Fight Club Packs a Punch While Cutting the Fat

Posted on April 2, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

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Boxing can burn 350 to 500 calories an hour for an average person.

Boxing is fast becoming one of the hottest fitness trends for 2008, along with other ‘out of the box’ trends such as latin dance and Bootcamps because they are fun and hide the fact that people are actually exercising with having fun.

“Boxing is a very challenging, motivating activity,” says Cedric Bryant, ACE’s chief exercise physiologist. “It’s not just letting me watch the time count down on the cardio machine, for example. It’s a combative activity and I think people get this sense of empowerment as well.”

A range of activities fall into the boxing category. Kickboxing classes like Tae Bo generally don’t involve person-to-person contact and are more aimed at going through the boxing motions to get in a good cardio workout. The hardcore boxing classes and programs now gaining a broader following typically offer punching and kicking drills, jumping rope, plyometric muscle workouts and other training activities. They may or may not involve sparring with a trainer or other participants.

Regardless of whether you actually get in the ring, Bryant says, all the fancy footwork, punching and blocking add up to a good all-around workout, burning 350 to 500 calories an hour for the average person. Boxing also promotes coordination and balance, teaches self-defense skills and offers a good outlet for aggression. (MSNBC News)

If you’re doing it well you are engaging most of your body in the process and it is also an aerobic activity as you dance your way around your partner (even if it is just a punching bag), strength as you hit with force and strategy for your brain. So get out their and join a ‘fight club’ at your local fitness centre.
Just remember to box for fun and fitness, hits to the head and body can cause injury, so stay safe and hit a punching bag or in a supervised session where you are pulling your punches.

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One Response to “Fight Club Packs a Punch While Cutting the Fat”

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Great Plan. I want to have the shit kicked out of me just to lose more weight. As if I don’t kick the shit out of myself for being over weight to begin with šŸ™‚

Best,
Fatboyslimmed (A brown belt in Karate) since I as 16


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