Reasons Boxing is The Ultimate #WorkoutWednesday With Cathy Brown

The boxing champ showed us how it’s done

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When Cathy Brown, one of the biggest names in women’s boxing invited the team to take on a boxing session, we were dying to put our chat to the test. Team ELLE headed down to The Third Space in Soho to be kitted out (it turns out putting wraps on is actually quite complicated) and take on a boxing session. By the end, I can safely say we smashed it…sort of.

If you’re not sure boxing is for you or feel intimidated to step into the ring, read on for Cathy's input on why boxing can have a massive impact on the body and mind.

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What are the benefits of boxing?

Boxing has so many mental and physical health benefits, it is not only an excellent way to get stronger, fitter and leaner but it's also an optimum way to increase self-confidence, self-esteem and feel empowered.

Why is it so important to you?

Boxing is extremely important to me as it helped me gain the self-confidence and self-worth that I didn't have due to many childhood events. It helped me calm a lot of my anger issues as it is the perfect way to de-stress when I'm having a hard time.

What would a typical session at one of your classes look like?

After a boxing technique warm up, you will get paired up with a partner, one holds the pads; one wears gloves. I demonstrate a combination and you work on that one combination for 3 minutes to perfect it, whilst I guide you to better technique, then you switch and your partner does the same combination. I do about 4 different combinations in any class. Then expect to sweat it out with a combination of circuits — think press-ups, squat thrusts and burpees.

What is your favourite way to recover from a tough session? 

I actually do guided relaxation, I'm really bad at meditating so I listen to a guided relaxation 20 minute app. It helps your body relax. It's extremely important to allow your body to recover in between sessions as overtraining will have the opposite effect.  Read more.  

What music help you to ‘get in the zone’? 

I love listening to hip hop as it gives me a push and artists like Lil Kim and Missy Elliot.

How would you recommend a total beginner gets started? 

Find a beginner's or women-only class to build up that confidence. If you're not intimidated by partnering with a man that's great, get yourself down to any level 1, or beginner's class.  Do your research on the instructor to see their experience level and go to watch the classes to get a feel before you take your first one, so you can understand their teaching style.

Do you have any tips for beginners who are nervous about their first class? 

You should never feel intimidated by being in a boxing class or gym. So speak to the instructor beforehand to make sure you are in the right class for you and don't be embarrassed to say you are nervous. Don't compare yourself to others in the class as they may have been doing it a long time. Go at your own pace.

You can find out how to train with Cathy or see what she’s up to here or follow her on Twitter @cathybrownboxer.

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