Boxing

A Brief History of Boxing

Boxing is a fist-fighting sport between two matched fighters wearing padded gloves. A boxer’s goal is to land as many punches as possible to the head and torso of the opponent, using strength and speed to dominate the match. One of the oldest forms of martial art still practiced, boxing dates back thousands of years ago. Today, the sport is very popular all throughout the world and encompasses both amateur and professional matches. Sometimes it is referred to as pugilism, from the Latin word pugil, meaning “a boxer.”

For most of the 20th century, boxing attracted huge fan and media attention in the world. Some boxing champions became legendary, larger-than-life figures, such as Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson. Even though being hardly criticized for its violent nature and high injury rate, boxing has somehow always managed to survive and even thrive as a sport.

Records show the sport was part of the ancient Olympic Games of 688 BC. Plato mentions boxing in both The Republic and the dialogue Gorgias, and the poet Pindar elegized the Olympic boxing champion of 474 BC.

The Romans also embraced the sport of boxing, turning it into a brutal gladiatorial spectacle. Boxers of this time covered their hands and arms with a leather thong called a cestus, sometimes studding it with metal spikes. The combatants often fought until one was fatally injured.

Sports scientists will agree that fitness boxing is one of the best forms of exercise, because it conditions the total body and provides a complete workout for your cardiovascular and endurance systems. Its major benefits are increased stamina, strength, speed, coordination, and shed pounds.

The sport also promotes a person’s well being by strengthening their self-discipline and combined with strength training, it can be considered truly the total package for self-defense and fitness in one!

Based on my personal experience the usual workout will last more less than an hour. Fitness boxing will give you a complete workout and yield great results.