It is not uncommon for firefighters, or those in other professions that require physical activity, to find it difficult to supplement the activity in their jobs with workouts during their personal time. The reasons are understandable. First, as an individual dedicated to their job, it can be tough to find the time. Second, it can be hard to motivate yourself to perform a workout when your job already consists of being active. And lastly, working out purely for fitness benefits can often lack the fun and excitement to maintain commitment.
In order to overcome these barriers, it is crucial to find an activity that is enjoyable, effective, and doesn’t eat up all your spare time. One underrated activity that can hit on all these points is boxing. Simply put, boxing is one of the best workouts you can participate in, even at the recreational level.
With a combination of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training, but primarily under your own body weight, boxing is great for adding lean mass while simultaneously reducing fat mass. It is an intense “circuit-style” activity that will leave you sweating buckets in no time. Furthermore, depending on your preferences for exercise, it can be a fun time as well!
Furthermore, boxing is inherently cheap. Most boxing gyms provide equipment including boxing gloves, so you would only have to spring on memberships. That being said, depending on how wealthy the gym is, you may want some of your own personal equipment like boxing gloves, but you can decide on this after checking out a gym. You can also readily acquire equipment for home workouts like heavy bags, speed bags, jump ropes, etc, if you hate the notion of joining a gym. Of course, this is a more expensive route, but serves as another option.
Lastly, many firefighters, especially the rookies still in the parole stage, cannot risk injury from outside activity. Although boxing is a combat sport, and as such poses a certain level of risk, it is very common for recreational boxers to perform their entire workout as normal except without the sparring. By eliminating sparring, you can ensure you have more control over your workout, and at this point becomes as safe as any other workout.
At the end of the day, it’s all about finding a balance. This takes time, and can be frustrating at first. If you are curious about boxing, specifically as a firefighter, we recommend checking out a local gym and asking some questions. You can even ask about previous firefighters who may have been members. Trainers at most gyms are happy to chat and answer questions, and this way you can also gain a sense of the boxing environment and take a look at some of the exercises that are being conducted.