Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rockabilly & Boxing

I started at a boxing gym on Monday, making today Day 3 (Wednesday I have off).  Women boxing is nothing new.  It's been growing in popularity for women since the late-1800s.  This is my first boxing gym experience, but I have followed a boxing routine while working out at home, taken kickboxing, and taken taekwondo.  My typical workout schedule is only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  At 4am I get out of bed, suck down some coffee, and get to Planet Fitness to run for 30 min.  I usually run ~4 miles, my fastest mile time is 6 min 43 sec on the elliptical.  By 5:30am I am showered, sometimes I've tanned, and I'm home - ready to chug down a protein fruit & veggie smoothie.  Boxing doesn't start until 5pm.  I tend to stay for 2 hours - and it really doesn't feel like 2 hours!  Day 1 and Day 2 were me figuring things out.  The coach pointed out a general routine schedule that is posted on the wall.  Today I am fully prepared to follow that schedule.

I think boxing, for men or women, should really be a bigger part of the rockabilly scene.  It's a bit rough n' tough, you are reliant upon yourself, it keeps you fit, and it always seems to be on the outskirts of acceptability (just like rockabilly).  I also like the idea of rockabilly being associated with the idea of strong people, whether it's strong-willed people or strength-wise.  Boxing is one of those sports where you WILL get strong if you start doing it.

What can you expect at a boxing gym?

  • Cardio.  You're going to do some running at the very least.  I run 3-4 miles in the morning, so I kind of get out of it at the boxing gym.  Cardio may also include riding a stationary bike, running stairs (I was told to run 3 flights of stairs 40 times on Tuesday), etc.  
  • Slip Work.  This is the process of learning to move, while in a slightly squatted boxing position.  You'll be learning to move forward, backward, side to side, dodge, and bend low.  
  • Shadow Boxing.  At the gym I go to there are 13 different punches and 4 slip punches (A,B,C,D).  The coach typically yells out combinations such as 2, 5, 2, B while you initiate the sequence.
  • Core Work.  You can't be a good boxer if you have a weak core.  Sit-ups, push-ups, crunches, pull ups, leg bicycles, etc.  I find this to be the easiest out of everything.
  • Jumping.  It should be no surprise that jump rope is incorporated into boxing.
  • Bag Work. We spend 12 minutes on a heavy bag and perhaps the same amount of time on the speed bag.  The speed bag is all about timing, rhythm, and accuracy.  The heavy bag is all about endurance and learning to hit a solid object.  I love bag work!

So Freakin' Funny.....
Want to know what the funny thing is about this boxing gym?  While adults are definitely allowed, and I think appreciated, the coach caters to a crowd of 8-17 year olds on a regular basis!  It's right next to one of the local Boys & Girls Clubs.  I told my sister that I am one of the only adults at a kids' boxing club.  She had a good laugh at that.  I don't mind.

For your viewing pleasure, I want to present a few images from the 40s and 50s of FEMALE BOXERS!  They all look fabulous, don't they?!    I am so glad we don't have to wear heeled shoes while boxing!

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