I sat listening to the pitter patter of the rain one evening and, as I listened to the rhythmic drumming, I felt the life draining out of me. I had a job and I had a wonderful family, but my life suddenly felt so monotonous. Every day I’d wake up, go to work, come home, have dinner, and get ready for work the next day, just to wake up the next morning to start over. I was unhappy.
Ten years of the same pattern and you can start feeling old pretty quickly. “At thirty, I act like a sixty-year-old,” I thought. It was definitely time for a change. I needed to take up a sport, but what was I going to do? I started looking up the different types of sports and that’s when I came up with the idea of boxing. Now, a year later, I can tell you that I love this sport and it has changed my life. I look and feel younger than I did in my twenties.
If you’re a woman thinking of taking up boxing as a sport, I’d say go for it as a woman myself. It’s a great sport, helps you lose weight, keeps you feeling fit and it’s not just for the guys. However, as a beginner boxer, there are a few things you’ll need to get started. So here’s a basic guide to point you in the right direction.
The first thing you learn in boxing is to hit your opponent as hard as possible. Imagine a rock catapulting into a brick wall that’s how hard you want to learn to hit. And you can, but it all starts with a good set of boxing gloves. You may want a sport that gets you active and helps you relieve all of that pent-up stress, but you don’t want one that will break the bones in your hands. For this reason, a good set of gloves is essential. Consider trying a pair of athletics Women’s Everlast training gloves. These give you that tough, feminine look you want and the protection you need for that new boxing class.
Practice, practice and more practice. Boxing is more than just knocking another person out. It’s a sport and as with any sport, much of the action goes on behind the scenes. In fact, you could say that many boxers don’t even get into a match. They find practicing the sport with punch bags just as rewarding as getting into the ring with another opponent. Actually, a punching bag is one of the most important items in any boxer’s collection, and people that have been practicing for a long time will tell you that they love their punch bag. Working with the punching bag increases your heart rate and gives you more stamina. As a novice boxer, you might try something like the Everlast Speed bag to increase your speed and work on your footwork. This bag can help improve your reflexes and help your hand-eye coordination.
When you want to practice full body punches, try a bag like the Century Aerobic Wavemaster. The only drawback to this cool punch bag is that you can’t really haul it from your home gym to any other location.
If you want to box, you have to look the part, and there’s nothing like a sexy pair of boxing shoes to make you feel tough and ready to take on the world. Personally, I love the red Title Boxing Lo-Top shoes. These offer that real boxer look, but I also think their design offers the perfect amount of feminine toughness too. These are my favorite boxing item.
What About The Rest?
You don’t need much more than this. The rest of your attire should include apparel you’d use for any other sport. You can wear a good pair of lycra, shorts, and a cool t-shirt. Just make sure the clothes you wear are comfortable.
Taking up a sport really changes your lifestyle. Suddenly, you have something to do in the evenings. It can also be a social activity. You can box to stay fit but also to meet other people, go to sparring matches and have fun.