Boxing: A starter pack
Before opening the Pandora box, I myself was wondering why a person would ever be attracted to boxing. What is the main reason that takes someone into an apparently aggressive game like boxing, I shall take a deep look into it.
It has been seen that most of the people get into boxing just for exercise and physical fitness as beginners which ultimately introduces them to the joy, the fun of taking the plunge, accepting the challenges and the taste of victory as well as the lessons of failures offered by the game. Boxing is fun because there is an endless array of new techniques to be learnt, a number of different type of equipment to be used and various skills to master and it is always until and unless there are new ventures to try. Due to such variety of experience the beginners decide to set on a journey towards professional boxing. No doubt, boxing is much more than a hard workout!
However, there are some passionate young ones fascinated just by watching the legends of boxing on the screen. If you are one of them, the first question in your mind must be whether this game is for you or not.
The answer to the question is that there are various weight categories in boxing, therefore, almost everyone can enjoy the experience or adopt it professionally. Boxing is not just hitting and getting hurt rather it is about your strength, patience, knowledge, reflexes, endurance, control, following the rules and wisdom. For beginners there are various exercises such as skipping, punching the pads or bag which they individually take at their own pace.
If you are the one who is wondering about taking up boxing as his professional field you may need some motivation as well as some information because before taking the final decision it is important to know what this game actually offers its athletes.
The first and foremost favor it offers is your health and fitness. Boxing starts with the basic footwork, learning of punching, shadow boxing and hitting the boxing bag. This continuous and scheduled exercise of moving and throwing the punches is a full body workout as it improves the muscle strength of the body. Boxing is known to be the toughest workout unlike any other physical exercise. Boxing can burn up to 3 pounds in a single session. This is because in boxing every part of your body is involved. It teaches you to be swift and sturdy very well and ultimately it gets you in shape much faster than gym.
Boxing: A challenge
Boxing is a challenging game and at a professional level it is gets tougher. Now, why would boxing be challenging at all? The reason behind this perception is mainly that it seems painful and difficult to get hit in the face and bleed. It may also seem like a do or die job and it is right when you are in the ring. Boxing is a challenge because it requires improvement with every victory and every new venture you aim to set on.
Boxing cannot be learnt and practiced at home, you must have to join some boxing club. Joining a public club doesn’t only equip you with techniques to fight but it also improves interpersonal communication skills and build confidence because in order to learn new techniques and skills you need to communicate with your coach as well as your colleagues which help you cross the barriers and push your limits. Moreover, taking the plunge and achieving the goals you set for yourself empowers you to take up more difficult challenges and continue to excel.
Lawrence Okolie a British boxer shares his story that he was bullied at his young age because he weighed about 19 stone but then he tried out boxing which made him lose six stone and he felt so passionate about boxing. This was a great achievement for him which not only restored his confidence but also empowered him.
Realizing the benefits of this game an innovative idea of wheelchair boxing has brought hope for physically and mentally handicapped individuals so that they may also benefit from the opportunities it offers to its lovers. England boxing has stepped forward to deduce plans for disable people.
What are the steps to get started?
Once you take the decision then you should work to make it right. So here are some basic steps that you should take and tips that you should keep in your mind to make your dream come true.
1. Find your gym and choose your coach: the first and foremost thing that you need to do after deciding your fate is to find a gym in your proximity. They say that “You must choose the gym or the coach that fits you like glove.” Now a days this task is very easy. Except information from peers and friends, you can search for boxing gyms near your location on internet. Social media sites may also help you in this regard such as Facebook and LinkedIn and explore the options you think you may consider via email, phone call or message. Get the information and choose the best suited option for yourself. You must keep in mind that it is very important to choose your gym wisely because once you step in a gym that suits you well and you find a good coach your success is ultimate.
2. Focus: there is a number of different type of settings. Boxing gyms are of different sizes, interior and settings. Therefore, while choosing your gym and coach there is an important thing that you have to keep in your mind that “You have to focus on your goals. What you learn is important rather where you learn it”. As a newbie you may also opt for a personal coach at your own space. If it is feasible, you can buy your own equipment and establish a home-based gym.
However, in the end, it all depends upon how much passionate you are for what you choose and how hungry you are to succeed in it.
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