Boxing bestows a lesson on its students much greater than the physical nature of the sport. Picture yourself sitting in an empty locker room anxiously awaiting your first fight, hearing faint echoes from the crowd surrounding the ring as you visualize your ideal plan of how this fight will go. Suddenly a blanket of nerves overcomes your body as you begin picturing your opponent on the other side of that wall. The person who has sweat and bled over the past several months of training with one goal in mind, to defeat you. When you hear your name called, you must quickly clear your mind to overcome your self-doubt and achieve your peak mental state. You must be confident that your dedication to your training and conditioning will pay off in the ring. You must achieve a state of mind in which you remain calm, but driven with one goal – to fight your heart out and win.
Stepping up into the ring requires a mental state in which everything other than the sounds of your own footsteps are blocked out. You can feel the energy from the crowd and the heat off the lights above, but you are able to stay present. When it’s just you and your opponent in the ring, it comes down to mental strength and stamina. You feel confident, and empowered – feeding off a reservoir of inner strength you did not know you possessed. Everybody is watching you embark on this unknown path, as you exhibit the greatest lesson boxing has taught you – no matter how raw, exposed and vulnerable you feel, you are able to handle anything life throws at you. Learning to achieve heightened levels of confidence and courage inside the ring, transcends to everyday life outside the ring.
As you trained for that moment, throwing every punch, jab, hook, and block, you thought you were learning the skills and techniques necessary to win fights. What you didn’t know, is that you were learning a lesson much deeper and valuable to the world around you. You were learning how to trust yourself and your capabilities. When exhaustion overwhelmed your body, you dug deeper to draw on reserves of utter determination. You learned how to be accountable to yourself, as no one is stepping into the ring to fight your battle. You were being required to raise yourself up to a level of confidence in which you learned how to feel more secure as an individual.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, or new to the fitness scene, boxing offers incredible benefits to everyone both inside and outside the gym. Your self-esteem begins to increase as you overcome obstacles you never imagined possible. Self-discipline builds as you strive towards mastering the techniques and mindset required to be your best. Feelings of stress, anger, and frustration are relived, as the boost of endorphins you’ll experience mentally will be matched with the motivating power of physical strength. You will exuberate self-confidence, as boxing teaches you to recognize your capabilities and push past your limits. You learn how to connect your mind to your body – the ultimate key to success. But most importantly, you learn that the body will achieve what the mind believes.