THE REAL COST OF THAT BOXING CLASS
Before you get your panties in a twist, I’m not here to try and tear down boxing. I’m not that girl, cross my heart!
I ACTUALLY like boxing.
It’s a fun way to exercise, it challenges you both physically and mentally and after a long, difficult day, throwing some hard punches can be just what you need to unwind (just make sure the person holding the pads is prepared before you unleash!).
We actually run a boxing class in our gym on Monday nights and the girls love it.
This article is definitely NOT about me hating on boxing. This is simply a warning against the consequences of ONLY doing boxing, or yoga, or running, or any other singular modality fitness you might be doing.
You see, the body is designed to be moved in many different ways at different intensities, so if you’re only training your body in very specific movement patterns at very specific intensities, not only are you missing out on some awesome fitness gains, you will lose your strength in any positions you are neglecting.
I have a client who has been consistently training using a strength and conditioning program several times per week for years. She recently decided to switch things up and try boxing instead.
Three months later when she returned to her regular strength and conditioning training, she was shocked to find that she was struggling to lift the weights that she could lift easily three months ago and that her hips and ankles had become much tighter.
During that three months when she had only attended boxing classes, she wasn’t doing any resistance training, and as a result her range and strength in some of her movements had decreased significantly.
Now, if you’re thinking that you don’t care about being able to lift heavy or squat ass to grass, I’ll just say this: being “fit” essentially means being prepared for whatever life throws at you.
It may not seem like a problem right now, but life will inevitably throw a situation at you which requires your body to be ready, and if you aren’t training your body in all of the different components of fitness (read more on what they are here) you’re not going to be equipped to handle that situation.
This article isn’t about boxing, yoga, running, weight lifting or any particular fitness modality. I’m not saying do one or the other.
What I’m saying is, if you want to get the most out of your training, if you want your training to have purpose beyond the fun, beyond the aesthetic, and if you want it to transfer into your ever changing, ever demanding real life, hitting only one aspect of fitness isn’t going to cut it.
At Treign, we like to think we are training to simply be ‘harder to kill”. We expose our bodies to as many different movement patterns as possible, we strengthen those ranges and we challenge our cardiovascular system at varying levels of intensity.
Now, doesn’t being harder to kill sound like something you should be training for?