Non-contact Boxercise a Hit with Families
By Marylene Vestergom
Looking for a physically and mentally challenging activity, which could also be a great bonding opportunity for you and your kids?
Look no further than Centre Ring‘s boxercise classes. “We all live busy lives, and sometimes, it’s tough to spend quality time with our kids,” says former Canadian Boxing Champion Wayne Bourque, who has seen an increase in members making his classes a family affair. “Having your kids on board may be that X factor needed to keep you both accountable.”
“I’ve always been physically active, and I was looking for a challenging workout that complemented my martial arts training, and would be a great stress reliever,” says Dr. Andres Gantous, a member for 15 years. The non-contact boxercise classes also piqued his kids’ interest, so he brought each one in. “My youngest, Andrea, wanted to get in better shape and gain more strength, so she started to come more often.”
Admittedly, attending the classes with her father was a bit intimidating. “After getting the hang of the different punches, I was hooked,” she says. “It is the best way to let off steam and feel strong. It’s an hour of hard work, completely unplugged from the world, and it’s pretty cool, working out with your dad, too.”
After getting the hang of the different punches, I was hooked. It is the best way to let off steam and feel strong.
The full-body boxercise workout is “classified as a HIIT workout (High Intensity, Interval Training),” says Bourque.
“Go at your own pace; you will improve with time and practise. In a few weeks, you will begin to notice changes, especially when it comes to your arms and shoulders. We will teach you the various punches – the jab, hook and combination. You’ll do some old-fashioned skipping, abdominal exercises, and we’ll also work on strengthening your arms and legs. And just for fun, we might throw in a few burpees, push-ups and/or rock climbers for good measure. I like to call it ‘Tough Love.’”
The full-body boxercise workout is ‘classified as a HIIT workout (High Intensity, Interval Training).’ Go at your own pace; you will improve with time and practise.
For Gantous, the opportunity to share this quality time with his daughters was a gift. “It’s pretty special when you can share an activity with your kids. It’s great to see them progress, develop skills and, yes, eventually ending up doing better than me.” Andrea says that, in the beginning, it was hard to keep up, but it didn’t take long for father and daughter to keep pace and spur each other on in some healthy competition.
The classes provide another important ingredient. “In life, you will face hurdles where you have to find that extra something to get you through the day,” says Bourque. “Learning how to overcome those moments when you’re tired and being able to dig deep, not giving up and being able to push yourself to the end, takes dedication. And you get this at Centre Ring.”
It might be tough to hit that bag with a flurry of jabs, or to complete 10 more push-ups, but everyone at Centre Ring finds comfort in knowing that, collectively they will rise to the challenge.
Learning how to overcome those moments when you’re tired and being able to dig deep, not giving up and being able to push yourself to the end, takes dedication. And you get this at Centre Ring.
“Even at the point of exhaustion, somehow you find the mental and physical strength,” says Andrea. The healthy competition between father and daughter? “Andrea has definitely gotten stronger, and tremendously coordinated. I don’t have to worry about her, but I might have to step up my game,” says Gantous.
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