If you guys follow me on Instagram, you have probably come across one of my little boxing videos that I've posted. (If you haven't - go check them out).
Although I've already shared videos from some of my training sessions, I just wanted to write a quick blog post to share my experience with you guys, because over the past year boxing has become something that I absolutely love and would recommend to anyone who is looking to challenge themselves physically and mentally.
Last May was when I decided to take my first boxing class. At the time I was going through some boy drama (can't live with em', can't live without em') and I felt myself feeling super angry and frustrated. Although almost all boxing instructors (whether it be traditional, MMA, Karate etc.) will tell you that you should never fight out of anger, I figured that punching shit may help me release a lot of the tense anger I was feeling.
I walked into my first group class at Big Hit Studio, and let me tell you, I basically passed out half way through the class. I like to think of myself as a pretty in-shape individual, but the intense amount of fast paced cardio was a lot for me to take in at the time.
After a couple of group classes, which focus more on a cardio workout rather than learning techniques, I decided that I wanted to start one on one sessions with a coach who would be able to train me in all the techniques properly. I started doing sessions with my coach, Gidon, every week (who by the way, was also amazing at listening to my boy drama and always dealt with my bitching and whining when I was in a mood). Now despite what all the coaches say, I must admit that boxing was a great way for me to effectively release my anger on days when I wasn't feeling so great, BUT, I learned and achieved something much greater from my boxing sessions than just ridding myself of negative emotions...
Boxing is in no way an easy sport, it takes A LOT out of you. During my hour sessions I would often find myself thinking that I needed to stop, or take a break because I felt tired and weak, but my coach would always help me power through it. I found myself not only gaining so much more strength and endurance than I ever thought I had in me, but I also gained a valuable life lesson. Boxing has taught me that even in other aspects of my life that, that if I am feeling down or feeling like I don't have what it takes to do something, that I am always capable of pushing myself further ad achieving what I set out to do.
If you guys are interested in taking some boxing classes in Toronto, definitely check out
BIG HIT STUDIOS - great for group fitness classes, first-timers, and one-on-one sessions
SULLY'S BOXING - if you are looking for a more gritty/traditional boxing ring atmosphere (A LOT of famous boxers have even fought here)