Boxing Harrogate

Hatton ‘Boxing for Fitness’ at the Harrogate Fitness Academy

The benefits of boxing training are endless. Over the years boxing has been used by :

  • Athletes
  • Sporting teams
  • The general  public as a form of health and fitness

Correct boxing fitness training not only works all areas of the body but also ALL aspects of fitness such as cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, stamina, coordination and power.

The above aspects of fitness can be related to many objectives of people who might be trying to lose weight, a football team wanting to increase their strength and stamina or a tennis player wanting to gain more power.

Whatever your goal may be there are both physical and mental advantages to Boxing for Fitness Harrogate:


  • Strength and endurance gain (both are natural by products of boxing training)
  • Low impact on the joints but high intensity
  • Cardiovascular improvement in less amount of time
  • Little space required
  • High energy and calorie expenditure in shorter amount of time
  • Adaptable to aerobic and anaerobic training


  • Provides variety
  • Time effective
  • Self confidence
  • Challenging
  • Requires focus and thinking
  • Great for reducing stress


Muscles Used

You may assume that boxing training only works the upper body and not the lower body, this is far from true. The safe and structured training offered at the Harrogate Boxing for Fitness classes offer a FULL body workout. Skipping, shuffles, lunges, sit ups, push ups, dips and squats will all be incorporated in a person’s boxing for fitness classes at the Harrogate academy. Kettlebells can also be included for those with higher degrees of fitness.

With the upper body being the primary focus of the workout you can be sure that every muscle will be targeted during a 60 minute boxing for fitness class. You must remember that punching a bag or focus pads is only part of the package when it comes to boxing training. There are many body weight exercises included in the boxing for fitness Harrogate training which are both functional and challenging.

Boxing for fitness at the Harrogate Academy is not just about putting together that a fighter may use in the ring or techniques they may use in sparring. Boxing for fitness is about using the principles of professional boxing training and adapting them to the principles of functional fitness training so that all training requirements are met and all muscles are utilised.

As there is no load or constant resistance on the muscles boxing training is not ideal for someone wanting to bulk build their body.  Hypertrophy is not a by product of boxing for fitness whereas muscular and cardiovascular endurance is. This is due to the large amount of continuous body weight movement required during a properly conducted session.

Anaerobic vs Aerobic

Research into boxing for fitness over the last 10 to 15 years has shown that a standard 45 – 60 minute session on average will be 60% anaerobic and 40% aerobic. These averages can be altered depending on how the classes are structured. For instance, I can include more cardio into the classes!