Here at Belfast Times we like to have our arms open for a good cause, especially if it’s close to our hearts. Regular G Spotters! will know that I am a big supporter of depression charity AWARE and also Cavan’s First Steps – partly because I know the team behind the charities and how hard they work. So when my friend Stephanie, who recently lost her husband to suicide found some solace with the help of suicide charity, Pips Newry & Mourne, I wanted to help publicise a fundraising event she is taking part in next month.
I’m sure many of you have heard the term ‘white collar boxing’ and like me you were not too sure where the name came from. It refers to white collar workers getting into the ring for a bit of a fistycuffs! Before researching, my only vague experience has been with Brad Pitt in Fight Club – but the first rule of Fight Club is you don’t mention Fight Club….but an upcoming event with PIPS and FitClub (strangely similar!!) is something that you can talk about and even get involved in.
Taking place in Bellinis, Newry on Friday 26 August the event will see 28 men and women slogging it out for this very worthwhile charity. There are still slots available if you are up for the challenge – five weeks of intense training and you’ll be able to release your inner Ali!
According to organiser Laura, from PIPS, “This is an experience you will never forget and you will be in the best physical and mental shape of your life. This event is the coolest of its kind and you will be roared on by hundreds of people as you take centre stage of the event of your lifetime.”
This white collar boxing event is a double whammy – you’ll be raising much needed funds for PIPS, and everyone involved will also be getting the physical benefits of training. Rumour has it that Victoria Secret models are boxing fans and their bodies are a great advertisement for the sport. If you fancy giving it a go, here are some of the reasons your body will love you for it:
Boxing is a total body workout: It helps with fitness, including balance, coordination, reactivity, and agility. It has a potential burn rate of 13 calories a minute – making boxing as results focused as other types of cardio like running and cycling. Thirty minutes of boxing in a ring sheds around 400 calories; 30 minutes of punching a bag burns 200 calories; and 30 minutes sparring with a partner blasts 300 calories.
It helps you get a flat tummy: Boxing is extremely taxing on your core. Your hips need to rotate in order to get full extension and deliver a more powerful blow and since you’re burning more calories than you would lying on the floor for isolated abs work, you’ll be ready to show off that flat belly sooner.
Boxing helps relieve stress: You know what it’s like if you’ve had a long day in the office, or you’ve had a fight with your other half and are ready to snap! Well punching a mitt of heavy bag is a great stress reliever. The adrenaline that is released during boxing and the hormonal response far exceeds any physical benefits. Not only is hitting something a healthy and productive way to help you let go of tension, the rush of endorphins released are also likely to make you happier too. Grr – better stay out of my way biff biff!
If you want to take part contact Laura on 02830266195 or @PIPSNewryMourne or click the link if you want to donate to Stephanie who is taking part to raise money for PIPS
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