Why Boxing? By Meghan O’Connell
This Olympics marks the second time that females have been included for boxing. Again, there are three weight classes represented. What a huge milestone!
Throughout the 16 years that the sport has been part of my life, I’ve often been asked, “Why boxing?” My personal motivation has been, paradoxically, to find some inner quiet. It’s been my touchstone of moving meditation, and while it’s admittedly visceral, it’s the best way I know to connect to my centre and stay completely present in the moment.
On a more physical level, it gives a heck of a workout! Years ago, ESPN’s Page 2 team deemed boxing the sport that demands the most of its participants: to be sure, elements such as endurance, power, agility, but also aspects such as hand-eye coordination and analytical aptitude. (One of my clients has described her boxing workouts as “Sudoku for the body.”)
The Rock Steady organization is an example of taking the sport’s conditioning element to a whole new level. They use it to help people with Parkinson’s disease reduce their symptoms and improve their function and quality of life. As they explain on their website, “boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout.”
I invite you to spend some time getting to know more about the “sweet science.”
Meghan O’Connell, Positively Fit Trainer
2004 BC champ and national bronze medalist, 54 kg
NCCP-registered Level A Boxing coach