Although we could make a list or a table of the level of monetary investment required to practice various beloved sports, we could also probably guess the most expensive: sailing or horseback riding (our guess).
And although we may not think about it often, boxing also holds a monetary value and comes at a cost to the practitioner.
Although often historically considered a sport for the impoverished demographic and lower classes – boxing, for beginners, is growing in popularity and expense.
Physically and mentally the expense is obvious. We must accept to give and receive blows, and perhaps take more blows than we can give. However, boxing also has an economic cost.
It is of the monetary investment of learning to box that we now address.
The investment is multiple, but remains within the reach of ordinary mortals and the common man.
There is a price difference between training in the city and the countryside, as well as between training in a gym (through classes), in a boxing club or via private boxing coaches or personal training.
When you decide to start to practice a sport like boxing, you must be aware of the money that you will be spending.
The investment that will have to be put forward to achieve your athletic goals.
Investing in your boxing career early on, may help you save money down the line.
When you go to a club, a gym, or when you visit a private coach for the first time, the first thing addressed will be the rate of payment.
Obviously, this rate will be the first criteria to discover if the training outlet is the right one for you.
Some gyms offer fitness classes and equipment free with membership, otherwise it can cost about £20 a lesson in a specialised boxing gym.
We will return to the geographical details a little later in this article. Taking a single course, then another, one at a time will ultimately cost you a great deal.
You will see that there are economic ways to practice boxing.
First find the right boxing style for you to determine what equipment you will need.
British or American Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.
Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships.
Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.
In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw (professional boxing). In Olympic boxing, due to the fact that a winner must be declared, in the case of a draw – the judges use technical criteria to choose the most deserving winner of the bout.
There is also French boxing, more commonly known as “Savate.” Only foot kicks are allowed. Savate is a French word for “old shoe”. Savate is one of the few styles of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes. A male practitioner of Savate is called a tireur while a female is called a tireuse.
Another style is Muay Thai boxing – This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.
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To open the practice to the general public, boxing clubs have a changed their method of approach. Like with any other type of gym you can enjoy subscriptions. Monthly, quarterly, or even yearly.
There are even formulas à la carte, with a predefined number of courses. For example cards of ten, fifteen or even twenty courses. So you can modulate according to your availability, and especially according to your physical condition. Because to be able to box you must also be able to function at your maximum physical capacity.
There is of course a difference between the prices offered in the capital, and those in smaller cities.
The average age of boxing teachers on Superprof is 33 years old.
Even within a more intimate context the content remains the same. Except that you will have even less time to breathe as your training workout intensifies.
You can find your private coach or instructor via sites like Superprof, but also on individual or professional announcements (at your gym, club and and local associations).
Be sure to check the references to avoid paying money unnecessarily.
Obviously the average prices will be higher for private instruction, but you can enjoy certain benefits such as adaptation at your own pace, personalised advice, you’ll learn the fundamentals for your chosen technique, and additional motivation for beginners.
Private instruction might be more expensive with ultimately better results.
In all sports a correct practice requires equipment. And as much as we wish it was, the kit is never free.
For footballers it is necessary to have shin guards, uniforms, and more, and for boxing it’s exactly the same thing.
Within your budget, you will have to anticipate certain purchases. Some are obvious and mandatory.
The others may be less obvious, but you will have to deal with them too, so it’s important to talk about them.
Part of this equipment can be provided by the gym (such as a jump rope, weights or punch bag) or by the coach you choose to train with, but for some things, the cost may necessarily fall upon your shoulders.
Let’s see the material you will need to flourish in the paradise of Mohammed Ali or Joe Frazier, for whatever type of boxing you choose.
Before starting a sport, whatever it may be, you may need the green light from your doctor.
Make sure you’re healthy before you start training, some gyms and programs may require a medical certificate as proof of health. Boxing training is both intensive and exhaustive and should not be taken lightly.
You must also be aware that like in any sport, boxing practice comes with the risk of personal injury.
Medical expenses can (and probably should) be taken into account.
Finally, know too, that you will invest in other areas – mentally and psychologically.
This sport requires a maximum desire and commitment to the practice.
Strength comes from overcoming resistance and adversity. In boxing, you will find resistance in your learning process, your fitness level and, of course, your opponent. It is one of the toughest sports to learn, and you must be mentally strong to continue learning when it seems like you will never “get it.”
The fitness level of a boxer is unsurpassed by most athletes and to push yourself in that manner takes strength. Training involves increasing your stamina with cardio and endurance training and other high intensity workouts. Boxing training is a full body workout and an excellent way to get in shape. Once you gain enough skill to be in the ring with an opponent, that is where the real strength comes into play. Boxing teaches you how to be calm and focused on your goal in the midst of chaos. Life is chaotic and boxing will help you look it straight in the eye and say, “bring it on.”
You will have to find an inner drive and energy to motivate your actions in the ring.
Through boxing, you can forget the hassle of everyday life and fill your energy meter.
This investment, non-palpable and non-financial is at least as important as the previous ones which are only doors to open.
By combining the two, you will enjoy a very rewarding and complete sport.
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