Centre Ring and Boxing Coach Gary Hynd win Gold for Personal Training
Why you might want to make boxing your go-to exercise routine
Cross-Training: The Elixir of Youth
Did you know that one of the benefits of cross-training is the development of a variety of muscle fibre types and energy systems? This not only improves our aerobic and anaerobic systems but makes us stronger, fitter and faster as lifelong athletes.
Toronto’s Dr. Greg Wells, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto, has worked with many elite athletes, and one consistent pattern these athletes share is using complementary cross-training activities. “You want to be able to move between different activities and energy systems that provide you with benefits that can improve your ability to do your primary sport,” says Wells.
Non Contact Boxercise a Hit With Families
Workout Like a Boxer
Doing the same old fitness regime can be boring, but did you know your body actually craves variety? Over time, doing the same old thing becomes less effective, and the repetitive nature can contribute to overuse injuries. To push through those plateaus, it’s important to shock the body and get different muscles activated and there is no better way than to introduce a new activity.
Boxercise anyone? At Toronto’s Centre Rung, former Canadian Boxing Champion Wavyne Bourque, along with his stable of trainers, take their members through a series of workouts that impacts their fitness level – physically and mentally.
“All physical activity is great”, says Toronto’s Greg Wells, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto and author of Superbodies, “and so anything you can do to move your body is ideal. Considering that 85 percent of the population doesn’t get enough physical activity to prevent a chronic disease, I think boxercise can be beneficial.””I’ve been going to Centre Ring off and on for a long time.”, says David Innis. “Personally, I just feel great that I can keep up with the workout, which is reaffirming for me at my age, 65, that I can still do it. I can even show up some of the younger members, which is great for my ego. Besides, I always feel energized and positive when I’ve done a class. For the past 10 or 12 years. I’ve been dealing with Type 2 diabetes, and I find I need an intensive workout to keep that under control; because I don’t want to have to take medication, that’s the easy route. For me, it’s about staying away from the pharmaceutical industry for a long as I can.