More Than Just Punching Boxing Bags
Various forms of boxing have become more and more popular among the most unexpected of people lately, not for purposes of competition, but simply for exercise. Indeed, even for those of us who are very much in the "I'm a lover, not a fighter" category, checking out such web sites as www.boxingbagstore.com has become more and more of a habit as we seek out the latest in boxing equipment to make the most of our workouts. From kickboxing to heavy bags and even shadow boxing, the "sweet science" has gained countless adherents who would never otherwise be caught dead engaging in fisticuffs, or anything else remotely violent.
This makes sense. While professional boxing has always been, and remains, a highly controversial sport with issues ranging from the risk of serious head injuries to allegedly endemic corruption, the level of conditioning needed to participate in the West's best known martial art is demanding and highly scientific. Whatever the issues with the professional sport, it is hard to think of finer athletes -- or better physical specimens when they were at their peak -- than Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, or the late Joe Frazier or Rocky Marciano. It's notable that actors portraying boxers -- Sylvester Stallone in his early "Rocky" films, Robert De Niro portraying the young Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull," Hillary Swank in "Million Dollar Baby," or even Bruce Willis as a washed-up fighter in "Pulp Fiction" -- have achieved genuinely remarkable physical conditioning.
In many respects, since movie stars are generally forced by movie studios (and their insurance companies) to be extremely careful to avoid injury even while staging dangerous looking fighting sequences, these actors are getting probably one of the best and most exacting workout regimes on the planet. Trust us, they're spending far more time fighting boxing bags than other actors -- though occasional real punches do get landed in filming, often by accident.
There's one more plus side to pulling out the boxing bags: it's one of the most exciting work outs there is. While violence in real life is always ugly and, of course, extremely dangerous, there is something about the human animal that gets excited by even the mere appearance of combat. Boxing workouts tap into that excitement and if that's what it takes to get people motivated, then it is a very good thing indeed.