03 High-end box­ing gyms are the reign­ing champs of com­bat fit­ness, trans­form­ing spread­sheet num­ber-crunch­ers into se­ri­ous con­tenders – un­for­tu­nately, of­ten at the ex­pense of back prob­lems. To keep flex­i­bil­ity in your corner, you need to box clever

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Af­ter a hard day at the coal­face, tak­ing your ten­sion out on 50kg of sand-filled leather is ap­peal­ing. And hit­ting and be­ing hit by an­other hu­man is even bet­ter. The en­dor­phin rush is in­stant, the stress re­lief sat­is­fy­ing, and the fat-sear­ing calo­rie con­sump­tion – up to 730kcal per hour – in a dif­fer­ent class. Ac­cord­ing to Har­vard Med­i­cal School it also KOS your risk of high blood pres­sure, car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease and type-2 di­a­betes. And fight­ing, let’s be hon­est, is still cool. But your ring-ready physique may be­lie a crip­pling vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

Box­ers of­ten have ter­ri­ble pos­tural prob­lems. “Flex­i­bil­ity is­sues be­gin with your stance,” says box­er­turned-mo­bil­ity spe­cial­ist Adam Husler (@adamhusler). “Ama­teur box­ers spend nearly all of their time closed up, try­ing to de­fend the front of the body. Their shoul­ders move up to­ward their ears and every­thing gets hunched up. Be­cause we spend all day hunched over desks and iphones, our lower backs are al­ready weak. The boxer’s asym­met­ri­cal stance, with one foot for­ward, ex­ac­er­bates this.”

A quick warm-up will hit up­per-body ten­sion hard. “Spend at least some time do­ing the op­po­site,” ad­vises Husler. “Stretch­ing out your shoul­ders and lower back will not only sta­bilise your pos­ture, but al­low you to throw your arm out more freely and punch harder.”

So there you have it, of­fice champs. Un­furl­ing your ‘Rag­ing Bull’ pos­ture will ul­ti­mately only im­prove your per­for­mance in the ring. You can still be a con­tender.

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