Sports scientists agree that cardio-boxing is one of the best forms of exercise, because it conditions the total body and provides a complete workout for your cardiovascular and endurance systems.
The major benefits of cardio-boxing include:
- Increased Stamina
- Increased Strength
- Increased Speed
- Increased Coordination
Cardio-boxing also promotes a persons well being by strengthening their self-discipline and combined with strength training its well and truly the total package for self-defense and fitness and usually consists of:
- Adjusted heart rate work
- Actual boxing techniques
The usual workout consists of the age-adjusted heart rate work starting with 10 minutes for beginners and leading up to 20 minutes for the more advanced. For the second part of the workout, you’ll need to perform and practice 20 minutes of actual boxing techniques.
The best way to measure the effects of an exercise program on your body is to check your pulse.
The easiest way to check the pulse is to place your index and middle fingers on your carotid artery or the wrist. Immediately after the exercise, count your pulse for 15 seconds and multiply by 4.
You can also check your pulse during the exercise but with safety as a first priority. To get a more precise reading of your pulse rate, purchase an electronic device from any sports store.
Now you have your exercising pulse rate or heartbeats per minute. Well be concentrating at the upper end of your pulse region: the 50% – 70% ranges.
To figure this out, deduct your age from 220. Suppose your age is 40, deduct this from 220 and you get 180.
50% of 180 is 90 beats a minute,
60% of 180 is 108 beats a minute,
70% of 180 is 126 beats a minute and so on.
Don’t jump into 70% work straight away. Start with 50% and slowly work your way up to the 70% upper limit.
Start with no more than 10 minutes, and work up to 20 minutes. Once you’re comfortable with working out for 20 minutes at 70% then try to increase the heart rate up to 80%.
Mix up your cardiovascular activities in the gym. Use the treadmill, skipping, rower, climber, and bike and other equipment that might be available to you.
Here at the Megacyle, our boxing classes are all boxing for cardio fused with other exercises. By doing it this way, you get a whole lot of additional benefits and you don’t get bored! Mixing it up provides variety for not only your body, but for your mind as well!
We also off a Boxing Strength class which is a mix of boxing and TRX exercises. This is a class that you don’t want to miss.
Finally, make sure you check out our SPX class where we do some boxing and toss in some spinning and cardio based exercises to really get you moving!