How many times should you train per week to get the best results. This is a common question on the UAE Personal Trainers website.
If you are bored with the normal gym fitness routine perhaps boxing for fitness would work for you in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah. Boxing for fitness provides a great all over body workout and can help you lose weight too!
We asked a professional PT from Dubai for his tips on boxing as a fitness method.
Question: Boxing isn’t just a contact sport in the UAE. Using the same elements of fitness that pro boxers use boxing can be a great general fitness tool. As boxing PT in Dubai what would you say are the main differences between boxing for fitness and boxing as a sport?
I would say that Boxing as a professional sport in the UAE does focus on the techniques you would use in a boxing ring.
However, boxing when used as a fitness tool is designed to work as a cardio based fitness program which also helps with body toning.
Question: Can boxing for fitness in the UAE help with weight loss?
Compared to other cardio based workouts (which help you lose weight) boxing for fitness is high paced and designed to help you burn calories which should equal weight loss.
Boxing for fitness in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah can be provided on a 1-2-1 training basis or you can join a class that is held by a professional boxing personal trainer.
Either option will allow you to train hard and lose weight.
Question: As well as using boxing for weight loss in the UAE can boxing also help with muscle toning and growth?
Boxing for fitness uses all the muscle groups. Depending on the intensity of your workout this means you will lose weight and because you are training the muscles this will lead to muscle/body toning.
According to statistics boxing workouts can help the average person burn over 400 calories per hour – that’s a great figure when it comes to weight loss.
Using your core muscles, your upper body muscles (arms, shoulders, chest) and your leg muscles in a boxing workout means that as well as burning fat your muscles will become toned.
For muscle growth there are better training techniques like resistance training and training with free weights.
If you are looking for body toning and muscle growth at the same time it would be better to include some form of boxing for fitness ‘and’ weight training into your personal fitness plan in the UAE.
Question: What elements of boxing training are used for boxing for fitness in the UAE?
This really depends on what your PT or fitness coach feels would benefit you most during your boxing personal training sessions.
However, I like to use boxing bags, gloves, mits and kick pads.
These provide a great cardio workout at the same time as providing muscle toning benefits.
Speed, agility and stamina are also included in varying combinations.
All of the tools used in boxing for fitness sessions are designed to work on different parts of the body – sometimes the core, sometimes the upper body and sometimes the legs.
Overall though, you will benefit from a complete body workout either at your gym in Dubai or at home.
Question: Is boxing for fitness in the UAE a complete work out solution?
Ultimately this really depends on the PT clients goal in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah.
Boxing for fitness is a great way to start and continue your fitness journey and does have overall health and fitness benefits.
If your fitness goal is more specific – weight training for example then boxing for fitness can be included ‘as part’ of an overall fitness plan.
For weight loss boxing for fitness is ideal, it will help you lose weight and tone your body at the same time.
I would suggest that anyone should speak with a male or female professional boxing personal trainer in the UAE first to get an idea of how boxing fitness might be best for you.
Whether you want to learn boxing as a contact sport in the UAE or use elements of boxing as part of your training plan – boxercise for example, the UAE Personal Trainers website can help you find the best boxing coach in your local area of the UAE.