As one may suspect, the one MAJOR difference between what is described as Boxing Fitness training and actual Boxing training is the combat portion of the training. Although sparring may be a part of Boxing Fitness, the main reason this type of training was created was to give Boxing enthusiasts or others interested in training like a boxer the opportunity to do so without having to actually fight.
Boxing Fitness gives the general public the chance to see and partake in the trainer an actual boxer goes through in preparing for fights or just to stay in shape. Although Boxing Fitness may look somewhat different depending on what gym you attend or trainer that you train with, generally, a Boxing Fitness session may look like the following:
1) Warm Up: This may include stretching followed by a few rounds of jumping rope. The warm up can also include jogging, or other cardio work.
2) Technique: For two to three rounds, the class will work to improve stance, punches, footwork, and combinations. This is typically done by shadow boxing and the coach walking around shouting instructions and correcting technique.
3) Heavy Bag and Focus Mitts: During this part of the workout, participants will go through a series of exercises hitting the heavy bag with different combinations or working on specific punches. The trainer may also hold focus mitts and work on combinations on a one-to-one basis. Again, this is done for two to three rounds, of three minutes in length with 45 second to one minute rest depending on the fitness level of the class and/or individual.
4) Wrap Up: The final 10-15 minutes of a workout can be the most challenging. This usually includes a series of plyometric exercises, core strengthening exercises (i.e. sit ups, and lots of them) and other strength and conditioning type of exercises.
As stated earlier, sparring may be part of Boxing Fitness but generally it is omitted from this type of training as Boxing Fitness is more of an exercise program than skill building for a combat sport. The lack of contact is usually the draw of many participants who want to be able to train like a boxer but do not wish to fight.
Lastly, another major difference between actual Boxing training and Boxing Fitness training is the level of intensity. As one would imagine, when a boxer prepares for a fight the level of conditioning he/she must endure is much more than a regular joe would be able to handle. A boxer generally engages in “roadwork” or running long distances, at varying speeds, almost daily. Then he or she would go through what the Boxing Fitness program may look like but at a higher intensity, followed by six to seven rounds of intense sparring. For those folks out there looking to train like a boxer but may not have the time and/or willingness to put their bodies through such a rigorous test, Boxing Fitness is a perfect fit.