Are you someone who's over the age of 23 and considering starting boxing
Looking to take a step out of your comfort zone, learn a new skill and potentially shed a few pounds?
Or are you wanting to increase your confidence, learn some self-defense and maybe even get in the ring for the first time?
If one of these goals stood out to you then definitely start boxing.
After all, boxing is a thrilling and intense sport that can provide a wide range of physical and mental benefits.
And if the only thing STOPPING you is the infamous question
“Am I too old to start boxing”
And here's why…
The best place to learn boxing is some sort of class.
Doesnt matter whether it’s a beginner's class, sparring class(not recommended for first-timers), or a boxercise class
You will be in a group of people who also chose to take that class
So you will probably share similar goals and reasons for being in this class
After all, boxing is not just about hitting bags and pads, it's also about building a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for the sport.
Whether you're training at a gym or competing in the ring, you'll be surrounded by people who are supportive, encouraging, and inspiring.
And what most people dont understand is…
There is a different level of respect when you are surrounded by people who you train with
This is because you are all there day in and day out trying your hardest and pushing each other to new heights
It doesnt matter how old you are, with the right group of a training partners, I can almost guarantee that you will accomplish things you never thought possible
Personally, some of the most respectful, funny, and hard-working people I have ever met, come from my boxing gym.
It’s Not Just A Sport, It’s A Discipline
Boxing is not just a sport, but a discipline that rewards hard work, dedication, and skill.
It doesn't matter whether you're 25 or 55, as long as you're willing to put in the time and effort, you can become a competent and efficient boxer.
The key is to focus on your journey and not worry about the age of other boxers around you.
A great example of this is an exceptional fighter known as Ken Norton
Ken Norton didn't start boxing until he was 24 years old
However, through his hard work and dedication, he was able to end his career with 50 fights, 42 wins, and 33 by knockout.
In those wins, he was able to defeat big names such as Jack O’Hallow, Jose Luis Garcia, and even The Great Muhammed Ali
Let me ask you this...
Do you think people would remember Ken Norton's name if at the age of 24, he said to himself “You’re too old, GIVE UP”?
Of course not.
Now you may not want to go on to fight world champions and the elite-level fighters who started at 10 years old
But this just shows that your age isn't as important as your work ethic in boxing.
The Art of Boxing
Boxing is not just a sport and a discipline, but also an art form that requires skill, patience, and precision.
Hitting the BAG
And hearing the sound of the gloves smacking the bag, as the sweat pours down your face while you bang out all of your frustrations from that day
Or even SPARRING
When you step into the ring, you become one with your body, and the rest of the world fades away.
The movements are fluid and graceful, as you dodge and weave to avoid your opponent's punches while waiting for the perfect opportunity to counter
You become so focused on what you are doing that for a short period of time,
Work, bills, money, people and stress dont matter, all you are thinking about is smashing that bag until your arms give out.
And the best part is, this feeling doesnt come with an expiry date. As long as you can hurl your fists at the punching bag you will be able to experience this euphoric feeling.
Even with sparring, as long as you have someone who is your weight and skill level, it doesnt matter how old you are, go at them.
(Sparring can be dangerous though and so you want to make sure you do it properly. Be sure to read the last paragraph for advice on how to minimize the risk of injuries when sparring.)
You Dont Have To Get Punched In The Nose
For those who aren't interested in sparring,
Boxing is a fantastic way to lose weight, improve fitness and increase strength and endurance
With each session, you'll work up a sweat, shred off some calories and feel your arms burn as your muscles get stronger.
You'll also develop better coordination, balance, and agility, which have massive benefits both inside and outside of the gym.
But most importantly boxing is also a great way to relieve stress and improve your mental health.
Because let's be honest
Nothing is more relieving than ragefully swinging your fist at something as hard as you possibly can,
Over and over again until your arms give out and you're left so tired that you no longer care what happened today at the office.
And this feeling is even better for those who do decide to spar and get to use it on another person
Just be sure to keep control, know when to stop, and dont lose respect for your opponent.
If you are going to be sparring though, there is a safety concern to be aware of.
After all, boxing is a contact sport, and there is always a risk of injury when you step into the ring.
However, it's important to remember that safety should always be a top priority in boxing, regardless of your age.
With proper training and the right equipment, you can minimize your risk of injury.
But the only thing more important than your equipment is your sparring partner
If you’re only a beginner and it’s your first time sparring
Dont spar the 6ft 3, 120kg monster with anger issues.
I promise you it won’t go well.
The ideal scenario is, you find someone your weight who has had more experience than you but can also control himself
And make sure it is all under a coach's supervision so you not only have someone to monitor it but also get key feedback that will contribute to your development
And I’ll let you in on a little SECRET
A lot of people believe that the best fighter in the gym is going to be some big strong rageful guy who bashes people for looking at him wrong
That is the exact opposite of the truth
In fact, from my experience, the top fighters have gone through so much struggle and are working so hard on themselves
They either dont care about you or just respect the fact that you showed up.
In conclusion, boxing can be an excellent choice for men who are in their late twenties or older.
It's a sport that rewards hard work, dedication, and skill, regardless of your age. With each punch, you'll feel more confident, empowered, and alive.
You'll experience the art of boxing with all of your senses, and feel the benefits of a fantastic workout that can improve your physical and mental health.
You'll also become part of a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for the sport.
So, if you're someone who's considering taking up boxing, don't let your age hold you back.
Embrace the challenge and excitement of the sport, and discover what you're truly capable of.
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