Last year, I started boxing at Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston. I took one class and I was completely hooked!
Okay, when I say boxing I should clarify that I am not actually fighting anyone but rather doing a cardio and strength training workout through boxing exercises, sometimes know as “boxercise” or fighter conditioning.
Classes involve a series of different exercises: jump-rope, squats, weight training, core work, sprinting and of course punching on heavy bags!
After trying out a few places in Toronto I finally found a boxing gym that I liked — it was close to my office and it was a good workout. I bought a 15-class package at Center Ring. This morning I did my second class.
Before the class I made a simple (but delicious) breakfast: oatmeal and fruit.
Microwave 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats and 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk on high for about a minute and 30 seconds. I topped my oatmeal with a sliced banana and a few sliced strawberries. Yummy!
Then I headed to the gym…
It was a great workout! We started off the morning by jumping rope and doing a ton of ab work — definitely going to be sore tomorrow. Then we worked on the heavy bags for about 30 minutes. Wayne (the instructor) ran us through a variety of different punch combinations; more abs then finished off the day with weights.
Boxing classes are a super fun way to get/stay in shape. You can even do a boxing inspired workout in the comfort of your own home.
Try this home boxing workout (click on the “print” icon on the top left of the slideshow for a more user friendly version)
What is your favorite way to stay in shape?