How Safe Are Boxing Workouts? What You Should Know

FightCamp - How Safe Are Boxing Workouts

Ready to change up your exercise routine but not sure how safe boxing is? We’re giving you all the info you need to punch your way to your fitness goals.

Published: December 3, 2022

Topics: Wellness Tips, Wellness

Author: Iain Mackenzie

Is Boxing a Safe Workout?

As a combat athlete, one of the first things I get asked by new people is ‘aren’t you afraid of getting hurt?’ But the truth is, in many ways, boxing workouts are far safer than the traditional methods of getting in great shape- lifting weights, spin classes, or even running! Here are some of the reasons why that’s true.

Is boxing at home a good workout?

At-home Boxing Workouts Don’t Need Weights

Weight training can be pretty hazardous if you don’t have the proper form or instruction because weight training isolates muscle groups from their natural support structures. Boxing workouts, on the other hand, focus on doing the opposite- using muscle groups in combination and utilizing natural body mechanics to align strength in the single direction of whatever punch is being thrown. The result is that something as simple as a shadowboxing workout in your living room becomes a full-body anaerobic burn!

Boxing Has a Lower Impact on Your Joints

Because boxing workouts are essentially just mimicking what you want to do in a boxing match, all the motions are things your body naturally is designed to do. That means that your muscles are able to support your joints, resulting in a lower strain on delicate ligaments in your knees and shoulders than doing something like, say, a shoulder press or running and developing a runner’s knee. 

Technique and Form First, Everything Else Second

This is super evident when you look at any beginner boxing workout, the first thing any coach will tell you is that speed and power come from technique and form, not the other way around. Boxing home workouts are the same way, it's not about punching as hard and fast as you can, it's about punching correctly. That’s why hitting the punching bag isn’t all there is to a boxer workout. It’s not about how much you hit the bag, it’s about how you hit it. 

Staying Balanced

Boxing utilizes a wide, even-weight stance. That requires a bit of explaining, I know. What this means is that boxing uses a box shaped stance (the feet form half of a square with their placement) with weight equally distributed to each leg. That means that it is very hard to lose your balance and fall if you maintain a proper boxing stance, so much so that there are boxing techniques specifically to lose your balance on purpose to gather momentum (the Dempsey roll or drop step).

Exercise Equipment That Keeps You Safe

In boxing, your hands are your most important asset, which is why professional boxers do everything they can to protect them. The same goes for a boxing workout. Whether you compete in the ring or do a 4 round workout at home, protecting your hands with hand wraps and boxing gloves is crucial. 

Learn From Professionals

Competing in boxing is a rough sport, no doubt about it, but boxing workouts are actually incredibly safe. Generally, boxers utilize low-impact, safety-first workouts because the actual sport we are participating in requires us to be in great health. Almost everything in a standard boxing workout is specifically designed to avoid the risk of injury, and that’s just as true of at-home programs like FightCamp which employ workout routines and body mechanics used by actual boxers as it is of any competitive boxing gym.

Can you learn boxing alone at home?

At FightCamp, we understand the hesitations to start boxing, which is why our team of trained professionals is here to help you every step of the way. We teach you everything from how to fill your punching bag properly, to how to put on your boxing hand wraps, and most importantly, guide you on how to do each movement correctly so that you can take on your boxing workouts and reach your fitness goals with confidence.

Train Like a Fighter Safely

Take your workouts to the next level and train like a fighter with the at-home connected fitness solution used by world champion boxers Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather. FightCamp has everything you need to work out on your schedule, with premium boxing equipment and hundreds of on-demand strength, conditioning, kickboxing, boxing, core, and recovery classes led by real fighters. 

As Mike Tyson said - “FightCamp is the next level of training!” 

Iain Mackenzie

Iain Mackenzie is a licensed amateur boxer. He discovered boxing through karate and saber fencing, and has trained in multiple gyms across Texas, competing in amateur tournaments such as Golden Gloves & the Houston Open.

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