If you’ve ever been interested in a boxing class but don’t actually want contact, Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza may be a good at-home workout for you. Marlen Esparza is bronze medalist in boxing (women’s flyweight division) at the 2012 Olympics in London, and this workout is like getting a beginner’s class with the champ.
The workout runs approximately an hour, but it’s divided into 10-minute sections, including a warm-up, abs section, upper body section, lower body section, and an aerobic boxing section. There’s a brief cool down, where Esparza encourages you to “shake it out” and consider how the body felt during the workout. Bonus material includes a boxing tutorial.
The warm-up serves as a mini full-body workout. Esparza previews the moves to come in the other sections. The abs section is traditional core work on the mat and includes exercises for the abs and low back. The upper body section utilizes light hand weights while practicing punches. The lower body section was my favorite. It includes familiar moves like squats and lunges, but they are done with a boxer’s needs in mind. The cardio section provides more of a mental challenge than a physical one, as you have to follow a challenging string of punch combinations.
Esparza is very low key as an instructor. She demonstrates many moves before the reps begin and explains why the moves are important for boxers.
Esparza does not teach using the mirror image approach. She’s facing the camera. When she instructs to use your right hand for something, she is using her right hand. So, if you try to follow her as a mirror image, you are actually using your left hand. This is a pet peeve of mine, but it is especially noticeable in this video because Esparza is also talking about the names of stances. Southpaw (right side forward) and orthodox (left side forward) are explained, but I was always opposite of what she was saying.
The workout is appropriate for beginners. Although the DVD cover claims that these are “high-intensity workouts,” the workout is not really that challenging. There are modifications shown for absolute beginners.
Here’s the introduction from the workout:
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