What followed was 15 minutes of jumpsuits and speed work that burned the shoulders and lungs, as well as strength and leg movements. The training was very varied and the stroke counter was a great motivator to go faster and work more.
The workouts felt like my two hour workouts in a boxing gym in Virginia condensed into routines of less than 30 minutes. Despite the shorter time, every part of my old workouts, from technical training to speed, strength, and core work, had some representation in every FightCamp session.
The workouts are very motivating and the five coaches (four men and one woman) are excellent at providing encouragement. Additionally, the trainers project the enthusiasm into the workouts for the users, which makes the exercise much more fun than exhausting. To get a taste, take a look at the free workouts that FightCamp posts on their website.
Get in the ring
Boxing can seem intimidating, even if you aren’t up against an opponent. The terminology and proper form may seem impenetrable to someone new. FightCamp’s training simplifies the sport for beginners with well-explained moves taught by real fighters. Workouts vary in skill and fitness level, from beginner to advanced, so you can develop your skills over time.
In addition to the pre-workout introduction, there is a whole category of short how-to videos that will walk the user through the intricacies of boxing and kickboxing, from the proper form of punches and individual kicks to the way to slip a punch. For example, in this video, trainer Aaron Swenson says, “Make them miss, so you can make them pay,” which was one of my favorite sayings from my own boxing trainer.
As of this writing, the FightCamp app is only available on iOS devices, so if you have an Android phone you’re out of luck. (However, iPhone owners can sync their FightCamp workouts with Apple Health Kit.) Another problem: To weigh down the heavy bag, you fill its base with water, so if you don’t have access to a hose, your first workout will be a few hundred turns of the sink or tub with a bucket. Even when the base was full of water, I found that I jostled it quite a bit, but I’m a pretty big puncher. Adding sand to the base, then filling it with water all the way, provided enough weight to keep the bag stable, but it was a chore to set up.
A coup de grace
When I was growing up boxing was my main way to compete and stay fit for football and wrestling in the offseason. The workouts helped me gain strength and endurance, and coordination and improved reaction time improved my performance in all other sports. FightCamp manages to take my two to three hour workouts and condense them into manageable 15 to 30 minute workouts.
Above all, the joy of hammering a heavy bag is cathartic in a way that can’t be matched with other workouts. After a few laps with FightCamp, all the aggressiveness you accumulated during your commute or your work day is gone. There is also something very stimulating about learning to throw a good punch or a good kick and hear the satisfaction. thwap when you pick up a strong hook. You don’t have to be a sociopath to appreciate knowing you can protect yourself, and while you never need to punch in self-defense, it’s good to know you could. if you had to.