the explosive movements will build up your speed and increase your endurance.
Time to wrap those hands, put on the gloves, get up into the ring, and let the hooks and jabs begin. Before you know it, you’ll be ascending a flight of steps holding your arms in the air with triumph to Eye of the Tiger. Believe you can, and you are halfway there.