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Looking to Unleash Your Inner Ali? Find the Right Boxing Class Here

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Looking to Unleash Your Inner Ali? Find the Right Boxing Class Here
'Which Type of Boxing Class Is Right for You? Boxing is more popular than ever, and with good reason — it’s fast-paced cardio, strength training and a major stress reliever, all in one. Aside from the visible benefits of becoming more toned (and you definitely will want to indulge in some mirror self-admiration after a few classes), there are many other added advantages to taking up boxing. According to Harvard Health , these include improved hand-eye coordination, increased alertness, high endorphin rush leading to a better mood, and better posture and balance. Boxing is also an exercise in mindfulness, requiring participants to be present and focused on the combinations at hand. RELATED:  Why Boxing Will Be the Workout You Get Addicted to With an increasing number of boxing studios popping up across the country, it can be overwhelming — especially for a beginner — to figure out where and how to get started. Muay Thai, kickboxing or bag work? We talked to a few experts on how to jab, cross and hook your way into this killer workout, without getting yourself killed. Boxing for Fitness vs. Boxing for Self-Defense and Competition Gettymages Before you lace up your shoes and put your gloves on, you need to figure out why you’re boxing: to get in better shape or to learn self-defense skills? Ideally, it will be a mix of the two, but this really depends on the studio and teacher. The former kind of boxing workout is more common and something you’ll find in health clubs and fitness studios, focusing on punching combinations (cross, hook, jab, uppercut, bob-and-weave, etc.) executed on heavy bags or striking pads. Gerry Pinzon, a New York-based boxing instructor, notes that the impetus for the practice’s popularity is the fitness element. “The fitness world fell in love with boxing due to the level of exhaustion one reaches in a relatively short period of time (and the fact that hitting things hard is satisfying and entertaining in a way that most cardio activities are not),” he says. “Combined with a good strength routine (weights, calisthenics, etc.), it makes for a complete workout.” Finding a martial arts studio where boxing is practiced objectively for self-defense or competition can be a little more difficult, and it is typically not as beginner-friendly. “If taking the occasional whack to the face is unacceptable to you (as it is to many), this type of training would not be suitable,” says Pinzon.  RELATED: George Foreman's Go-to Fitness Gear in and Out of the Ring “It also requires a great deal of physical concentration, because the techniques you perform must be functional and executed with precision,” he adds. “In a group boxing class, you can throw hundreds of mindless, poorly performed punches, and still get a great workout. Do that in a boxing gym, and your trainer will smack you with the pads. Do that in the ring, and you'll be missing a bunch of punches as someone is kicking your ass.” As with any sport, if you practice boxing long enough you’ll soon advance your skills. Boxers who start out in technique-focused fitness classes could eventually do man-to-man combat in the ring. This type of sparring is not for beginners unless they have a burning desire to get smacked in the face a bit.  Bags or No Bags? GettyImages Now that we’ve figured out your reason for boxing, you need to decide if you want a low-to-no impact class without bag hits or a higher impact class where you rail on a punching pad for an hour?  Shadowboxing:  Is a type of boxing played out against an imaginary opponent (your shadow), throwing punches at the air. It can be practiced on its own, or as a warm-up to condition muscles and focus on technique. Shadowboxing and similar variations are great for less serious boxers, for older adults or someone with joint problems.   On-the-Bag Boxing: is exactly what it sounds like, landing punches on a heavy bag, usually 100 pounds or more. To do this, you’ll need the proper equipment — hand wraps and boxing gloves, generally offered in the 12oz, 14oz and 16oz sizes. The heavier gloves give more protection but will also add a bit of weight to your arms – ideal if you’re looking to ink out some extra muscle gains in the session. Wearing one pound on each hand may not seem like a lot, but when you’re firing combinations away you’ll quickly tire out if the gloves are too heavy. RELATED: Types of Boxing Classes View this post on Instagram A post shared by EverybodyFights® (@everybodyfights) on Jun 22, 2019 at 5:48am PDT Many studios incorporate bag work into their classes, so the next step is figuring out which type of class you should take Kickboxing: is best if you want a full-body workout, performing sequences with hands and legs. If you have any lower body pain, like knee problems, stick to regular boxing — the upper body and core strengthening will be enough exercise. Check out somewhere like I Love Kickboxing! if you want to throw punches and kicks. Cardio and HIIT: Many gyms will mix in cardio and HIIT as part of the workout; New York cult studio Rumble incorporates three rounds of strength and conditioning with dumbbells in between rounds of punching on the punching bag, before finishing with some ab blasts. Rumble classes always start with a run-through of the six punches that will be executed in class, so first-timers have nothing to worry about. David Neuman, Rumble trainer says that this is the best part of the studio. “Whether you're a pro fighter, or you've never thrown a punch. You know you're going to have a great workout and have fun doing it,” he says.”The great thing is, its go at your own pace. So as you improve the workout stays just as challenging.” Neuman also notes that when HIIT exercises are mixed in with the punches, it ups the fat loss because you continue to burn calories for up to four hours after the workout. Entire Boxing Training Process:   Most fitness studios will differ in the variety of classes they offer; whereas Rumble offers one type of class, gyms like Everybody Fights teach classes that hit on every stage of the boxing training process, with circuit training, heavy bag classes, treadmill training to boost endurance, even yoga classes for recovery. Reid Eichelberger, head trainer at the Philadelphia location, tells AskMen that the studio’s “MITT” and “FIGHT” classes are great for all levels, but the “TRAIN” and “BAGS” classes are the easiest options to start learning, and they will still leave you super sweaty and feeling accomplished. Private Boxing Lessons:  Celeb-favorite studio Dogpound  offers exclusively private and small group classes, a great option for beginners looking to get the one-on-one attention they need. Their rates can be a little pricey for a first-timer — $175 for a single private session — but it's worth the investment if you’re looking to fast track your boxing creds. Rhys Athayde, one of Dogpound’s founding trainers, explains how these private sessions allow for a bespoke approach to technique and create a lasting relationship between trainer and client. “After dynamic stretching, I teach technique — all the way from the basics to more advanced work, depending on the client's experience. This includes proper stance, which is absolutely fundamental to any progress,\' he says.  He notes that stance is the foundation of a boxing practice, the building block for all moves to come. “In boxing, your power and success come from a correctly balanced stance and properly placed feet. From there, I add punches one-by-one to their repertoire, and lots of shadowboxing, heavy bag work, and mitt work, so they can move onto combinations and sparring.” Find a Boxing Class Near You \t\t I Love Kickboxing! : Locations across the country \t\t\t Rumble Boxing : New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. \t\t\t Everybody Fights : Boston, New York, Lexington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta \t\t\t Dogpound : New York, Los Angeles \t\t\t Overthrow NYC : New York & Brooklyn \t\t\t BoxUnion : Santa Monica \t\t\t UFC Gym : Locations across the country \t\t\t 9Round : Portland, OR \t\t\t The Corner : Boulder, CO \t Punch It Out Whether it’s your first boxing class ever or you’re an addicted practitioner looking to change up your routine, it’s important to just get in the studio and punch it out. Don’t let the pros intimidate you, because everyone had to start somewhere. You’ll start to notice the benefits of the practice soon enough. You Might Also Dig: \t Boxing Workout for Weight Loss \t Muhammad Ali's Words of Wisdom \t How to Stay Motivated While Building Healthy Fitness Habits'

