Boxing is one of those sports that’s really gaining traction within the fitness world. Everyone from models like Gigi Hadid and Adriana Lima to fashion bloggers and influencers like Hannah Bronfman are becoming boxing devotees, putting the workout right up there with cult favourites like Barre Core, Psycle and Barry’s Bootcamp.
Boxing doesn’t just leave you physically stronger—it can also be super beneficial to your mental health. In fact, as this writer found out, boxing can even help overcome bouts of anxiety.
Ready to lace up your gloves and try an old-school boxing workout in 2018? Before you jump in the (proverbial) ring, keep scrolling for seven things you should know, courtesy of the staff at popular L.A. boxing studio Prevail.
It's Way Less Scary Than It Sounds
“Boxing is not just about learning how to fight! At Prevail, we focus on creating a welcoming and supportive environment to help our clients attain their health and wellness goals through the art of boxing. Fitness is a personal journey, so we encourage our clients to pursue self-excellence and not to compete or compare themselves with anyone else. You won’t have to fight in front of anyone.” –Milan Costich, Founder, Prevail
And you’ll undoubtedly find that at UK fitness centres such as Kobox too.
Your Arms Won't Bulk Up.
“Stop worrying that your arms will ‘bulk up.’ Proper punching technique is a full body movement, so boxing will get you in shape from head to toe. Strong legs, core and back are all essential when it comes to boxing. We combine boxing with lots of aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, plyometrics and agility movements.” –Lawrence Thomas, lead trainer at Prevail
You'll Want to Show Up Early to Your First Class
“For your first class, make sure to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early. This will save you a headache and stress when it comes to parking or finding the studio, and more importantly, it gives your trainer the opportunity to properly prepare you for your first boxing experience, which should include wrapping your hands, picking out the right size gloves for you and showing you some boxing fundamentals. Wrapping your hands before boxing helps ensure you have proper padding and support while punching. Not only will this protect your knuckles and wrists, but it also makes you feel much more official!” –Eddie Arrazola, trainer at Prevail
Wear Leggings That Stay Up
“You’ll be wearing gloves while you’re working out, so it’ll be hard to adjust your outfit during class. Wear workout clothes that are comfortable to move around in—whether you’re punching, jumping, lunging, or doing the dreaded burpee. Oh, and you’re going to get sweaty! Bring plenty of water to replenish after your workout.” –Gina Hendron, studio manager at Prevail
Boxing Requires Presence, So Ditch the Distractions
“Boxing is such a demanding full body workout, but it’s also a technical skillset. With so much going on at once, let go of all distractions, stresses and worries so that you can be fully present in what you’re doing. Practising this will help you get into the zone—a fat-burning, tension-relieving zone.” –Costich
You'll Make Friends—Yes, Really
“Boxing is still a pretty niche workout, so it’ll be easy to make some friends at your studio, especially if you engage. We put a huge emphasis on community at our gym because our clients like to feel that they’re going through the struggle together. The old saying ‘iron sharpens iron’ couldn’t be truer. So hold your friends accountable and have them do the same for you.” –Thomas
Boxing Is Incredibly Empowering
“Boxing is pretty badass! The majority of our clients are female and they love how empowered boxing makes them feel. There’s something about putting on the gloves and discovering how hard you can really hit that makes you proud.” –Hendron
Ready to give boxing a go? Be sure to have the perfect sports bra for the occasion.