So for the first half of this semester I had the pleasure of taking a boxing course at Marist with Ron Lipton. It was a one-credit course and I really recommend taking it, especially if you have never boxed before. Now in case you weren’t aware I’m into high contact sports being a rugby player and all, so this wasn’t the first time I have boxed.I’m no featherweight champion, but it was nice going into the class with some experience. The reason I’m mentioning this is because you can box anywhere, whether at Marist or home! One summer I decided to check out a local boxing gym and have loved it ever since.
That being said, more and more boxing courses/gyms are popping up all over the place, so I REALLY suggest at least trying it out once or twice. It’s a workout that will kick your ass but you’ll enjoy doing it at the same time. Maybe it’s because I’m crazy and I love the feeling of punching the mits and heavy bag, but a boxing session will also leave you feeling empowered.
Anyway, if you’re reading this and aren’t a second semester senior please take the class! It doesn’t matter what experience you have or if you’ve never played a sport; Ron will help you through it all with a good dosage of tough love. That’s the other great part of the class… Ron really knows what he’s talking about. I’m going to post his website link at the bottom of this post, but he has reffed boxing championships, been a fighter for many years and has trained with some of the greats (i.e. Muhammad Ali)… clearly, he is legit! So instead of going into a gym and punching at the air you’ll get to make contact and learn how to deliver punches that could potentially knock someone out. If that’s not exciting than I don’t know what is 🙂
Either way, the main point here is that the workout is amazing. You enter the class and start with abs, the jump rope, partner up and hit the mits and finish with the heavy bag. The circuit is absolutely tiring, in the best way possible. This type of workout is something your body really cannot get adjusted to, so no matter how many times you go to class you’ll continue to develop muscle and see results!
Here’s the link to Ron’s website… check it out and feel free to comment with any questions!
I’m going to try to see if Ron would like to write a quick spotlight article for the blog… so keep an eye out!