Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a (Little Honey) Bee

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.

Breakfast May 18

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 selfie with rope

Feeling good!

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?

6 thoughts on “Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a (Little Honey) Bee

  1. I always wanted to try boxing classes. I don’t want to get hit in the face, but I’d love to do it as a workout. You made it seem so much fun. And that pre class meal looks delicious, actually made me hungry seeing it. Keep up the great work :)

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