Boxing can be beneficial to anyone who chooses it as their sport. It offers a complex workout that builds endurance, stamina, and physical fitness. The rigorous training you will undertake in boxing will build up your upper (back of the neck, shoulder, biceps and triceps of the arms, and chest) and lower body muscles like the rump muscle, hamstrings at the front and back of the thighs, and also the calf muscles. Another important core covered in boxing training is the abdominal muscles, called the rectus abdominis, and the latissimus dorsi: the muscle that protects your kidneys by covering your abdomen’s middle and lower back area where the kidneys are situated. There is no actual weight lifting in boxing workout, only some weight resistance exercises; this technique produces strong, toned, and well defined muscles without looking bulky.
Additionally, punching can tighten up the abs and strengthen the back, giving you better posture. Not only you will feel good about your physical conditioning, but you will also appreciate how boxing transforms you into a beautiful person inside and out. Boxing can also relieve your stress by channeling your unproductive emotions out of your system as you punch the heavy bag; this can be a great substitute for dealing with other things you would like to punch. You will be oozing with confidence once you step out of the boxing gym because you know that you are ready to face life’s exasperating challenges: both physically and mentally.
What is often overlooked in the Sweet Science is the potential earning from the sport; it is actually the most lucrative of all the benefits from boxing. Championship fights produce millions of dollars every year for prominent pugilists and top promoters in revenues and commercial sponsorships. Earning $12 million in less than six minutes was not bad, as in the case of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (considered as boxing’s no. 1 pound-for-pound champion) when he destroyed Ricky Hatton for the latter’s IBO and Ring Magazine light-welterweight title. Prior to that fight, Pacquiao also retired another famous boxer, Oscar De La Hoya, on a welterweight non-title, mega-match up, earning the Pacman $15-$30 million, just in pay-per-view sales alone. This fight registered the second largest gate revenue in boxing history, earning $17 million.
Boxing truly is a warrior sport: to succeed, you have to have determination, skills, and power; and it all starts with a few rounds in the gym.
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