Whether you see yourself as the next heavyweight champion of the world or a passionate weekend warrior, you want to try a new sport, or you simply want to stay fit, boxing has a lot to offer. Boxing is a great way to enhance your hand-eye coordination, improve your posture, strengthen your core, boost endurance, and build self-confidence. There are various weight categories if you want to compete, and for those who want to box to stay fit, boxing workouts can be varied and challenging.
Taking on a new sport can be daunting at first, and it’s natural to feel nervous about stepping foot in your local gym for the first time. Having a basic understanding of what to expect will help you to approach this exciting sport with more confidence, allowing you to get the best results from your efforts. With the right amount of dedication, training, and enthusiasm, you will soon be in the gym punching boxing bags like the pros.
Let’s take a look at a few useful tips to help you get into the world of boxing.
Find A Gym
No matter where in the country you live, you can be sure that a great boxing gym is not too far away. Search online, jump on social media or ask around to find out where your local gym is. Look for a gym that caters to beginners and offers lessons. Walking into a boxing gym can feel a little intimidating at first, but rest assured that your local gym will soon become one of your favorite places to go after a few visits.
Consider Your Equipment
You don’t need to spend a fortune on specialist equipment when you’re starting out. Most established gyms will have gloves that you can use, and, of course, they will have all of the bags, pads, and other training tools that you will need as you learn the boxing basics. All you will need to get started is comfortable workout clothes and a positive attitude.
As you start to box more, you can then turn your attention to putting together your own kit, including a good set of boxing gloves and your very own pair of well-fitting boxing shoes to ensure that you stay comfortable and agile in the ring. If you’re looking to compete further down the line, it’s essential that you check the size of any gloves before you purchase them, just to make sure that they’re suitable for your weight range.
Set Realistic Goals
If you are getting into boxing to stay fit or lose weight, be sure to write down your goals and decide on a timeframe within which you’d like to achieve these goals. For example, instead of your goal simply being “to lose some weight,” set a measurable goal such as “lose 1kg in a month”. Setting SMART goals will help to keep you motivated and on track when you’re at the gym.
On the other hand, if you are getting into boxing to compete, you need to be realistic with your goals. After a few sessions, speak to your coach about how you are progressing and what they feel may be a good path for you to follow regarding your training. They may think that you’ll be ready for your first sparring session in a few weeks, or they may advise that you brush up on your skills a bit more before sparring with one of your teammates.
It can take some time to hone your skills and get fit enough for a competitive boxing match so take your time, follow the advice of your coach, and be sure not to rush through this process.
Get Your Boxing Career Off To The Best Start Possible
Boxing is a great sport, a fantastic way to meet people, learn a new skill, and work on your fitness. If you are new to the sport, be sure to follow the tips outlined above, so you have more than just a puncher’s chance of success in the ring.
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