No, you won’t be needing a flash robe or silk shorts and you won’t be hitting anyone, but you will be getting a serious workout at a Fitness First boxercise class. These classes combine professional boxing techniques (minus the physical contact) with circuit training to create an intense workout.
Boxercise is a full-body workout focusing on conditioning, toning and strengthening the core. This circuit-style blend of resistance training and aerobic exercise carries a raft of benefits. It aids the strengthening and toning of your upper body, increases your heart and lung function, and boosts your stamina. It also helps to reduce the risk of back pain and improves posture – so no more slouching!
The boxing techniques included in the classes require concentration and focus. This will help to improve your agility (float like a butterfly) and your hand-eye co-ordination evenly on both sides of your body, unlike asymmetrical sports such as tennis and golf, so reducing postural misalignment. (This is where the muscles on one side of your body become stronger than the other causing problems with posture.) Boxing exercises are also renowned for being great for releasing tension and relieving stress – it’s got something to do with throwing a few jabs, which can be extremely therapeutic!
With this lengthy list of benefits, it’s good to know that anyone can take part in these classes, regardless of gender, age or skill level. Fitness First boxercise classes are run by expert trainers and last for 30 minutes to an hour. The sessions are designed to be fun as well as energetic – somewhere you can burn hundreds of calories, work out your frustrations and get a healthy release of endorphins, all at the same time. What’s more, you can try a class for free with a trial guest pass, so visit our website for details and start boxing clever today!