If your current fitness session is say, an hour of strength training at the gym and then another 30 minutes on the treadmill - and you’re looking to change the monotonous fitness regime - Fitness Boxing is the format you're looking for. Read on as our Boxing Expert, Ajitkumar Futane talks to us about how Fitness Boxing can be a fun and effective way to lose weight.
Fitness Boxing & Weight Loss
Can boxing help you lose weight? Adding Boxing training workout into your normal exercise routine can help you cut down on that excess fat faster. This fun & high-intensity workout particularly effective because it strengthens your muscles and drives your metabolism to high gear. moreover, it has a high after burn effect.
Boxing training also helps in reducing the body’s fat percentage. A lower body fat percentage brings you closer to getting a slim and athletic body.
5 Reasons Why Fitness Boxing Should Be A Part of Your Weight Loss Journey
Is a High-Impact Cardio Workout
High intensity boxing training has been shown to decrease body fat and improve overall body composition more than other cardio activities such as walking, jogging, and running. Cardio, typically burns more energy than other exercises, as it gets the heart to pump blood to keep the muscles moving. Along with encouraging fat loss, it also keeps the heart healthy.
However, traditional cardio is nowhere near as effective as boxing, since the sport engages both your lower and upper body at the same time. A typical Cultfit boxing session can burn up to 600 calories. With rigorous and intense pad work, followed by repetitions of fast-paced punching and striking, boxing is very effective in developing enhanced anaerobic (muscle building) and aerobic (fat burning) respiration. Experiencing caloric burn, even after your class is finished is an extremely efficient way to lose weight at a faster pace.
Burns Belly Fat and Builds Lean Muscle
Just like people, all fat isn’t created equally. Belly fat is associated with bad health since it changes the way the body functions, leading to a higher risk of various lifestyle diseases.
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The high-intensity nature of a boxing workout means that it is very good at burning visceral fat, or the fat commonly found around the waist. Boxing is a great way to reduce that visceral fat around your waist and help reduce the medical risks associated with it. It does so by engaging your core and lower & upper body together to throw punches. If you struggle with visceral fat, you will see how strengthening your core with boxing will help you improve your posture and make you slimmer and leaner.
Improves Power & Body Tone
When you punch, you also transfer weight from one foot to the other which means you develop core stability and overall body coordination. This is the reason why boxers have a toned body and an excellent posture.
The sport also strengthens the core muscles, as you need to duck and weave (Swing) while performing defensive movements.
Encourages Healthy Eating Habits
Like any other sport, to excel in fitness boxing, it is important that you watch your diet. Keeping an eye on your macronutrient consumption – proteins, carbohydrates and fats will mean that you get the maximum result out of the time and energy you invest in boxing.
Healthy eating also reduce inflammation, improve immune function, promote healing, and provide the fuel necessary for you to get back to those punching bags, day after day.
Is Sustainable and Fun
Where a lot of traditional fitness formats seem to get monotonous, boxing keeps getting interesting. Fitness Boxing is dynamic and one of the most exciting fitness formats, which creates an atmosphere that never gets stale. This makes fitness boxing sustainable – because if you’re enjoying what you’re doing, working out becomes easier and you can build consistent.
Another major reason why boxing is such a great weight loss fitness option is its relatively easy learning curve. Beginners can jump right into training and learn the fundamental offensive techniques and defensive strategies. In just the first few sessions, you’ll quickly come to understand boxing’s unique flow and rhythm. The training is readily accessible to people of all ages, young or old, no matter the gender. It’s never too late to get started!
That being said, remember that it takes about 8-12 weeks for significant results to appear.
Is a Stressbuster
As you must've imagined, there’s a truly cathartic effect that comes from letting out your stress in a healthy way (who doesn’t like punching the hell out of a heavy bag?!). While the intensity may seem counterintuitive, hitting a target over and over again can actually make you feel happier and calmer. This is because high-intensity cardio work, like boxing, increases the release of our parasympathetic, or rest and digest hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, endocannabinoids and andendorphins.
At the same time, exercise also reduces your body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The result is an increase in your mood, a boost of relaxation, and better sleep. Boxing training can vary in intensity throughout a workout, but this physical activity is exhausting and aggressive and demands concentration which can help relieve stress.
Has a Fluid Format
In a traditional gym setting, fitness coaches differ from person to person. Routines and programs vary, depending on the experience level or training philosophies of who you talk to. In boxing, the concept is fluid all throughout. Make the body strong, fortify the mind, and calm the spirit. Every workout aims to engage at least one of these goals, if not all three.
When it comes to weight loss, boxing champions understand the ins and outs. They’ve had to cut weight so many times in their careers, that they know exactly what works and what doesn’t. They’ve also handled many students who either needed to make weight for competition, or just wanted to shed a few extra pounds.
Simply put, they know what they’re doing.
To Sum Up
Remember, high-intensity workouts are not just for athletes; they are something anyone and everyone can do. If you are committed to working hard, maintaining a healthy diet and attending classes regularly, you can be sure that you are targeting all areas that you want to improve aesthetically.
Boxing is one of sports that enhances every aspect of your physical capability, the reason why so many pro athletes cross train in boxing. If you’re embarking on your health journey and you want it to be fun and exciting, Cultfit Fitness Boxing is the format for you!
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