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The harder the lungs have to work, the more fatigued the other muscle group becomes. No matter what kind of exercise you are doing, become aware of your breathing to increase your performance. Training done at elevation, or using an elevation training mask will strengthen the cardiovascular respiratory system and improve breathing. Swimming laps, yoga, and other cardiovascular exercises strengthen the body’s aerobic capacity. Perform deep breathing and core exercises that intentionally strengthen the diaphragm (which performs 80% of breathing action) as well as the intercostal muscles of the abdomen and rib cage. Deep, effective breathing should feel like inflating the belly, placing pressure on the solar plexus, and holding tension for a few seconds; similar to an archer holding the tension in a bow before releasing an arrow. Breathing and Safety in the Sport Think of how it feels to work in a crowded office space. Effective breathing maximizes inner body cavity space; allowing organs and muscles can relax and run smoothly. Consider having a 'Scent Free Policy' as in some public buildings. This allows the athlete access to as much usable oxygen as possible, and also avoids asthmatic/allergic reactions. Any athlete with allergies or who needs to use an inhaler should make the head Coach aware of the medications they take either regularly, as needed, or in the case of an emergency. Boxing has been rated the most physically challenging sport that there is. If a boxer is feeling light
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Page 120 headed or can’t take in enough air, they must stop all activity and allow the body to recover before continuing. “Most men breathe from their throats, but wise men breathe from their heels”, ~ Chuang Tzu SUGGESTED READINGS FOR ADDITIONAL ASPECTS Boxing and Medicine (out of print), 1995, Cantu, HKP Sports Nutrition Guidebook-5 th Ed., 2013, Clark, HKP
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Chapter 5 ART OF BOXING
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Page 122 THE SPORT AND THE ART OF BOXING Boxing reaches across all demographics because it is both a sport and an “art.” We are all familiar with the competitive, “sporting” aspect of boxing and, indeed, it is the very reason for the existence of USA Boxing. However, boxing is far more than that. Boxing is one of the original martial arts and people have been training in it since the beginning of Man. Western Boxing is the latest cultural evolution of something that began when man first made a fist and figured out how best to use it. While boxing as a sport receives the most attention, the population of this group is limited. Boxing as an art has no such restriction and can appeal to anyone in any age group. Besides the obvious fitness benefits, boxing offers a person an activity in which they can learn and grow for their entire lives. It also creates knowledgeable fans who will support sport boxing. Boxing is universal.
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