learning boxing at 32

  • thirdtime

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    Jan 06, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    anyone have experience of taking up boxing at a later age or martial arts? i want to just start by learning the technique and doing some pad work - more for fitness and also to improve my co-ordination - then maybe consider moving up to actual fights.

    anyone who started late - or someone who can give advice on whether it makes sense to start now.

    advice much appreciated.

    thanks
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    Heck, go for it! Boxing is great in so many ways! Increases your muscle mass, endurance, confidence, social circle... so many benefits.

    Here in the USA, theres an entire division of USA Boxing (the amateurs) called the Master's Division, for guys over 35.

    How you say you're going to go about sounds ideal... develop technique on the bags and with a trainer you trust doing mitt work. Slowly work into sparring with your trainer, and see where you go from there.

    Starting when you are, realize it may not come "naturally" to you, as it does to guys who started when they were kids... but if you stick to it and practice daily, you'll likely be very happy and even proud of your accomplishments.

    My best advise.. find a trainer whose style you like... watch him throw and only work with him if you like his technique, as boxing is all about style... and make sure he inspires you to want to work hard, and is willing to work at your pace, with good communication skills. If you find the right trainer, that'll make a world of difference in your training.

    Keep us posted...
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    Started at 30...
  • wldct1998

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    Jan 07, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    It's a great workout, I trained with a lot of good people, and lots of them were (and still would be) older than me...and I'm older than you! icon_smile.gif
  • thirdtime

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    Jan 07, 2012 10:01 AM GMT
    BoxingWelter saidHeck, go for it! Boxing is great in so many ways! Increases your muscle mass, endurance, confidence, social circle... so many benefits.

    Here in the USA, theres an entire division of USA Boxing (the amateurs) called the Master's Division, for guys over 35.

    How you say you're going to go about sounds ideal... develop technique on the bags and with a trainer you trust doing mitt work. Slowly work into sparring with your trainer, and see where you go from there.

    Starting when you are, realize it may not come "naturally" to you, as it does to guys who started when they were kids... but if you stick to it and practice daily, you'll likely be very happy and even proud of your accomplishments.

    My best advise.. find a trainer whose style you like... watch him throw and only work with him if you like his technique, as boxing is all about style... and make sure he inspires you to want to work hard, and is willing to work at your pace, with good communication skills. If you find the right trainer, that'll make a world of difference in your training.

    Keep us posted...


    guys thanks very much for the advice - im deffo gonna look into it.

    is the best way just to walk into a local boxing gym and speak to the trainers there and have a session? is it normally just a room full of ppl doing bag work and the tariner checking ur technique or do u go one on one?

    what kind of questions should i be asking in choosing a trainer or a gym? also how much time do i have to devote to this?

    im sure its gona be a little embarassing to start with at my age as a complete novice but gona give it a go.

    thanks again.
  • davemancheste...

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    Jan 07, 2012 10:34 AM GMT
    I started in my 30s. I joined my old uni's boxing club and trained with all these 18 year olds. Funny thing is they never realised my age- they all thought I was in my 20s. Learn with a good trainer and take it at your own pace. Pad work and sparring is exhausting but very energising.
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    Jan 07, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I'm starting in my 30s also...looking forward to it!
  • thirdtime

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    Jan 08, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]mascdude1 said[/cite]I'm starting in my 30s also...looking forward to it![/quote

    ure the same age as me bud icon_smile.gif let me know how u get on...
  • socalisurfer

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    Jan 08, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    Go for it. My mom who's 64 started taking martial arts, Krav Maga, about 5 years ago. Not only does she have fun, but it's a great exercise too. FYI she met her bf who's 68 at the Krav club, he's been taking it for close to 10 years now. They're going to a seminar in Feb here in so cal. IMO we place too much emphasis on age sometimes, yes it is a factor if you want to compete in the pro level (like in all sports unless you start in your early teens you're out of luck), but for exercise and learning self defense it shouldn't be a factor. Have fun and keep us posted.
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    Jan 08, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    socalisurfer saidGo for it. My mom who's 64 started taking martial arts, Krav Maga, about 5 years ago. Not only does she have fun, but it's a great exercise too. FYI she met her bf who's 68 at the Krav club, he's been taking it for close to 10 years now. They're going to a seminar in Feb here in so cal. IMO we place too much emphasis on age sometimes, yes it is a factor if you want to compete in the pro level (like in all sports unless you start in your early teens you're out of luck), but for exercise and learning self defense it shouldn't be a factor. Have fun and keep us posted.


    Your mother taking up Krav Maga in her sixties is really inspiring especially to those of us hitting middle age. Appreciate your post very much!
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    Jan 08, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    go for it! boxing and martial arts don't know age limits. I've seen a 70 y/o black belt women fight and beat the crap out of us younger people at tournaments (she was moving like a teenager) icon_eek.gif
  • socalisurfer

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    Jan 08, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Anytime. She's a fitness nut. She ran the LA marathon for 18 years, did the Boston two times, she gave up running full marathons once she started dating her bf. She said it just takes up too much time and she has to wake up at the crack of dawn. We're doing the Run for Your Lives, http://runforyourlives.com/, 5k in Oct. Like I said we place too much emphasis on age. At the local nutrition store near my house one of the employees is in his late 60's and he's in better shape than most guys in their 20's+. Look at John Glenn he went back into space at 77.