TRAIN LIKE A BOXER

You don’t have to take to the ring to reap the benefits of training like a boxer. Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier: consider the endurance, strength, rhythm and mental fortitude of these greats during their prime – we can learn much from boxers and their training methods.  This is a simple but effective little routine to boost your athleticism and stamina. Best of all, you don’t need a punching bag, sparring partner or gloves to get the benefit of this set of movements.   Start today – Boxing Day – or keep this full body workout in your back pocket until January 1 and kick off 2015 by heading to the gym and cycling through these back-to-basics exercises. You may even want to give this routine a try before our 4 Week Fitness Commitment Program begins on January 12!   Ready to mix up your workouts with this one-two punch of cardio and calisthenics? Let’s get our hearts pumping, blood flowing, and knock out the winter blahs!   1. Warm up – 10-15 minutes of skipping 2. Push-ups – do as many as you can in 60 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Do as many as you can in 30 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Do as many as you can in 15 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat for 3 sets. 3. Sit-ups – do as many as you can in 60 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat for 3 sets. 4. High knees – do as many as you can in 60 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Do as many as you can in 30 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Do as many as you can in 15 seconds. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat for 3 sets. 5. Cool down – 5 minutes of shadowboxing   Throughout the cycle, be sure to keep a solid core and focus on perfect form and controlled movements to enjoy maximum effectiveness. By taxing your largest muscle groups, these simple moves will improve your flexibility and power in no time. If you’re looking for a fun, no-fuss way to mentally and physically switch gears in the gym – here it is!   Tell me, what types of fitness activities will you be immersing yourself in before our #FitCommit Program starts January 12? Indoor swimming? Snowshoeing? Boot camp? Let me know in the comments below!   Remember I’m always listening, Tosca