“If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe in, don't even enter the ring." Madonna

Are you willing to fight to lose weight? If you are interested in participating in a high-intensity sport that offers you many benefits, perhaps consider taking up boxing.

For one, boxing is a combat sport that allows you to unleash your stress.

It is also a sport that teaches you how to defend yourself should you be attacked.

Another reason why you may be interested in the sport is that through boxing classes, you can learn to sculpt your body, build muscles and burn any extra fat.

Your weight loss aim with boxing should not be to become ultra-skinny but to burn any excess fat while having a well-sculpted body.

If you are interested in taking boxing classes to lose weight, then perhaps read on to find out all about losing weight through boxing.

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Boxing for Weight Loss: A Good Reason to Take Up Boxing Classes

Look around the boxing ring. Did you see anyone in the boxing ring who is overweight? Perhaps there has never been an overweight boxer as all boxers lose weight while training to be able to do well in the boxing ring.

How can you lose weight through boxing?
If you put in the effort, you'll start seeing the weight fall off. (Source: jarmoluk)

You may have seen in many of your health magazines or blogposts that boxing is a way to lose weight. You may be interested in taking a boxing class if you are struggling with weight loss issues such as:

  • Struggling to lose pregnancy weight.
  • Struggling to lose extra cellulite.
  • Struggling with bulky arms that you wish to tone
  • Having an unhealthy weight
  • Struggling to go down a size
  • Having a low metabolism

There are many people who want to lose weight but many of these people enroll in a normal aerobics class to lose the unnecessary kilograms.  Yet many people have not realised that by joining an amateur boxing class they could lose weight too and have fun while losing weight.

If you decide to take up boxing class then perhaps you can choose one of the many types of boxing classes offered in South Africa.

Types of boxing classes that you can join in order to lose weight are traditional boxing, savate, kickboxing, or Thai boxing classes. Boxing as well as martial arts can help to lower your body mass index (BMI). BMI is that which is used by coaches to decide upon a healthy weight range for you. To ensure that you have a healthy BMI range, you need to consider: your age, height, weight, and gender.

Perhaps you have realised that you have an unhealthy BMI, so we understand why you are looking to take up boxing classes. Is weight loss all that you will gain from joining a boxing class near to you?

Well, boxing also assists to improve your:

  • Strenth and ability to endure
  • Agility and flexibility
  • lung capacity
  • reaction speed and time
  • Cardiovascular performance
  • Stress levels
  • Self-confidence

Boxing surely does have many advantages but boxing won't help you lose as much weight as you would like to. For that reason, you may want to consider changing your diet as well. If you eat right and train right, there is no reason why you won't lose the weight that you wish to lose.

Benefits of Boxing Training

Irrespective of the type of boxing class that you choose to take, all boxing classes have quite an intense training session.

If you are looking to learn more about the benefits of boxing class, reach out to a Superprof boxing tutor to find out.

How many calories does boxing burn?
If you want to lose weight, you also need to eat right. (Source: Free-Photos)

Boxing allows you to lose much weight due to the high-intensity interval training that you undergo, but you must ensure that you eat right as well. If your diet consists of many high fatty meals and bad sugars, you won't lose the weight that you need to.

During training, you are working out your arms and your legs by doing all types of boxing. Footwork and the way that you stand when you are about to take a shot are equally as important as your arm work in unison with your feet in boxing.

Sometimes you might even do your boxing work on a punching bag or in the boxing ring with an actual boxing partner.

Regularly bouncing around in boxing class is a great form of exercise. However, many boxing instructors insist that you bring a skipping rope along to training, and by skipping, your cardiovascular system will begin to improve. Eventually, through skipping and bouncing, you will work on sculpting your arms, legs, and even your tummy.

Are you ready to reap the full benefit of a good workout?

To reap the full benefit of boxing, you must invest in the right equipment:

  • Boxing gloves.
  • Tape for your hands.
  • Mouthguards.
  • Shin guards.
  • Knee pads.
  • Boxing helmets.

Everything from the warm-ups to the actual training is best to help you to lose unnecessary weight.

So what boxing weight loss workout can you try?

Boxing Weight Loss Workout

If you join boxing classes solely for the purpose of losing weight, then which boxing class should you enroll in? With fitness boxing, cardio boxing, savate, Thai boxing, or kickboxing being a choice, which type is best for you? 

We can’t say that one type of boxing is preferable for losing weight compared to any other. But we can mention the type of boxing class and the workout that you will get from each type of boxing class.

Which is the best type of boxing for weight loss?
While all types of boxing are effective for losing weight, you should probably find the type that you enjoy the most. (Source: Claudio_Scott)

Traditional boxing gives you the perfect workout for your arms since it entails mostly punching. Kickboxing allows you to work out your arms and legs as it entails kicking and punching.  Thai boxing is a very extreme workout as almost any part of your body can be used when you defend yourself. The only place where you are not allowed to hit in Thai boxing is below the belt.

Aerobic boxing is often the type of boxing class that women choose to join in order to lose weight.  These aerobic boxing classes entail boxing in the air allowing you to work out your arms. Women tend to be drawn to aerobic boxing classes and these classes make room for you to tone your muscles, and allow you to better tone your body.

Find out more about getting started with boxing.

You should know that in any aerobic class, you will lose weight. All aerobic classes enable you to:

  • Sweat a lot.
  • Exert yourself
  • Build muscles.
  • Lose weight.
  • Tone your body.

Through boxing classes, you can get the strength that you need to defend yourself.  It also allows you to do basic exercise warm-ups like squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and burpees.

Boxing Exercise for Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight through a boxing class, how often do you have to attend your boxing class?

Through a single class, you can lose lots of weight.

How often should you box?
Make sure your boxing turns into a habit. (Source: Free-Photos)

You can lose about 800 calories per hour in a boxing class. Yet you cannot settle for one training session per week. Boxing several times per week is what you need to do in order to lose your desired weight. If you can't make at least 4 classes per week, you must try to go for at least two classes of boxing weekly. This is a reasonable amount of training but did you know that professional boxers train for 5 hours or more per day?

If you are interested in finding more details about kickboxing classes or Thai boxing classes, you can reach out to one of our experienced Superprof tutors.

You have the option of taking face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials, and each type comes with its own pros and cons.

Group boxing classes are quite reasonable since all the students in a class are paying for the tutor's time. The only disadvantage is that you get very little time with your tutor and too little feedback on your progress.

Face-to-face tutorials are another option that you have. With face-to-face tutorials, one of our Superprof tutors can tailor their lessons to suit you and your weight loss needs.

You also have the option of taking private online lessons with video conferencing software, a webcam, a microphone, and a good internet connection. You can enjoy private tutoring with boxing instructors from all over the world if you choose to take boxing lessons from the comfort of your home. These online private boxing lessons are relatively cheaper than you would normally think these lessons would be.

Always consider your budget and the goals that you wish to achieve from boxing classes before settling on a specific kind of boxing lesson.  With Superprof, our tutors offer their first lesson for free. In this way, you can discover what teaching approach you prefer and if you enjoy taking boxing lessons with a particular Superprof tutor.

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Laila

Laila is an enthusiastic English educator and a fun-filled freelance writer. She has accomplished her dream of getting her first book published and has managed to write over 1 000 000 words since beginning her freelance career. In her free time, she is a travel blogger who explores all South Africa has to offer.