6 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Boxing Class
If you have been DYING to slip a pair of gloves on and hop in the ring, but feel too intimidated to join a boxing club or give a kickboxing class a go: DON'T BE.
Boxing classes provide an incredible workout that combines the fighting-style moves of actual boxing with cardio plyometric-style exercises to torch calories, really make you sweat, and even help relieve a little stress.
TITLE Boxing Club is my absolute favorite workout ever. I remember the first class I went to, I had no idea what to expect, what to bring, how the workout would be structured, where I would be sore the next day, etc. A lot of people can feel intimidated by the way boxing is portrayed. Many think boxing is tough, intense, and "too hard" of a workout.
Which is COMPLETELY normal to feel. Brooke Budke, Sr. Marketing Director of TITLE Boxing Club, says she was nervous her first class but now loves every second. Any time you try a new workout class it can be a little intimidating, but people of all ages, genders, and fitness levels come to TITLE Boxing Club.
There are all different kinds of boxing clubs, but TITLE offers a variety of class styles including boxing, kickboxing, MMA classes, and even private training. Most of the classes use the high intensity interval style of training to sculpt the body and burn maximum calories. It's truly a full-body workout that will challenge you physically, mentally, and empower you to feel more confident than ever after you leave the gym.
Jenn Parker, Sr. Field Marketing Manager at TITLE Boxing Club recalls being nervous for her first class. "I didn’t know what I was doing and I was praying I didn’t get called out. I would’ve been so embarrassed. The trainer shows the class what to do every time, so I wasn’t on my own figuring it out. No one has ever embarrassed me in a class."
If you have never tried a TITLE class: I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a go. I fell in love with TITLE after my very first class and now I consider boxing one of my favorite hobbies as opposed to just a 45-60 minute workout. TITLE's boxing and kickboxing classes are structured with a warm-up, eight three-minute rounds of boxing on the 100-pound heavy bags, and 7-15 minutes of solid core work at the end. Between rounds of boxing, you will do some form of active recovery like squats, lunges, skaters, etc. for one minute and grab a drink to get ready for the next round.
The trainers at TITLE are super helpful with teaching proper form, so you don't have to worry about having zero boxing experience or knowing a structured routine before you sign up for your first class. Every trainer is different and they all have their own personal flare they like to throw in to the workouts, so you can always expect something fresh. However, there are a few prep tips and common misconceptions about boxing to take note of, so I've rounded up the top six things you need to know before you take your first boxing class.
1. You need to bring water and a sweat towel.
You may be thinking: "A sweat towel? Nah, I won't get that sweaty." Trust me on this one. A sweat towel will definitely come in handy after about three rounds. Because of the class's combination of boxing moves with a series of full-body cardio and core exercises in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) structure, your body will torch calories not only DURING the workout -- but afterwards as well -- thanks to a process called EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). During the one-minute rest period between rounds, you'll definitely want a water bottle and a sweat towel to dry off and get ready to go again.
2. You don't have to have your own gloves.
Although most prefer to buy their own gloves, if you are just testing out boxing to see if it is for you, TITLE has gloves at the gym for you to use (and YES, they clean them after every class). You will also need to wrap your hands before you put the gloves on, but TITLE has those at the club too. There is pretty much every color of hand wrap you can imagine (I actually have a set of white wraps and a set of pink wraps). The trainer at the club will wrap your hands for you, so you don't have to worry about knowing the proper technique or worry about wrapping wrong and getting a blister.
3. You should get to class about 15-20 minutes early.
Especially if it is your first class - getting to the gym early will help ease any nerves or jitters you may have about stepping out of your comfort zone. A lot of people like to get to the club, find their bag, wrap their hands, and get stretched out and warmed up before class starts. I always like to get there early to talk with the staff, trainers, and friends I am taking the class with. Everyone at TITLE is super welcoming and it truly feels like a family!
4. You can wear (almost) anything you want.
You definitely need proper footwear for a boxing class (a tennis shoe that provides support and allows you to move freely and quickly without worrying about an injury from improper footwear). I like to wear my running shoes, because they are lightweight and allow me to move with speed. When it comes to workout clothes, though, you can wear shorts, spandex, leggings, tank tops, t-shirts, crop tops, sports bras - you name it. There isn't really a "boxing look" like you would see in a yoga class. People of all different backgrounds and tastes in activewear come to TITLE, and I love how it's a comfortable environment where everyone is able to express their personal style. I usually wear a good pair of high-waisted leggings and a sports bra or crop top.
5. Your arms WILL NOT bulk up.
Just like with weight training, a lot of girls especially are worried a training style like boxing will "bulk up" their arms. However, with proper form, boxing is a full-body workout that requires a strong core more than anything. When your legs, core, and arms are all engaged and working together to throw the hardest, quickest punch, you will see total-body toning - not just in your arms. TITLE's workouts also incorporate bodyweight-based strength and cardio moves to give you that "leaned out" look.
6. You don't have to be in "super good shape" to start boxing.
One of the BIGGEST misconceptions about boxing is that you have to be ripped, have six-pack abs, be able to run a marathon, or be able to make it to the final round with Rocky Balboa himself. All of these are FALSE. Boxing isn't only an incredible way to get up and get moving; it's also a great way to relieve stress and form a community centered around a love for living an active lifestyle. All of TITLE's workouts are easily modifiable to meet any fitness level, the trainers are amazing at making sure you feel confident and empowered, and people of all ages, genders, and fitness levels are regulars at the club. Don't ever let the fear of the unknown or a lack of confidence in your abilities stop you from trying something new! Once you start, you'll fall in love with the energy and encouragement present in every class.
"I was tired and just when I thought about taking a break, I looked up and saw how no one else in the class was giving up, regardless of what shape they were in. It was motivation and inspiration I had ever felt in any workout. There’s something so exhilarating about hitting a bag with every emotion that you have: stress, anxiety, sadness, excitement, pride. It never gets old."
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