Rock Hard: Train Like Michael B. Jordan
If you haven't already, you should watch Creed II. Why? It's an inspiring story about a boxer preparing for a match against one of his biggest rivals. Oh and it also stars Michael B. Jordan who has his shirt off a lot throughout the movie. Yeah.
To get into character, he spent 4 to 9 hours a day training like a real boxer. He trained so much that he even got to a point where he felt like he could take on Roy Jones Jr. who's an actual boxer. The craziest part is that Roy actually accepted the challenge! Will we be seeing a Jordan vs. Jones match in the future? We'll let you know.
In the meantime, let's go back to admiring Michael's body. And we don't mean because it looks good. But because he deserves a lot of props for the amount of work he put in to look that way. It's the type of inspiration we should all use to get our butts off the couch and getting in shape. The end of the year is right around the corner and what better time than now to revisit that "get fit" resolution right? We know the standard running and weightlifting aren't always the most appealing methods to getting fit but you know that exercise is important to good health. So today, we wanted to cover some fun and different ways that you can still get your healthy dose of exercise.
Inspired by the movie, the first pick is boxing. If you've seen Creed or any of the Rocky movies, then the training montages might seem a bit intense and overwhelming but you don't need to worry. Whereas Adonis and Rocky needed to train like their lives depended on it (because they literally kind of did) you don't need to wake up at the crack of dawn every day or practice punching raw meat in a freezer.
What you will do when you train in boxing, is get a great combination of both strength and cardio training. And as an added bonus, boxing can also improve your hand-eye coordination. Even though the sport has traditionally been made up of men, the female boxing industry has started booming and there are plenty of places where women can go to practice boxing. For inspiration, check out Roseanna Cox, a professional boxer who proves that boxing can be for anybody.
Aerial fitness is any acrobatic style that takes place off the ground. This can include the popular aerial silks or yoga and aerial hoop. These artforms have really taken off as fitness alternatives because of the sheer strength building that these exercises need. Plenty of celebrities have hopped on the aerial craze like Chrissy Teigen, Gabourey Sidibe, and Vanessa Hudgens.
Don't be fooled by the graceful movements of professionals. Aerial will have you working muscles that you never even knew you had. Thanks to the rising popularity, hundreds of classes and gyms have popped up throughout the country that are dedicated to these aerial exercises, and most tend to offer beginner-friendly classes. Check out the video for some of the tricks you might learn in your aerial silk class.
Pole fitness is similar to aerial fitness in the style of strength training you'll get. A lot of professional and avid hobbyists are able to switch between the two exercise mediums and a lot of gyms dedicate fitness to both styles. If you're looking to mix in a sense of sexiness into your workouts, then pole work is definitely a good way to go. Pole fitness is not only great for building strength but also for building confidence and self acceptance. The pole community strongly believes in body acceptance and women like Roz the Diva show that the exercise can be for anyone and everyone.
If you prefer to stay on the ground, then another alternative could be barre workouts. Inspired by the grueling physical demands of ballet, this form of exercise pulls movements from the dance style to create classes that are good for building both muscle and cardio. Don't believe that ballet is physically demanding? Check out this video to hear what professional CrossFit athletes have to say about that.
Nowadays, you can pretty much find dance fitness classes at almost any gym. It's no surprise since dancing is such a great activity and can often be considered a more fun pastime than just lifting weights at the gym. You have tons of classes that you can pick from including the popular Zumba classes. Of course, you don't have to limit yourself to what your gym can offer. If you love dance, you can also take normal dance classes at a studio. These aren't technically geared for fitness but don’t be mistaken, they will be equally demanding. Pretty much any dance style can be great for a workout but if you don't know where to start, a hip hop or jazz class can a good start.
Have you tried any of these out? Tell us about it! @boxbeautyco