Olympic style boxing is aggressive, fast and very skilled, unlike the professional code of boxing we all view on television. The defining difference of Olympic style boxing is the computer scoring system; this has separated amateur and professional boxing more than ever, creating a new sport with a different focus and training system. This style of training is recognised today as the ultimate all-over body workout and the king of cross trainers. The introduction of computer scoring created the need for boxers to develop more speed and agility to impress the judges. Over time boxers in the amateur code have thus become the conditioning machine we all aspire to be.
No, at Ringside your involvement is fitness - not competition. The Ringside session is non-contact, we work in a safe and healthy environment and we understand what our clients require. Client safety and comfort is paramount and the first consideration to all our members.
If you are able to follow instructions and you are patient you can be taught the basic elements of Olympic boxing; the coordination of boxing is not unlike many other sports. It involves working from the ground up with your feet and hands working together. From a boxing stance you can generate speed and power not unlike tennis and squash players. The body angle and timing takes practice, however over time you will improve. There is an additional charge for one-on-one coaching and this charge will vary between trainers. Ringside will only allow competent trainers to work with clients inside their facilities.
Cross training is about targeting other areas of the body and different energy systems you may not be with your own training. It is important to find a balance To avoid injuries and by tapping into other training methods you can include areas of the body you may be neglecting. Boxers benefit from other sport specific training the same as all athletes do. Other advantages of cross training is a simple change of environment, which will often shock the body into responding and help the athlete gain a physical and mental improvement they are finding hard to get with the ever changing specifics of their own sport. All sports require coordination and timing. This is once again another advantage boxing will offer to the general or sports trainer, as boxing requires the whole body to get involved when properly trained as boxers do.
The fuel we require to remain active is a very important part of remaining productive with our training, often the nutritionist will talk about an 80% correct to 20% relaxed attitude to food, this percentage is based partly on the body's ability to cope with poor food choices and perhaps a realistic view of the average athletes' willpower. Good food choice is readily available, information through sport science on content and portions is also obtainable, the question that is always hard to answer is how important is your training and how badly do you want to achieve; nutrition will in many cases be the difference many athletes have or don’t have. The non athlete is often not as strict with food, however to remain motivated and active you should not completely ignore the obvious; you require fuel to work and to train.