Observation: humans and their foibles
Do nice Girls Go Boxing? (Well, I think so)
All Girls Out There Please Listen Up! I have some wisdom to share…
Do you know about the fitness / training regime whereby weight-loss and toning is almost immediate? A two-hour work-out where your body actually changes shape and tones your natural form exactly how you want it to? Add that to the unadulterated chemical-free high and pure pleasure from punching the life out of a bag or smacking a pair of pads held in front of you by a hot dude! And one more thing – any irritable angst / annoying niggle you’ve felt during the day is simultaneously released, pretty much on impact.
Boxing, with circuit training to boot, is where it’s at girls.
AKA: Boxing is the new yoga – no mumbo jumbo, no psycho-babble – we are so over sitting cross-legged and contemplating our pristine and overly exfoliated navels – just let it out and vent!
What a marvellous way to end a day at work – whether you work at home (a sanity boost for freelancers) or at the office, just let it all out. (Also, FYI, not a bad idea to visualise someone’s face who has irritated you in your working day – those jabs are SO much more powerful when you do this!!).
Since discovering boxing as a twice/thrice weekly 2-hour session, I have found myself to be calmer, less uptight, a friendlier person (on the roads and to my family) and sleep is definitely deeper.
Boxing is of course hugely positive in boosting a girl’s confidence and her self-defense reactions.
No complaints either from being in extreme proximity to (straight) sweaty, well-built alpha males (being the minority sex in class is fabulous too, and a rarity at a yoga or ‘legs, bums, blah blah’ class at the gym).
Forget psychoanalysis, psycho-babble, self-help; get a bag, some gloves, don’t forget the wrist straps, and practice that jab.
Q: How did I get into boxing?
A: Always have had a ‘lock’ at the back of my shoulder, literally behind my heart; pain, but not excruciating – hauntingly dormant. In times of stress and tension, it spoke out in pain, almost like my subconscious in times of angst. After years of massage, yoga, swimming, jogging, acupuncture, you name it I have tried it to release the pain, it was not until I visited an Osteopath (Byron Spiers) who, after two sessions of trying to snap and twist my body, load it with needles, was professional, candid and succinct.
His diagnosis: the complaint was not treatable with any form of massage or indeed my beloved yoga, and not to spend any more money or time on these therapies – ‘Juliet you just need to let it all out and take up high impact exercise’.
I spent a month researching a host of local (and not so local) boxing schools. I finally found All Stars, Harrow Road. A truly wonderful bunch of guys run the joint, take an interest in all the students and are making their voice heard for the 2010 Olympics. Skipping, weights, mat-work, circuit training also thrown in.
Let your anger out and forget the OM-ing.
In this world of ipods and laptops, reality TV and box-sets, it so refreshing to have social interaction and physical contact during recreational sport.
A full work-out; for the mind, the body, and the soul. Euphoria immediately afterwards.
- Physical change – Noticeable changes to the body in record time, incredible results
- Utter focus – no time for losing concentration otherwise you get hit!
- Release and unleashing of tension like no other sport (it personally healed a ‘lock’ in the back of my shoulder)
- Many boxing clubs now let women join the classes, as equals (irritating to certain males am sure)
- Improvement of sleep
- Inexpensive: just need to buy straps and gloves and that is it, no special footwear required
- Good for gaining confidence, literally and psychologically, as a woman for self-defense, and good to be surrounded by sweaty (straight) men
- Great to learn how to perfect your technique, there is an art to perfecting your jabs and improve your style
- It’s fun!
- Women Box for Britain! For the first time, women have been invited to box for their country, in the 2012 Olympics.