MANDEL: Boxing legend George Chuvalo’s wife wins first round in ugly family battle

Boxing Toronto Sun

George Chuvalo’s wife has scored a major knockout against her stepkids in her fight to bring the Canadian boxing legend back home. An Ontario Superior family court judge has dismissed an application initiated almost four years ago by his two adult
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Rousing night on Fight Street

Boxing The Pictou Advocate

NEW GLASGOW — Young members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club delighted nearly 300 fans at the club’s more recent card on Saturday at Summer Street.
'NEW GLASGOW — Young members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club delighted nearly 300 fans at the club’s more recent card on Saturday at Summer Street.Three of the eight Albion boxers recorded wins on the card that featured 12 matches, three of them exhibition. “It was amazing,” Albion head coach Al Archibald said. “It was such an exciting night.All our kids fought so hard, even in the exhibitions.” Albion boxers Noah Thompson, Rob MacLeod and Connor Walsh won their bouts.Thompson won a unanimous decision to start the second half of boxing, while MacLeod won in his ring debut when the referee stopped the contest. “It was a great experience,” MacLeod said. “I’d be glad to do it again.” Walsh also won a unanimous decision.It was his 10th bout, although it was his first bout in two years. “I’m glad to be back in the ring,” he said. “I like being home.I’m more comfortable in the ring in front of people I know.” The main event featured Tivor Stewart from the Albion club, a bronze medalist at the 2019 Canadian championships.A win was not to be this time as Stewart lost a unanimous decision to Yan Azarenkov from the FISTS club in Moncton.Ian MacLeod, who joined the Albion club in September and was boxing in his first bout, also lost a unanimous decision, while club mate Cameron Munroe lost a split decision.Albion club members Sadie LeBlanc and Caden MacDonald boxed in exhibitions.MacDonald’s match was against Hunter Naugle from the Westville Boxing Club.Naugle was one of two Westville club boxers on the card.Bohan Pettipas lost a unanimous decision.Meanwhile, Archibald, fellow coaches Erin MacGregor and Walter Linthorne and club president Jim Worthen were honoured with special sports achievement awards before the main event.Albion club has achieved four Boxing Nova Scotia awards and four Canadian championships from 2016 to 2019.From left: Rob MacLeod and Connor Walsh celebrate their boxing wins. (Goodwin photo) . The post Rousing night on Fight Street appeared first on The Pictou Advocate .'

The Sun’s Steve Buffery inducted into Ontario Boxing HOF

Boxing Toronto Sun

Sometime back in the late 1970’s, future Toronto Sun sports writer Steve Buffery and his friend Steve Chalmers were hanging out at a boxing gym in Rexdale, Ont., goofing around inside the ring. Suddenly, they were unceremoniously ordered out. Nobody
'Sometime back in the late 1970’s, future Toronto Sun sports writer Steve Buffery and his friend Steve Chalmers were hanging out at a boxing gym in Rexdale, Ont., goofing around inside the ring. Suddenly, they were unceremoniously ordered out. Read More'