Perhaps one of the reasons for the sport’s growth in popularity among such well-heeled white collar workers is that its intense, high repetition work rate allows for short yet productive sessions to be effectively squeezed into busy 8-to-5 schedules – in 45-minute lunch breaks or before morning meetings, for example.As business executive Brett van Aswegen, a trainee at The Armoury since its inception in 2010, so succinctly summarises, “It’s about capitalising time and getting the most in return.” And such ‘returns’ manifest on a number of different levels, a physical one being perhaps the most prominent.
“Because you’re standing on your feet, you work your whole body at once,” explains Andy, who goes on to emphasise that, at The Armoury at least, the practice is about far more than fostering an impressive external appearance.
“The focus is on all-round, well-balanced fitness, on functionality, not just aesthetics.” In line with boxing being a more multi-faceted and valuable activity than it has often been given credit for, the art holds a few, somewhat less well-documented, psychological benefits too.
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Deemed by proponents and participants as the ultimate way to whip (punch, jab or parry) the body into shape, boxing – and the mix of sustained routines and quick, intensive activity involved – burns buckets of calories, activates almost all muscle groups, and affords a killer combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
Not to mention, as the workout it provides boasts both cardio and strength-endurance elements, boxing typically results in improved stamina, suppleness, power and coordination, significant fat reduction, and legs, arms and abs that are supremely tight and toned.
“Whereas some fitness forms are just about looking good on the beach, at the end of the day, boxing is a game,” explains Andy Pow, skilled Scottish-born personal trainer and manager at The Armoury.
“We find that a lot of people come in because they want to keep fit, healthy and strong, and they like the idea of playing a sport to achieve this.” The notion of this science as something that’s accessible to, and enjoyed by, regular individuals who don’t fit the ‘belligerent ruffian’ stereotype is central to the concept of White Collar Boxing, a form in which The Armoury specialises.
In this way, then, the practice is a workable, worthwhile option for anyone – of any age or disposition –that’s just looking to tone up or size down (no frenzied fisticuffs or combat required).