Want to punch up your life a little? How about training to become a boxer?
Be prepared for plenty of hard work, both physically and mentally.
"A good boxer must be in good cardiovascular health and be able
to use all of [his or her] defensive and offensive moves together," says Christy
Halbert. Halbert is a boxing coach, official and regional coordinator for
the University of Kentucky's amateur boxing program.
"This takes a lot of coordination and determination. Boxing is one
of the toughest sports to learn and participate in. You have to be very patient
There is no general rule on when boxing students should begin training.
Some might start as early as elementary school, while others might not begin
until college or even after college. People thinking about taking up boxing
as a profession, however, often start classes much earlier than those students
looking at boxing to get into better shape or for defense.
"Anyone who wants to box professionally would have to start out as a youngster,
working out in boxing clubs and spending many years honing his [or her] skills,"
says Ed Pearson, secretary-treasurer for a professional boxing federation.
"Almost all pro boxers have many years of amateur boxing behind them.
A university student doesn't just decide one day to become a professional
So what should a high school student be doing right now to get ready?
"I would recommend a general cardiovascular program to keep yourself
in good shape," Halbert advises. "Jumping rope, jogging and sprinting,
aerobics, bicycling and swimming are all exercises that will pay off in the
"Participation in other sports will also help you in boxing, because boxers
must have quick hands, fast feet, strong bodies, and be quick to react to
Many colleges and universities offer boxing programs, either through their
own athletic departments or by sanctioning individual boxing clubs. Students
might train on campus or in nearby gyms.
Either way, the costs for boxing are not very high.
"To get started, you only need tennis shoes and comfortable clothes," says
Halbert. "Eventually, you will need to purchase a mouthpiece and hand wraps."
Boxing students in the U.S. can expect to pay an annual registration fee
to enroll in USA Boxing. Its programs are open to both women and men, ages
eight to 33. Some gyms might also have fees to use their facilities.
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