Empowering your mind and body in one punch

The fitness industry provides a variety of methods to improve your overall fitness, ranging from running, HIIT, weightlifting, boxing, kickboxing, yoga and more. Yet the results we have achieved are not portrayed in how we view our own reflection. Is it the fact our self-perception of what healthy and fit looks like is miscued, or does it come down to the fact we have not put the time into bettering our health, thus increasing the chance of falling for quick-fix gimmicks, ads and unrealistic expectations our body type.

There are a plethora of taglines utilized to capture our attention, such as, “Looking for six pack abs?” How about this one: “Let me show you how I lost weight overnight!” These catch phrases and flawless images of women are saturating social media and the web like a female whose water just broke. As a fitness professional, I understand how a consumer who is stuck at a set point for weight or is feeling defeated can get trapped into the instant gratification mindset when the words “instant results” flash in front of their eyes. Marketing has done its research on what grabs the attention and emotions of the consumer. Certain companies have been tracking the coupons you use, what type of items you are purchasing on your credit cards, along with ads and images you are liking on social media. Have you noticed after clicking on an ad on Facebook that comparable ads rush your newsfeed like the great Gold Rush?

It has gotten to the point where we have become so overstimulated with expectations based off looks and the products required to obtain the perfect body, that one’s head starts to spin out of control.  When you reach that point, throwing a punch on a bag may be the perfect outlet to reduce the noise and expectations of what is acceptable or not when it comes to your body type — besides the fact of the phenomenal health benefits that follow.

So, what are the benefits of boxing and kickboxing? Boxing and kickboxing have a variety of health benefits when you put in the time, commitment and stay consistent with the program.  Learning proper technique is essential to getting started, followed by incorporating bag work, partner drills and footwork. Changing up your fitness is not only empowering, but rewarding.  Kickboxing and boxing are not quick fixes, but are outlets to relieve stress, increase cardiovascular endurance and, quite frankly, a fun form of fitness. You do not have to be a fighter to work out like one.

Health & Fitness Benefits

  • Improved overall body coordination and proprioception
  • Improved aerobic and anaerobic conditioning
  • Improved strength and muscle conditioning
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved stress management
  • Improved mental health

Boxing and kickboxing training does not require a background, nor does it have an age restriction. The essentials to effective training are the willingness to learn, a desire to become more, and a mindset that is ready to become empowered. During training/class you will utilize different muscle groups, bringing your body through a variety of functional movement patterns your body may not be accustomed to, causing your body to transform. Yes, the physical benefits are amazing, however, the improved mental health and reduction of stress will go far above and beyond your expectations.

The images provided show six basic punches utilized during our classes. Each class includes a review, progressions and fundamental components to enhance your skillset and technique. It’s time to glove up, not give up. You are only one punch away from a good day!

For more information on how to get involved, go to mpxfitness.com or call 701-293-0002.


Photography by Beauty Marks Boudoir

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