I am very excited to bring you this latest Guest Post to Wildcat Fitness UK, not least because boxing is one of my current favourite ways to train. When Alejandro from Fight Co asked me if he could write something for Wildcat Fitness UK on the benefits of combat sports I was thrilled – there’s a reason boxers are so lean and fit! I’ll let Alejandro tell you more though….
You’ve probably tried the cycling classes, Zumba, yoga and meditation, and other popular fitness classes. But something that might have flown under the radar is combat sports. You heard right, I’m talking about muay-thai, boxing, judo, karate, and even the trendy MMA style of fighting. When you hear these disciplines of fighting, images of two men beating each other to the pulp probably arise. But just because you’re undergoing the same training as these fighters doesn’t mean you actually have to get into the octagon and Rousey another person to the floor. Taking up a combat sport will benefit you in ways that other types of fitness training can’t even come close to.
Training as though you’re about to step into the ring and engage in hand-to-hand combat person requires serious preparation. If a person is going to put their safety on the line in the ring, they better be willing to put in some serious gym time in order to give themselves the best fighting chance that they can.
The strenuous training involved in learning a combat sport will put you through the gauntlet. Your workouts will increasingly push you harder than ever before because you’re supposed to be training as if your safety depends on it. Again, you don’t actually need to put your health on the line, but it’s this mentality that will give you the confidence that will translate into other areas of your life. Training in your full body karate or judo suit brings you one punch closer to having the body and confidence you desire.
If you’ve ever felt that you’d like to improve a part of your body while not taking attention away from other areas, combat training has got you covered. Seeing as though you use your entire body when in the ring, you’ll have to flex every muscle in your body in order to be adequately prepared. A typical training session will activate every muscle in your body. You’ll know you’ve had a well-rounded workout when come the next day you’re having a difficult time deciding which part of your body aches the most.
Learn How to Defend Yourself
In an ideal world, outside of the gym you’ll never have to use any form of combat. But having a couple moves to neutralise a threat may prove helpful should you ever be unlucky enough to encounter one. If you’re not learning to combat an opponent in the ring, ask your trainer to demonstrate you a couple effective moves that you could put into action in a real life situation. A good trainer will have an arsenal of responses to a variety of scenarios – and that might just be all you need when that moment comes.
Alejandro, Fight Co