Box yourself into shape
Fitboxing: Boxing minus the blows
The fitboxing trend has spilled over from the US and has taken Europe by storm. But unlike “regular” boxing, fitboxing does not include any physical contact with a partner. Instead, it’s all about a holistic workout that includes boxing elements such as focus mitt training, shadow boxing and kicks as well as sandbag and speedball training. Apart from these elements, stamina and strength are improved through targeted exercises (ab workouts, push-ups, bench presses, skipping rope units) and complemented with running and aerobics.
To properly learn the boxing techniques (stance, cover-up, punches with the lead and rear hand, etc.) and to better understand the overall concept of this sport, it is recommended – for beginners in particular – to join a designated fitboxing course. All simple kicking and punching exercises, e.g. with a sandbag, a speedball or focus mitts, can easily be done at home, as can additional exercises such as rope skipping and weight lifting.
Fundamental equipment for fitboxing includes a punch bag or speedball and of course boxing gloves and focus mitts if you're training in pairs.
Additional boxing equipment: What else do you need?
To protect your hands, thumbs and knuckles, it’s best to use handwraps. Foot protectors can be used to support your feet as they may have to perform some heavy work. You could also consider getting a gumshield to protect your teeth from potential impact. Fitboxers might also want to purchase their own skipping rope: skipping exercises are perfect for warm-up and generally great for building strength, endurance and coordination. A cool sports bag will provide plenty of space for your gear.
Fitness clothing and regular indoor or fitness trainers are ideal for your box training.
By the way, the First Lady is also a massive fitboxing fan…