The Sweet Science
Boxing is a very popular and ancient sport, practiced worldwide on local and world stages. Boxing was introduced to the ancient Olympic games in 7th century B.C and debuted at the modern Olympic games in 1904 at St Louis. Women’s boxing made its debut at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Like many sports, boxing has produced prolific and controversial figures, forcing society to reflect on its past and present to redefine a better future.
It is a great misconception that boxing is brute strength, power, and violence. Rather, boxing requires strategy, discipline, stamina, patience, determination, and great intelligence to out maneuver the opponent, find his/her weaknesses, and exploit them to one's advantage. Dubbed 'The Sweet Science" boxing, when exercised correctly, is an art-form that requires great skill, conditioning, and experience.
Baltimore's Boxing Legacy Is Rich and deep
Joe "Old Master" Gans
Joe "Gans" Gant was the first Baltimorean and African-American ever to win a world title, in 1902. Gans used his earnings to build the Goldfield Hotel in Baltimore City that welcomed all through its doors!
Benefits of Boxing as a sport or as fitness
Boxing is one of the most physically demanding sports on your lungs, heart and muscles. Most importanty, boxing is for everyone! Here are some of the many benefits boxing brings to our lives:
1. Cardiovascular Health
Throwing punches actually puts your muscles to work and your heart into action! Avoiding others' punches using quick feet, weaving and bobbing, ducking, and moving, also gives your heart and lungs a workout. Finally, building up your stamina through boxing drills such as jump rope and shadowboxing provides your with hours of solid, full-body workout challenges.
2. Strong Bones & Joints
Your bones work in much the same way as your muscles do. The more weight you put on your bones and joints, the more those bones produce bone mass which is critical your long-term health. Boxing gets you up on your feet, puts weight on your legs, knees, and arms and keeps your bone density growing!
3. Muscle Development
Through training routines like sit-ups, push-ups, running, punching, agility exercises, and more, boxing strengthens your muscles and makes you more powerful and speedy.
4. Improved Coordination
Boxing involves a lot of coordination because you need to be able to bounce around and move in certain directions with your feet, while at the same time landing punches on your opponent. Moreover, you have to be able to aim your hands perfectly to land those perfect punches, something that requires serious hand-eye coordination!
5. Weight Control
Boxing on a regular basis goes a very long way in helping you lose weight. An average training or sparring session in the ring, or even just going after a heavy weight bag, will allow you to burn anywhere from 400 to 700 calories every single hour.
Do you know how good it feels to be fitter, stronger, healthier, faster, and in the company of an amazingly diverse group of people? You should try it! It's a game-changer and will put a new pep in your step.
7. Core Strength
Building a stronger core is critical to having better posture, less back pain, and better balance. Training for the ring targets your core so that you have the ability to deal with quick rotational movements.
Sticking to boxing automatically increases your endurance as you build muscles mass, strengthen your core, and put in your cardio work. For every competitive boxer, endurance is key to outlasting and out maneuvering your opponent, especially in those championship rounds!
9. Self Defense
It doesn't hurt to have the wherewithal to defend yourself if the unfortunate situation arises. While we train for fitness or for competition in the ring, the lessons we learn in boxing and the ability it teaches us, is extremely valuable in real life situations where your life may be threatened.
10. Stress Relief
One of the best things about boxing is that it has the ability to relieve stress and tension in your body. Part of the reason for this is because hitting things and taking your anger out on an inanimate object like a punching bag simply feels good.
Violence is never the first solution, but when it comes to relieving stress and getting rid of pent up rage, a few right hooks and left uppercuts will definitely make you feel better! Another part of the reason that boxing is good for relieving stress is because of the physical intensity it involves. Exercising at increased levels is shown to make people feel happier and relieve the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.