What Equipment Do You Need to Start BoxingSeptember 3, 2018
From our personal experience
10 Reasons To Box
There are too many reasons to count for why you should box. We could go on forever listing every reason you should box; instead, we give you the top 10 reasons why we think you should box from our own personal experience.
Boxing makes your confidence soar
Confidence is the key to getting anywhere in life. If you don’t believe in yourself, then why should anyone else? If hitting the weights makes you feel strong, wait until you know that your fists can defend you.
The difference is profound. Lifting makes you feel strong. Boxing makes you feel invincible. That confidence—the problem solvers kind of confidence—can’t be gained any other way than learning how to fight.
Boxing teaches you to manage your adrenaline
This is the difference between people who shine in high-pressure situations and those who crumble. Adrenaline causes you to experience the “fight or flight” feeling a.k.a. “butterflies.” Every boxer experiences this feeling before every fight.
We still perform because we’ve learned to act in spite of it. The difference between a new boxer and one with experience is adrenaline management.
This prevents him from tiring quickly. Adrenaline control in a fight crosses over into adrenaline control in reality.
Boxing teaches humility
The only way to get better at this sport is to suffer.
You suffer through running. You suffer through sparring. Eventually you’ll lose a fight in front. It will be extremely embarrassing. Especially if you get knocked out.
But if you commit to the sport, you will not only get past these difficulties but you will become a better person. There’s nothing like a black eye, bloody nose, and sore ribs to make you humble.
Boxing teaches you the true meaning of fear
And how to deal with it.
Once you fight a man who is trained to hurt you, the rest of your fears seem small in the comparison. I once heard this phenomenon referred to as “drowning out the noise”.
A fighter is always scared before a fight and for good reason. A person is trying to hurt you. He has a good chance of doing it. If he succeeds, it will be front of everyone.
The two biggest fears people have—dying and public humiliation—are imminent. All fighters experience this, but every weekend they act in spite of it.
Boxing gets you in real athletic condition
There’s a debate between cardio or weight training. Most dudes don’t want to look like a roided up freak show. Nor do they want to look like a skinny Kenyan marathon runner. They want to look ripped and athletic.
Boxing training is both anaerobic and aerobic. You can burn tremendous calories hitting the heavy bag. If you compete—and I recommend every man compete in at least once—the training will turn you into a beast.
Boxing teaches you how to have fun
There’s nothing more enjoyable than slugging it out for a few rounds. It’s great stress relief and you’re getting in shape. Boxing is also the first time many people are objectively judged. This assessment gives them a goal and a challenge to overcome.
There aren’t many things which challenge you like boxing. When you find something challenging, you have to stick with it because overcoming challenges is key to happiness.
Boxing teaches discipline
It’s impossible to get good at anything without practice. You can fool yourself about how often you run or go to the gym, but fight night tells no lies. Unless you want to suffer the pain of embarrassment, you train hard every day.
If you can handle boxing training, you can become whatever you want. Between the technical training, mental concentration, toughness and physical conditioning, there is no room for laziness or non-commitment.
The discipline you develop in boxing can be applied to anything.
Boxing reminds you of your mortality
I know every time I step in the ring there’s a chance that I come out permanently altered, and not for the better. The toughness needed to fight also exposes you to the fragility of human life.
You learn how easy it is to damage a human being. You develop a new found respect for people and empathy for their pain.
This is not to say that one develops a tolerance for weakness in others.
Rather, what I have gained is profound appreciation for the body’s ability to persist against difficulty.
You appreciate the mental fortitude required to continue in the face of pain. This is coupled with the intimate awareness that it cannot last forever.
Boxing teaches you that pain ain’t sh!t
Here’s a little-known secret outside of boxing circles: everything in boxing is painful. Unless victory is achieved by a devastating knockout, you’ll sustain quite a bit of pain even if you win.
This is because a person trained to hurt you is trying to do just that. It’s not like dealing with a hoodlum off the streets. A fighter’s punches have power behind them. But Rocky said it best:
“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
The training in boxing is extremely grueling and rough. You will experience tremendous pain just getting in fighting shape.
ESPN ranked boxing the toughest sport to compete in and for good reason. It’s painful to train, painful to compete, but the glory is all yours.
Boxing teaches patience
“Bad things happen quickly. Good things tend to take a little longer.” All progress takes time. If you want things to happen quickly, you won’t last long in training.
Boxing weeds out people who expect quick fixes.