Boxing: why martial arts are the ideal stress killer

The modern workday is often an unhealthy mix of little exercise, a lot of office work, monotonous work processes, and the resulting stress. If you don’t have a proper balance, you quickly end up in a spiral of frustration. This is exactly where boxing can help as a true stress killer.

If you only lift weights in the gym, at worst you train unilaterally and more on your own. Mentally you are also not particularly challenged. It takes a strong will to push your limits without a coach or training partner. Also, weight training isn’t exactly the most natural form of physical exercise. A good alternative: boxing. FITBOOK spoke with a boxing trainer about the benefits of martial arts.

Boxing helps reduce aggression and frustration

Boxing is the classic when you want to give overly aggressive and frustrated people an outlet to burn out. For a long time it had a harsh image and was associated with the red media and criminal structures. But then boxing was discovered as a form of resocialization, to put young delinquents on the right track and change their thug mentality from the street to the ring.

From red light sport to a healthy method to reduce stress

Meanwhile, boxing has long since reached the masses. Thanks to “gentleman” Henry Maske in the 1990s and the Klitschko brothers after the turn of the millennium, the sport lured millions of Germans to watch television when title fights were pending. But many no longer want to be mere spectators, but want to try this martial art for themselves or at least let their everyday stress out on a punching bag.

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An interview with a boxing trainer.

We wanted to know more about the fascination of boxing and why more and more recreational athletes are choosing it. One who should know is boxing trainer Christoph Teege. He started boxing in 2010 because he had “confidence issues,” as he puts it. meReally he never wanted to get in the ring and fight. But then it took 2012 participated in the casting of “TV TOTAL Quizboxen”, was selected as a candidate and in the end became Quizbox World Champion. He then continued to box and eventually became the 2016 WBU Semi-Pro Boxing Champion at Super Middleweight (up to 76.2 kilograms). At the same time, he made boxing his profession, not as a professional boxer, but as a boxing speaker and trainer who shows “how you can benefit from boxing without having to hit anyone.”

»In boxing the whole body is trained equally

FITBOOK: Mr. Teege, why is boxing better than, say, pure strength training at the gym?
Christopher Teege: “On the one hand, because you train in a group and motivate them to continue. On the other hand, because boxing trains the whole body equally. This results in a defined body with ‘lean’ muscles.”

»Boxing is great for reducing stress and makes you happy

Why is boxing so popular as a mass sport at the moment?
Teege: “Boxing is great for relieving stress. It satisfies that natural need we sometimes feel to make a fist and punch something. If you make your way through the sandbag for a minute, you’ll notice everything falling out of you. At the end of a workout you are completely exhausted but happy. Specialists and managers, businessmen, athletes and students come to me to exercise without black eyes. Boxing is suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Entry is possible at any time.”

»This is what a typical boxing training session looks like

What is a typical boxing workout like?
tea: “It starts with the warm-up, which is jumping rope, running, and bodyweight exercises. This is followed by a sandbag or partner workout and ends with a cool down in the form of strokes, stretches and relaxation. Training can be very varied, there are no limits to creativity.”

When do you get in the ring as a beginner?
Teege: “As a beginner, you don’t do hard sparring or competitions. At the earliest after a year or a year and a half of regular training and only if the coach thinks it’s suitable.”

But is there anything in boxing if you just do the training without competing against anyone?
Teege: “Boxing builds character, protects against a knockout, and promotes team spirit.”

»Boxing not only increases physical fitness, but also promotes mental toughness

What do you mean “shapes character”?
tea:: “Boxing not only increases physical fitness, but also promotes mental strength. In the course of training you feel your own mental and physical limits and learn to push them of your own free will. This greatly increases self-motivation, self-confidence, and self-confidence. It also carries over to other areas of life, meaning trainees say ‘no’ more easily in everyday life, assert themselves appropriately, take initiative more easily, and stay healthy despite heavy workloads and schedules. tight.”

Training

»The risk of injury during boxing training is similar to that of going for a walk

But isn’t the risk of injury in boxing particularly high?
Teege: “But on the contrary. If you don’t train, I would rate it as high as going for a walk, because you can also twist your ankle. Since most of the time you train without weights or machines and under the guidance of a trainer who corrects the wrong movements , the risk of injury is lower than, for example, in the gym”.

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»In or out of the ring: boxing is a smart sport

And how does it feel when you enter the ring for the first time?
Teege: “To be honest, I can’t really remember the first time, it was too overwhelming. Basically, you’re always dizzy, you’re under a lot of pressure and of course you’re scared. In competition, you can’t just say stop if it’s too much for you, you have to keep going. Also, you need a high degree of concentration and you have to constantly adapt to your opponent. Word has now spread that boxing is a smart sport that requires much more than just physical fitness.”

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