Aerobic boxing lets even general fitness enthusiasts jump into the ring. Classes string together the punches and moves of boxing into a fast-paced, full-body workout, sometimes with actual sparring and sometimes with shadow-boxing. Though aerobic kick-boxing doesn’t stress the finer points of technique as much as traditional boxing does, it offers a more thorough cardio workout — and it’s a great way to rejuvenate your exercise routine if you’re bored with step classes.
Having some basic gear and clothing will make all the difference in your enjoyment of a sport, not to mention your performance. Here’s what you’ll need:
Shoes: It’s a good idea to go with cross-trainers for aerobic boxing. If your workout includes jumping rope, consider buying shoe inserts to support your feet and lessen the impact.
Clothing: Wear shorts and a lightweight shirt, such as a tank top, that won’t restrict arm movement. Women should wear a supportive sports bra. Aerobic boxing will make you sweat buckets, so look for clothing made of material that wicks away perspiration, and keep a towel or two handy to wipe your face.
Gloves: If you plan to spar with a partner or use a hitting bag, you need gloves and hand wraps. Studios usually provide them, but regulars may find it more plesant (read:hygienic) to bring their own, says Michael Olajide, Jr., creator of the Aerobox fitness program.