Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

Com­bat-style train­ing is a great way to im­prove your car­dio fit­ness and build mus­cle strength, but re­peat­edly throw­ing punches at a sand­bag can leave your joints worse for wear. How­ever, that’s set to change thanks to the rise of aqua box­ing.

The lat­est fit­ness trend – made pop­u­lar by the likes of Rum­ble box­ing gym in New York – in­volves hit­ting vinyl bags filled with wa­ter rather than sand in or­der to re­duce joint pain and de­crease your risk of in­jury. Since your body is met with less im­pact, you’re able to hit the bag for longer, which means you can spend more time per­fect­ing those left hooks, jabs and up­per­cuts.

Sound like your kind of work­out? H2O-filled bags are start­ing to ap­pear in some high-end Aus­tralian gyms, such as the Vir­gin Ac­tive club in Syd­ney’s Baranga­roo, but if the trend hasn’t hit your lo­cal yet, there are plenty of wa­ter-filled op­tions to be found at sports stores and on­line re­tail­ers. Get ready to rum­ble!

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