Getting Started

Boxing – Getting Started

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Boxing is a sport that appeals to many people for various reasons:

1. It’s an incredible workout. Whether you’re looking to lose fat, build muscle, or simply incorporate some healthy habits into your lifestyle, boxing is a great way to do any of those.

2. Boxing is a challenging sport that can help building mental and physical toughness.

3. It’s fun.

Like anything involving physical activity, one of the most difficult things about boxing is getting started. It’s normal to feel lost and intimidated by the overwhelming information and preconceived notions of the culture of the sport. However, I can assure you that you’re not the only one out there feeling the same way, and you would be surprised at the amount of people willing to help you get started. In this article we aim to provide tips on how to go from the a complete boxing rookie to a boxer who feels comfortable in the ring.

Finding a Gym

The first thing you will want to decide is if this is something you want to do at home or at a boxing club. I used to be part of a great boxing gym in Calgary, and it changed my life for the better. If you are completely new to boxing we would highly recommend joining a club, and we’re confident you will find ours to be a great choice! This will ensure that you receive the proper training on all the equipment and will build good habits into your workout, while simultaneously eliminating bad habits.

Many people are hesitant to visit a boxing club. Admittedly, it can be quite intimidating at first; however, most trainers are more than happy to chat and answer any questions you might have, with many offering a tour of their respective facilities. Everyone has to start somewhere, and from my experience, any boxing trainer I’ve spoken to has always been willing to help out, especially if it means potentially joining their club/gym.

Therefore, we encourage you to shop around and see what’s out there, and hopefully you will choose us to assist in your journey to new levels of fitness. We’re always willing to chat!

What to Expect After Joining a Gym

Typically, the first few sessions at a new gym will involve learning some basic boxing techniques and slowly building your fitness. Usually trainers will begin working on your stance and footwork before even throwing a punch. Don’t be discouraged. This doesn’t mean it will take forever until you are doing anything really fun. The trainers simply want to make sure you learn the proper fundamentals and are fit enough to focus on the task at hand. Once you have these fundamentals down, things can start moving rather quickly, and before you know it, you will have the gloves on working on your combinations.

Choosing the Proper Equipment

Choosing the proper equipment can be tough, especially if you have never boxed before. Most clubs will have communal equipment especially for first-time boxers who are just learning the basics. Additionally, if you visit a gym before signing up, ask the trainers if there is anything specific that you need to bring to the workouts. They may say no and that they prefer you use the communal equipment until they get an idea of what you might need, or some are happy to allow you to bring your own equipment and will provide all the necessary information ahead of time.

Generally speaking, as a beginner, you shouldn’t have to spend too much money on equipment. Although you will eventually want a good pair of boxing gloves that will last and offer good protection, as well as some other odds and ends like hand wraps and a mouth guard, it’s best to avoid spending tons of money until you know exactly how your workouts will progress and what your commitment level will be like.

What if I’m Not in Good Enough Shape?

Simply put, you will get in good enough shape. Like I said before, everyone starts somewhere. Try not to feel hesitant to join a club because you’re out of shape, or it’s a little too far out of your comfort zone. The worst thing that can happen is you join a club and find out that over time boxing isn’t something you enjoy as much as you thought you did. There should be no regrets for trying something and learning you don’t like it. Plus, chances are you will see awesome health and fitness benefits that will encourage you to keep going with it, in which case you will likely be very thankful you gave it a go.

Overall, if boxing is something you have always wanted to try, simply ask around and give it a go, you may be surprised at how easy it is to get involved and build into your routine.

 

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