Want to Try Boxing? Read These 5 Tips First

Updated 09/23/16

The boxing craze doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Despite the muscle of mega-models like Gigi Hadid and Gisele Bündchen singing and strutting its praises, boxing remains one of the most intimidating sports. We caught up with Milan Costich, founder and trainer at Prevail in Los Angeles, to hear how a newbie can prepare to get down with the latest agility craze and clear up those terrifying myths that you’ll get punched in the face. 

“You don’t have to get hit to be a boxer. The art of boxing has many fun components-punching technique and combinations, footwork, plyometrics, agility training,” says Costich. Expect the fast-paced class to leave you sore. Costrich shared, ”Boxing, when done properly, utilizes every muscle in the body for fast and dynamic movements.” But, no need to fear bulking up. You can expect long, lean, and toned results according to Prevail. Keep scrolling for five things to know before you show up for your first class. 

You Move A LOT, so Put Your Hair Up

You'll be working on punching technique, combinations, footwork, plyometrics, agility training, and more —all with boxing gloves on. Make sure your hair is up in a ponytail so your full focus can be on crushing your combos.

We love a no-crease, non-damaging hair tie like Invisibobble in Crystal Clear ($8).

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Don’t Go on Empty Stomach—You WILL Need the Energy

Make sure to eat enough (but not too much) about two hours before your workout! Your body needs fuel for energy, and everybody is unique. Try out some different pre-workout meals and pay attention to how you feel during your workout; your body knows best and will always tell you what it wants!

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Hydrate Before AND After

The training utilizes every muscle in the body for fast and dynamic movements. This equals a lot of calories burned and a lot of sweat! Your body will thank you for proper hydration both prior to and after training. 

We are currently obsessed with clarifying all of our water with Kishu's Binchotan Charcoal Sticks ($16). It contains activated charcoal, which has historically been used by the Japanese since the Edo period (1603-1868) to purify water and expel toxins from the body.
 

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Disconnect—No Phones Allowed

Yes, we’re serious. Turn off your phone and disconnect from your workday. Remembering combos and perfecting technique require you to be mentally present and focused, all while physically punching away your stress. You'll leave class a lot more refreshed if you can leave work at the door! 

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You'll Bounce Around, so Wear a Good Sports Bra

Invest in a good sports bra that minimizes movement so you can make sure your shoulders stay relaxed. Boxing is about efficiency, and tension creates resistance. Stay relaxed and you'll notice your punches will be faster and stronger.

Our go-to sports bra for all things athletic is Koral Activewear's flattering and amazingly comfy Divine Bra ($92).

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