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The boxing workout

Boxing is a great basic sport, but drilling for the actual sport can actually improve your cardio stamina, endurance, coordination, strength, and balance. To help you improve on your boxing skills, we have designed a boxing style circuit mixed with a conditioning round, Tabata style (20 seconds of full on effort followed  by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times). But first, you will need a lesson on the basics: BASIC “FIGHTER STANCE”  Keep your feet shoulder width apart and stand diagonally with your lead foot (if you are right handed, your lead foot will be your left leg) slightly ahead. With your hands in a fist, bend your elbows and keep your hands in front of your face. Lean forward slightly, and keep your abdominals tight. Always be ready for action by keeping on the balls of your feet. BASIC PUNCHES All punches include a rotation of the hips

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Fitness

Build a portable home gym

No, you don’t need weights — and bricks and mortar. Just a few pieces of adaptable gear that let you push, pull and get your workout in. Canadian fitness guru Nichelle Laus answers readers fitness questions in Silver and Optimyz Magazines. Q: With the gyms being closed right now, what equipment should I have at home so I can do online classes? A:This is such a great question, and I absolutely love it because it shows that there are people out there who aren’t willing to settle for a life of complacency or laziness just because gyms are closed. It shows people still want to move deliberately and get their exercise in, which warms my heart. Honestly, while gym closures have been hard on us, it’s also been an incredible opportunity for us to grow as coaches because it has challenged us to program on a whole different level. I’ve

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Fitness

How to start a fitness journey

Starting a health and fitness journey can seem intimidating at first, but you don’t need to worry. Take it slow and follow these simple suggestions. Here is a Q&A with renowned Canadian fitness instructor and long-time contributor and guest editor to our sister magazine, Optimyz, Nichelle Laus. Q: I need to get started on a health and fitness journey. Where would you recommend I start? The internet is a daunting place. I mean, it’s called the “world wide web” for a reason; it’s easy to get lost in the various strands of information it provides. What might have started as an innocent cat video search on YouTube leads you to research how to install backsplash using margarine and $7 oil paints. Fitness Education While the internet is a useful resource for nutrition and training, the first “diet” you have to put yourself on is an information diet. Stick to one

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Health

2020’s top 4 fitness trends

In order to go forward, we need to look backward. We are now in a new decade – technically, it’s a fresh start, but online, I see everyone using the hashtag “#2020” as a reflective noun. You know the expression, “Hindsight is 2020”? People are becoming a lot more mindful and aware of themselves and what is essential. They’re taking a deeper look within and into their past, in order to figure themselves out, instead of just looking outward for external gratification or help. So it’s only fitting that for an industry which used to be based on looks, the fitness trends in 2020 are shifting to be all about your mindset –  figuring out your wants, needs, and habits. This is a list of not just new and upcoming trends for 2020, but also current fads that are going to skyrocket this year! Each one designed to make your

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Fitness

Workout breathing exercises

Are there different breathing exercises for different workouts? Oh yeah! BREATHING often gets overlooked when we exercise. As a former competitive amateur boxer and kick boxer, I know the importance of proper breathing techniques. Without it, boxers can easily get fatigued, which in turn can lead to injury. I teach and incorporate proper breathing techniques into all aspects of my training—it is essential for so many reasons. Proper breathing increases your performance and endurance and keeps you safe during your workouts by decreasing the workload on your heart. Oxygen gets absorbed and transported through your blood cells when you inhale, and toxins such as carbon dioxide are removed when you exhale. Common mistakes with breathing while exercising include holding your breath, breathing too deep or too shallow, breathing too fast or too slow, and inhaling and exhaling at the wrong times. Breathing techniques for training and workouts Strength training breathing

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