Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Harder and faster...

I should perhaps preface this by saying I am not a fan of violence, in any form.

And I am not a fan of modern day marketed boxing matches.

(My father in law used to box. By all accounts, he was fantastic in the ring, back in the 1950's.)


Boxing legend, Gene Tunney

So whilst I am not a fan of what boxing has become, nor of what street fighting used to be, I am in awe of boxing training.

I watch boxers train. every Tuesday night as I run on the treadmill down at the local dusty footy club gym.

And I love to watch them. Really love to watch them.

Men and women, traditional and kick boxing.

I watch the sets, the moves, the jabs, the crosses.

The lunges and the dips, the footwork, the hooks.

From boxers handshake to barn burner, and everything in between, I love to watch them.

I watch them as I run on the treadmill.

Watching them train with such speed and timing and grace: it makes me run harder, and faster.

No lycra here, just wrapped hands, loud music of a boxer beat, the smell of canvas and dust, and an air of concentration and power.

Power punches and counter punches, in training, are like an enigmatic dance.

Male or female, adonis or palooka, there is a focus and grace to the uppercuts and the slides.

As I said, I am not a fan of violence, in any form.

But I am a fan of watching people dedicate themselves to getting better at what they do.

Because that makes me try harder.

Have you ever watched boxers train?

Have you ever boxed?

What inspires you to try harder?


14 comments:

  1. Oh yes. Boxing training, never boxed. But if I had a niche, this is IT. I LOVE IT. You know how some people love running/jogging? I love boxing. LOVE it. Did I say I loved it?......

    I tend to build muscle as soon as lift a weight. Some may say lucky me, but it can be really ergly on an already quite large-framed, shortish woman ;) But boxing seems to make my limbs elongate and tone. It's brilliant (for me) for that. Oooh you have me all inspired. I know all the moves. Might just start sparring with an invisible partner - not quite the same jolt but still similar workout.

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  2. Diminishing LucyMarch 29, 2011

    Do it. Sign up. It is the BEST exercise. I did it for a few terms. Once I am run a& done for the Mothers Day Classic run, I am back to boxing. I aspire. xx

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  3. Ive always wanted to do boxing or kickboxing for exercise. The gym I belong to offers a mix of boxing and martial arts in a group class, and Im thinking about signing up.
    Great exercise AND great stress relief!

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  4. therhythmmethodMarch 29, 2011

    I used to do kung fu and got halfway to a black belt. When the sparring meant actually trying to hit people, i found it too confronting. But it was such a good way to train. Very hard, very disciplined, but amazing improvement in my fitness and strength. I felt so strong and confident, it was amazing. I would recommend everyone try martial arts training of some kind, it has amazing results mentally and physically.

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  5. I get it, I really, really do. And I confess that while I say I hate all forms of violence, I quite LOVE a boxing movie too... The Fighter, anyone? I think it's the true, down and dirty GRIT that a boxer displays that just gets to me. They DIG. Aw, I just love it!! x

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  6. I get it, I really, really do. And I confess that while I say I hate all forms of violence, I quite LOVE a boxing movie too... The Fighter, anyone? I think it's the true, down and dirty GRIT that a boxer displays that just gets to me. They DIG. Aw, I just love it!! x

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  7. I have started Tae Bo and love it, any sort of boxing for exercise is fantastic, almost empowering. Such great exercise and enjoyable too, don't get that everyday!

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  8. Do Love a Boxing movie like Maxabella. Million Dollar Baby anyone? For my own exercise i am trying harder because i want to be fitter to chase my kids!! Pilates once or twice a week, gym at least twice....I'm getting there. And tomorrow its a 6am gym visit for me! Nighty night xx

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  9. Do Love a Boxing movie like Maxabella. Million Dollar Baby anyone? For my own exercise i am trying harder because i want to be fitter to chase my kids!! Pilates once or twice a week, gym at least twice....I'm getting there. And tomorrow its a 6am gym visit for me! Nighty night xx

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  10. Boxing is something that has slid completely by my notice, so I'll go straight to inspiration.
    Watching my circus friends, young, old, newbies and professionals, tackle a new technique. I love watching them practice, seeing the skill transform from the basics, like repetitively jumping over a set height on the mini tramp, increasing the height and then final being able to do a mid air flip over a standing person.
    That inspires me. To try again and again, to take tiny steps and practice, practice, practice!

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  11. Boxing is one of my favorite sports today. I love watching and following fights of my favorite boxers. I wonder if boxers aims also to run faster during training camps.

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  12. I actually took up boxing last month -- I've been writing many posts about it!! I love how sore it makes me!

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  13. I probably wasn't very clear... I have boxed (with a trainer) for years in my past, just not got in a ring :) I'm unfortunately not in a financial position to sign up at the mo', hence the shadow box aspirations, but I've got some equipment here at home that you've inspired and reminded me to dust off and set up again. Thanks!

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  14. I love doing boxercise. I love the jabs, hooks and upper cuts. The impact of actually hitting a target kinda jars my shoulders and I end up with headaches though. So instead I've turned to Body Combat which is no actual hitting, just the moves put to music and I love it!!! I know it isn't real boxing but is as close as I get and it rocks. Again its the jab, jab, cross, hook, hook, upper, upper and power kicks. Then mix in some karate and kick boxing and whammo! Love it ....
    So, does that count?

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