Conducted in a non-competitive non-contact format, our youth recreational program is first and foremost an after school diversionary program in the form of fun and fitness for youngsters who need structure, discipline, and a safe environment to call home. This during vulnerable hours when it’s determined most delinquent or mischievous behavior occurs.
And with 90% of those who come through our doors less interested in competition and more suited towards recreational activities, this means that fun is an overriding concern, while providing an atmosphere conducive to positive achievement is no less paramount to the program’s success.
Devoid of these elements youngsters would not remain long enough to reap the various physical, mental, and social benefits available so that we keep the music pumping, the kids jumping, and laughter filling the air. This helps to ensure that each child’s visit is not only positive in nature, but that group members realize a sense of self-worth and accomplishment when all is said and done.
That aside, during what amounts to an action-packed high-energy hour of entertainment we do keep things in perspective, defining in advance what is and what is not acceptable behavior. This reinforces expectations, while necessary rules devised to promote the safety and well-being of all serve to prevent occurrences which are inconsistent with the program’s goals.
Speaking of goals, “it’s easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men,” something once articulated by former slave and orator Frederick Douglas, and something we at Peninsula Boxing & Fitness take to heart.
In essence, getting to youth early in life to equip them with certain confidence, build moral character, and develop the social and interpersonal skills school curriculums just don’t offer allows us to fill a void, thus preparing youngsters all the much more for their journey into adulthood.
Granted one free trial session to gauge interest and suitability whether a child is overweight, inactive, lacking in self-esteem, motivation, or direction, through the structured environment of boxing fitness we can make a difference, encouraging youth to be the best they can possibly be.
Although boxers are amongst the world’s best-conditioned athlete’s, you don’t have to be one to reap the tremendous benefits of a boxing workout. Perfect for self-defense, regimented activities promote weight loss, reduce stress, boost confidence and energy, to overall improve strength, stamina, and fitness level.
In addition, youngsters attain many of the same character building traits as do competing athletes, with discipline, commitment, and work-ethic being chief among them. These are in fact traits identical to those necessary for a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle outside the gym.
Motivated to eat better and therefore improve one’s nutritional health, regular participation more importantly helps individuals combat preventable diseases such as type-II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, recently classified as such by the American Medical Association.
Lastly, the rigors of training besides allowing for the positive release of energy and frustration provide for a sense of self-worth and accomplishment, no small feat considering the demanding regimen.
Program participants upon gym arrival start with 5 to 10 minutes of warm-up activities which from day-to-day can vary. Examples of warm-ups include rope jumping, jogging, dumbbell/medicine ball exercises, calisthenics, speed bag work, line drills, shadowboxing, mirror exercises, and a host of other activities whether done solely or in combination.
Once warm-up is complete youngsters proceed to doing 5 to 10 minutes of light flexibility training stretching all parts of the body. This promotes injury prevention, improves reaction time and fluidity of movement, to finally increase range of motion and therefore dexterity and power.
The next phase of training depending on the daily routine in question could either involve counter-punch drills, advanced shadowboxing, mirror or line drills, one-on-one punch mitt work with coaches or assigned partners, interval training, and or circuit training at various stations whether it be the heavy or light bag stations, floor or ring work.
As regards the program itself it must be noted that curriculum activities whether attempted individually or with a fellow classmate are to be accomplished in a progressive manner. This means that starting with the sport’s fundamentals group members do not proceed to the more refined tasks until they’ve consistently demonstrated an ability to deploy the basic and or prerequisite skills.
Fundamentals include learning stance, directional footwork, and striking technique, initially to be done in concert with line drills. These drills allow for the combining of punches, head movement, and footwork to develop balance in motion. Once line drill exercises become proficient, program participants then progress to shadowboxing, and or transfer learned skills to light and heavy bags maintaining proper technique at all times.
With an initial emphasis on proper form to subsequently add speed and power heavy bag workouts build strength and stamina, teaching recreational boxers how to put weight and leverage into their striking motion. Light bags such as air filled speed bags or double-end bags cultivate rhythm and timing, ultimately sharpening one’s focus to thereby increase punching accuracy.
Once familiar with a beginning level routine youth are then introduced to interval training, an aspect which see’s the periodic alternation between boxing drills and conditioning exercises. Maximizing one’s overall fitness level, interval training in addition burns serious calories, fosters breathing patterns, and promotes transition speed.
To further sharpen skills, increase energy capacity, and develop hand, eye, and foot coordination the utilization of punch mitts and punch shields are employed within a floor workout routine where students work solely with coaches, or with fellow classmates once taught to use such equipment, in order to become well-rounded athletically.
Upon effectively demonstrating skills on the punch pads, youngsters then commence to in tandem execute offensive and defensive maneuvers in predetermined sequences. Known as counter-punch drills, one student will at a gradual pace strike at the gloves of another, the most contact to be endured during what is considered a non-contact program.
Training sessions then conclude to incorporate occasional wind-sprints, as well as numerous calisthenic/plyometric strength and conditioning exercises using natural body weight, and or varied equipment to develop explosiveness.This is followed by cool down and more thorough stretching, with the best time to increase flexibility being towards the end of a workout when the body is totally loose.