There are so many reasons to get fit that make sense, including self-defense. If you haven’t been able to find your motivating factor, perhaps the idea that you could be better equipped to deal with an attacker may seal the deal for you!!! Please understand we are not suggesting a 120 pound woman who starts exercising will be able to whip up on a 200 pound male attacker. There are good reasons why every professional fight sport not only has gender classes but also weight classes within each gender. Strength and size matter in a fight. For our purposes, exercise will give you something much more important than the ability to stand toe to toe with a bad guy. Training hard will give you grit, toughness, determination and a sense of confidence in yourself you just can’t build driving the kids to school and practice or sitting behind a desk everyday. On top of all those, with the right training, you might also learn a few tricks to give you an edge if, heaven forbid, you ever do have to deal with an attack.
I can tell you from experience, strapping on some gloves and beating a heavy bag silly has many benefits aside from being a great workout. The muscular endurance you develop doing rounds on a bag will help you develop beautiful arms and shoulders as well as the will and determination to push yourself in difficult and uncomfortable circumstances. If you already have a fitness program in place, I strongly encourage you to find a gym or a trainer who has a heavy bag, boxing mitts to train you. Learning the basics of punching, using your elbows, knees and legs will give you a huge feeling of empowerment and it torches calories like crazy. If you currently exercising a lot, check out local boxing gyms, and find one that suits you, you’ll love the change of pace and the results.
If you just can’t get excited about incorporating some sort of combat sport into your training keep in mind general fitness is still a huge benefit in any bad situation. You will be able to move faster and farther should you need to flee a situation. Strength training will mean you will have no problem hurling an object like a chair, a rock or a handbag at an assailant with a fair amount of force. A degree of fitness and the confidence and self-assured attitude that go with it will make you a much harder target. Criminals and predators look for easy targets. If you are strong and fit you will carry yourself differently than a person who is sluggish and out of shape. And of course, that is the ideal scenario…… that you are never threatened or compromised in any way.
You can check out our you tube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/6kidsand6packs?feature=mhee) to get some ideas on how to make the most of a heavy bag workout. Alternating 3 minute rounds on the bag with other calisthenic exercises will build up strength and cardio very quickly. Focus on hitting the bag visualizing where the potential attackers head, groin and midsection are and aim your punches for those regions. Vary the speed and strength of your punch and move around the bag, as you punch. When you get comfortable throwing punches, add in some elbows and knees. These joints, can be quite the weapon when used correctly.
Happy punching ladies!!!!