I have been looking to pick up my cardio game, and I just can’t say enough about boxing. It is by far the best and most entertaining cardio workout ever!
I’m not talking about the sparring aspect, but just the techniques and workout themselves. Greg has mentioned how he loves Jiu Jitsu, and I imagine it is for the same reason.
I don’t know if you have ever tried sticking with a cardio routine, but man can that get boring quick! Maybe you are thinking about it and came across this article while researching, if so I highly recommend trying boxing!
I do a mix of working on the mitts and punching bag mostly, which I enjoy the most, after a warm up, and sometimes move around the ring shadow sparring etc. For one thing, you will be amazed how much of a workout each one of these is, even just moving around is a serious workout, nevermind when you start throwing punches and work on some defensive moves.
But for me, I have been working on my technique, as that keeps it interesting, emulating professional fighters etc., and wow, not only have I gained massive respect for what they do, but the challenge involved with the level of fitness they have attained to be able to do what they do.
Just try going hard on the mitts or the heavy bag for a couple minutes and you will see what I mean.
It Burns A Lot Of Calories
I will typically see 800 calories or more after 1-1.5 hours, depending how hard I push etc. on my Garmin Vivosmart. I think the most I have burned at the gym on the bike or jogging on one day is around 500 in just under an hour, and so that is an extra bonus if you are looking to burn fat.
In between boxing days, I have been trying different things like riding the stationary bike, hitting the heavy bag at home, jogging on the treadmill or at the local running track, and let me tell you, these all get so boring quick, I seriously have no idea how people stick with it week after week, and I understand all the social media memes about hating cardio.
So, if you get bored quick, like me, with jogging or whatever, find a boxing gym and go try it out! I have been thinking up some ideas in how to make jogging more interesting, and so I will likely write another post with some ideas I have come up with, but in the meantime, I say nothing comes even close to this.
Do you have a favorite cardio exercise? Leave a comment below!