Boxing for Fitness: Knock Out the Pounds

Danny Campbell knows what boxing gyms are capable of. The former professional boxer had a rude introduction to the sport many years ago.

"In a real boxing gym, you walk in, and the first thing they do is break your nose and see if you're interested in coming back tomorrow," Campbell says.

After his professional boxing career wrapped up, Campbell thought back to his time in the ring and how boxing could be the ultimate workout for everyday folks—without the broken noses, of course.

Campbell sprang into action and teamed up with a few Kansas City-area investors to open Title Boxing Club in Overland Park, Kansas just as the boxing-for-fitness boom hit the United States. Within three years, Title Boxing Club grew to nine locations and is now franchising.

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Boxing for fitness, which caters to average Joes and Janes who want to get in super shape, has developed into a big business nationwide. Typically, the outline for an hour-long boxing workout follows a similar pattern.

"It's really structured after a (professional) boxer's workout," Campbell says. "The first thing you do is shadow box and warm up for 15 minutes. After that you go to the heavy bag and work on the heavy bag, and then finish your workout with (core). We really structure our workouts after that format."

Though most of these classes are all about fitness, participants can pick up some basic boxing moves and techniques, such as:

  • Jabs
  • Hooks
  • Uppercuts
  • Dodges
  • Combinations (jab-hook-hook-jab-uppercut, for example)

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Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood is an editor for Active.com. He enjoys a good ride and loves participating in endurance events throughout the year. Follow him on Google+.

Ryan Wood is an editor for Active.com. He enjoys a good ride and loves participating in endurance events throughout the year. Follow him on Google+.

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