There is always a daunting feeling in the pit of your stomach every time you think about starting something new.
Will I be good enough? am I too old? Too unfit? Will I fit in?
These are some of the questions that we berate ourselves with.
The truth is, must of your fears are probably unfounded, but that doesn’t stop them creeping in and sometimes stopping you from starting at all.
Here are a few worries people generally have about learning to box:
- ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ – of course you don’t, everyone starts from the beginning; some pick it up faster than others. In reality you’re not as bad as your think you are. Coaches don’t expect you to be great boxers or inferior. As long as you’re teachable, everything else will fall into place.
- ‘What will other people think of me’ – Sorry to break it to you, but other people are too busy worrying about themselves haha. Seriously though, boxing is made up of people from different backgrounds shaped by different experiences. It really is a judgment free zone.
- ‘Will I have to spar?’ – Sparring is a big part of the sport as it prepares you for a fight or in boxing terms; for battle. At most reputable gyms newcomers are never thrown into sparring on the first day, or even the second. An understanding of the fundamentals and basic punching and defending techniques must be shown first before you’re trusted to go into the ring and spar.
Sparring isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and that is perfectly normal. There are classes catered to those who wish to learn the art, or just get a good work out in, without the pressure of having to spar.
- Intimidation factor – Boxing clubs have gained an unfair reputation of being a less then welcoming place. An unforgiven haven of brutality mixed with the smell of sweat and sawdust.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Boxing clubs are in fact very family orientated with members often feeling like they belong. Some of the best of friendships are formed in a boxing club.
One of the things we are renowned for at 12 Rounds Boxing is our signature boxing fundamentals course for beginners. Some gyms do throw beginners in with experienced fighters. We don’t believe this provides a good experience for anyone. A much better way is to offer a programme which teaches the basics of boxing BEFORE you progress and where everyone is at a similar starting point. Our boxing fundamentals programme does just that. Over 4 weeks you’ll learn stance, guard, movement and how to put basic punch combinations together. It will also super charge your fitness. Each session involves body weight circuit training combined with boxing drills as well as learning technique. There is nothing quite like boxing training to take your fitness to a whole new level. Again, we don’t believe in throwing you in the deep end. Over the 4 weeks our coaches will build on your fitness week by week. We even fitness test you at the beginning and the end of the course so you can see the improvement.
If you like the sound of that and are ready to get started, our Boxing Fundamentals course runs monthly. Don’t just take our word for it though. We offer a free taster session for anyone new to the club.
Book yourself on here and come along and quash those fears.