started boxing again as part of my exercise regimen...
September 19, 2012 12:23am CST
and i really feel better nowadays. during the latter part of august, i happened to pass by a signage of a boxing gym and decided to check the place out. what i liked about the gym was its location. it is situated at the fourth floor of a building and there are hardly any customers which bodes well for starters such as myself. technically, i'm not a novice at boxing since i started boxing when i was younger. i joined my uncle as he was training with the amateur boxers pool during that time, he was friends with them. so anyway, the place ain't packed like the other boxing gyms i've visited. less people who have signed up, the better trainer-student ratio. also, there are less people to share the equipment with. that's a definite plus in my book. plus, it's right in the middle of the city i consider my second home and playground... i decided to sign-up. after signing up, i went ahead and bought the equipment i'll be needing, boxing gloves and hand-wraps (i'll write a a discussion about it as well after i wrap this discussion up). the next day, i eagerly went to the boxing gym to start my first day officially. i did some stretching exercises to warm-up. i also did the 10-20-30 challenge. i did ten push-ups, twenty burpees, and thirty jumping jacks. i did one set, rest for 1 minute, and did two more sets, with lesser rest times in between (45 seconds and 30 seconds respectively). that seemed to impress my trainer who asked me at least seven to eight times if this was my first foray in boxing. anyway, after the stretching and warm-up part, i got my hand wrapped. i observed diligently as i wanted to do the hand wraps myself (or at least practice doing the hand wraps at home). i got my gloves and then it was on with the mitts. i got a crash course on the basic punches, the jab, straight, hook, and upper-cut. after which, it was a round with the speed ball. i didn't do good. i didn't have the rhythm which can be seen with the likes of mayweather or pacquiao. i also didn't do the skipping rope exercise. again, no rhythm. although, i think i'm a fairly good dancer, i just couldn't cut it. lol! anyway, after that, it was three more rounds with the double-ended speed ball. i did fine with that and then i round it off with three more rounds with the mitts. after that, i did ab exercises and got a back, arms, and legs massage from the trainer. it was an eventful day really and i felt it was a first good step in trying to get better physically. anyway, have any of you fellow mylotters tried boxing? or perhaps any form of mixed martial arts? my plan is to continue boxing until the end of the year and take up another form of mixed martial arts next year. not sure what i'll take but most likely it'll be jiu-jitsu. anyway, that's thinking to far ahead. feel free to chime in and share your thoughts my fellow mylotters!!! cheers and happy mylotting!!!
19 Sep 12
Excellent! Boxing is one of the best all-round conditioners in my opinion and you can get one heck of a workout! I teach a Boxing Bootcamp class once a week and people's fitness levels improve consistently. Endurance, strength, agility..... It's all covered with boxing and as a side bonus, you get to learn to defend yourself as well. I love it! I wish you all the best with it and hope you stick with it!
25 Sep 12
hi james72. glad to know there is a boxing instructor among us here in mylot. i do agree that it is one of the best if not the best all-round conditioning activities one can do. i'll be glad to hear tips from you as well as additional exercises to help me improve my boxing skills. i'll definitely stick with it. right now, i'm going to the boxing gym three times a week but will cut it down to just one once my schedule for basketball and badminton sessions gets finalized. i've also written it in my post below, i'll pick up another sport, most likely jiu jitsu to complement my boxing. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
6 Oct 12
Jiu Jitsu (Especially Brazilian) is definitely a good idea as fights more often than not end up going to the floor and if you don't have a ground game, it's gonna be game over! As for tips, the number one thing I can offer up is to be sure to never sacrifice good form for the sake of power. So many people try too hard to PUNCH hard, they lose their form and end up leaving themselves off balance and wide open defensively. Happy boxing!
7 Oct 12
hey james!!! thanks for the tips. appreciate it a lot. definitely picking up jiu jitsu starting next year. already stoked about it. yup, really mindful about my form. so far, i think i'm giving a good account of myself in my training sessions. cheers!!!
21 Sep 12
i'm glad to know that someone here is doing boxing. i have done boxing some time ago. but now, i only do some shadow boxing at home. i have my punch bag though and rope. the exercises and drills and discipline are the best in boxing. you can really get enough. you always want to push yourself further and further.
24 Sep 12
hi rberon!!! lol! love the analogy about counting down the days to christmas!!! it is so appropriate. anyway, i'm sure everyone is waiting for your announcement and private messages. looking forward to hearing from you about this get together rberon. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
25 Sep 12
hi mensab. apologies for the wrong post... perils of doing mylot and answering discussions using multiple tabs. anyway, back to the topic at hand, glad to hear that you did boxing before. would love to hear tips from you. particularly want to hear how to improve my hand speed. i cannot for the life of me do the speedballs. lol! so far, i'm doing boxing three times a week but will my sessions to once a week, once i get my schedule for basketball and badminton settled. back to boxing, also doing a lot of work on my stance and form. i really want to nail the proper form before concentrating on developing my power and endurance. feel free to chime in mensab, like what i wrote above, would love to hear tips from you. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
25 Sep 12
hi there tiger695. first off, welcome to mylot. remember to follow the rules and regulations of the site and your stay here will be a breeze. for any other questions and clarifications, feel free to contact and chat with the site admin or with the more tenured members of the site. you'll find out that the mylot community is a very helpful one. back to the topic at hand, yes, definitely agree that boxing is a good over-all conditioning exercise. it involves hand to eye coordination, foot speed, power, and endurance. plus there is just so much fun in punching yourself out either with a sparring partner or with a full sized punching bag. lol!!! glad that you mentioned about jiu jitsu. actually, my plan is to take up boxing until the end of the year and then pick up an additional sport for next year. jiu jitsu is on top of my list as well as arnis. it is a local fighting style mainly using sticks and knives. i have friends and colleagues who are into all these mixed martial arts stuff and most of them have taken up jiu jitsu at one time or another and are encouraging me to take it as well. nothing has been set on stone yet but i'll most likely take up jiu jitsu as well net year. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
19 Sep 12
Well great to hear about your love for boxing. Yes boxing is a great way to stay fit and healthy. It is a great way of toning down the muscles and feel refreshed than before. Boxing can also be taken as a profession if one wishes to and make it as career option and represent one's country. What say?
25 Sep 12
hi subhojit10. i took up boxing because even as a child, i have loved the sport and the science behind it. i remember watching boxing matches and enjoying every single minute of it. i picked it up now again since i have more free time and i have the means to go into it. plus it is a good physical activity. anyway, i doubt if i'll be able to do this as a profession. doubt it will happen. lol! anyway, i'll still keep training and will keep boxing until i can. cheers and happy mylotting!!!