Boxing Classes for Absolute Beginners: How to Get Started
The benefits of boxing are so wide-ranging that classes are starting to become more popular than ever, and likely to keep filling up. But for absolute beginners, the sight of all those heavy bags and boxing gloves can feel a little intimidating. Not to worry — it's easy to get started and feel like a seasoned pro in no time.
Here are some steps for getting into the swing of boxing classes, even if you've never thrown a punch:
Choose Your Class
Each boxing class is different from the next Here are some examples of boxing classes and what to expect at each:
- Women's Boxing Conditioning: This class teaches basic boxing skills and techniques and includes core strengthening, cardio calisthenics, shadow boxing, and bag work. If you prefer a women-only environment, this is a great class for getting started.
- Boxing Conditioning: Open to both men and women, this class also focuses on basic boxing techniques and skill building.
- Kickboxing Conditioning: If you want to learn boxing skills and basic kickboxing at the same time, this class offers both, along with core strengthening exercises.
Check class descriptions to make sure they're appropriate for beginners. For example, Boxing Skills and Techniques is geared toward those who've taken prior classes and already have some boxing skills.
Get the Gear
Class descriptions or details should also give you an idea of the equipment you’ll need to get started. For more traditional boxing classes, you'll need a mouthguard, also called mouthpiece. These U-shaped guards help protect your upper teeth. When you’re getting started, a standard boil-and-bite mouthguard is a good choice. Fitting it to your teeth is an easy process.
For both boxing and kickboxing conditioning, you'll also need hand wraps and boxing gloves. Here are some details on each:
Hand wraps come in several variations. Professional boxers often wrap using athletic tape and gauze, but that takes more time and the wraps can't be reused. A better option for working out are cloth hand wraps, which can vary in length between 100 and 200 inches in length. Although longer wraps provide more protection, they can feel too bulky for someone with smaller hands. Get wraps that are more geared toward your hand size. Also, it's a good idea to order two pairs, so you have one to wear while the other is in the wash.
Gloves also come in multiple options, and higher level boxers often have several pairs, including some for sparring and others for fighting. Beginners need training gloves, which can be used for all types of boxing training, and help to protect your hands when hitting heavy bags. For weight, it's recommended that men use 16 oz. gloves and women use 14 to 16 oz. gloves.
Take the Time to Get Ready
It's entirely possible to arrive at a yoga class two minutes before it starts, and not be late for your first pose. That's because all you have to do is roll out your mat. But with boxing classes, build in some extra time to wrap your hands.
As you do more boxing, this process can get speedier — but when you're first starting out, it takes longer to get a feel for how to do it. Also, don't be afraid to ask for some help. There are online instructions for wrapping, but nothing beats having someone experienced wrap while you watch and learn.
With the right class selected, the appropriate gear in your bag, and plenty of time before class to get ready, you'll come into any class like a champ. Get in fighting form in no time with a UFC Gym Free Pass.