TrendLife Magazine discusses the benefits of boxing with experienced boxing trainer Andrew Blumson of AB Boxing
Boxing is a truly fantastic sport and it isn’t just for those giant beasts of men that you see on television. Boxing is a sport that everybody can participate in and that makes a huge difference.
Something that is very beneficial about the sport of boxing is that it is excellent for your cardiovascular health. One of the things that makes boxing so great for your heart is that the act of punching, any punch, forces very many of your muscles to contract at once.
The next big benefit that you can reap from boxing and training for boxing on a regular basis is that you will develop better hand-eye coordination.
The benefits of boxing go far beyond physical. Boxing is proven to help with self-confidence; not just physical confidence, mental too. It can help with balance, co-ordination, focus, anxiety and even ADHD.
AB Boxing specialises in coaching people that are new to boxing. AB Boxing is not an amateur boxing club, neither do we coach pros. Our target members are people that have never boxed before or have limited experience.
AB Boxing coaches people that want to learn how to box and get fit at the same time, on a 1-on-1 basis (or 2-on-1, 3-on-1, etc), but would rather not go to a boxing fitness class.
The misconception is that if you purely want to get fit, a “boxing fitness class” would be a better choice than a 1on1 technical boxing session, however, that isn’t entirely true.
Once you learn the technical side of boxing, you will easily burn more calories doing an hour’s boxing, than you would a fitness class.
A typical hour 1-on-1 session would comprise of around 50-mins coaching, usually broken down to 3-min rounds.
At the very beginning and presuming you haven’t boxed at any level before, you learn things such as stance, how to punch correctly, how to load punches, etc. Footwork movement comes later on, as do things such as blocking and catching punches, high-guard, slipping and rolling punches.
When a client gets to this stage, which is usually after around 6 or 7 sessions, ‘light touch sparring’ is introduced if the client wishes to step up to this level.
Our primary focus is on defence and safety. We won’t let anyone spar, at any level, until we are confident that they have at least basic defence.
When we introduce sparring, we start with non-contact, simulated sparring, which gets the members used to moving around, throwing shots, and putting what they have learned into practice.
There are numerous tricks that we use to allow the members to feel like they’re sparring, but in reality, they are ‘simulating’ sparring.
After a few weeks like this, we introduce ‘jab sparring’. This is where you can only punch with your lead hand; left in the case of an orthodox boxer and right in the case of a southpaw.
Within the technical side of boxing, there are many different types of training. If you are interested in starting your boxing journey, in a friendly, safe, no ego gym, then get in touch with Andrew or Nikki at AB Boxing.
Athlon Fitness where AB Boxing is based is an extremely friendly, welcoming gym. Ego’s are left at the door, and everyone that trains there has the utmost respect for each other.
Local business launch “Brew for a Hero” campaign for NHS & key workers
Harpenden based Twist Teas have announced their “Brew for a Hero” campaign is back! Launched to support and boost morale for NHS staff and key workers, the Brew for a Hero” campaign gives people a chance to show their appreciation for all the heroes from all walks of life during the current pandemic. This could be anyone – local postal workers, refuse collectors and cleaners, emergency services and health care staff, teachers and chefs, community groups and volunteers.
You can participate in the “Brew for a Hero” by nominating a NHS or key workers hero you know. Nominate your hero and give them a chance to win one of Twist Teas Rainbow inspired tea caddies. If you know a key worker, that you would like to surprise with a personalised Rainbow Caddy of tea, simply email your nominations to email@example.com. Please include a brief reason, as to why they deserve a little treat. Twist Teas will again be tasked with the difficult job of picking winners, to be announced on the 31st of January.
Twist Teas will also be making caddies available to purchase via their website with profits going to NHS Charities. More information about Twist Teas can be found in our interview with founders, mother and daughter duo Nicky Kavanaugh & Claire Ayers.
Watford businesses to decide on the future of Watford BID
Watford BID have launched a video highlighting the reasons why they believe they deserve a second 5-year term. Many residents in Watford are aware of Watford BID but not many understand exactly what they do and more importantly, how integral their work is to the success of Watford.
What is a BID and why are they so important?
Essentially, a BID (Business Improvement District) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a specific area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers. This levy is used to develop projects and provide services which benefit businesses in the local area. This can include:
- Activities to increase visitors to the area
- Reducing overall business costs for levy members
- Marketing and promotion of the area such
- Lobbying councils/local government
- Working with local police to reduce anti-social behaviour
There is no limit on what projects or services that can be provided through a Business Improvement District. Some BIDS are more effective at certain tasks than others for a number of reasons but overall, the benefits BIDs offer to the various towns across Beds, Bucks & Herts is immeasurable.
Three reasons for Watford BID to get renewed
We have selected what we believe are the three main reasons why Watford BID should get renewed.
1. Watford BID offers a central point of contact
At a time when the Government don’t know if they are coming or going, having a central point for all information relating to Watford offers residents, visitors and business owners a much-needed level of clarity. Social distancing procedures and safety communication both need harmonisation to keep Watford Town safe.
Watford BID have been extremely informative on Social Media and in the district sharing key information such as this statement on the national lockdown from the Mayor of Watford.
Typically a Business Improvement District is within a local authority boundary but in April 2013 government introduced Cross Boundary Business Improvement Districts enabling Business Improvement Districts to operate across local authority boundaries.
2. Watford Restaurants & Bars will need support after the lockdowns end
Promoting Watford’s entertainment venues post-covid is going to need a lot of collaborative support post covid. Individual businesses taking to to social media to posts and update Facebook is not going to tempt the same numbers back to the district’s nightlife venues.
By having one organisation working alongside all the venues to promote Watford as an entertainment destination, visitors will hear one concise message that Watford is open for business.
3. Think of the benefits for residents and visitors
There have been calls for BIDs across The Three Counties to do more by some levy payers but in fairness, the amount of work involved in some of the projects is not to be underestimated such as launching The Watford Gift Card.
It is also important to understand that alongside promoting what’s on in Watford and things to do in Watford, the organisation is a key source for useful information for those living in and visiting Watford.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Regardless of lockdowns and coronavirus, people want food. Fans of Five Guys could be getting a late Christmas present with a new Five Guys in Stevenage. A recent job post on the Five Guys recruitment page for a General Manager in the Stevenage area has got locals excited about the possible arrival of the much loved American Chain.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Spotted by an eagled eyed member of ‘Stevenage Chit Chat‘, the advert for a General Manager drops a few clues at a possible opening of a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.1 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – The perfect scene
Nothing cements a clue in a mystery more than a location. The recruitment team have placed a X on the spot and that is 51°54’02.4″N 0°12’33.7″W. For all the normal people reading this, that is Unit 10 in Stevenage Leisure Park. This was home to Pizza Hut since late 2002 but this recent Google treasure map shows the unit is currently empty.
Clue No.2 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A job for an ‘accomplice’
Did we mention there is a second job advert for a ‘Assistant Manager? If one job advert was not enough proof, two should be enough to convince you that plans are afoot for a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.3 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A motive
What more motive do you need than hungry people in Stevenage in need of a good burger? A Five Guys in Stevenage is well overdue. It could even tempt Sir Lewis Hamilton back to Stevenage.