Contact Us

Fitness Friday: Stepping In The Ring At Downtown Gym and Fitness [VIDEO]

 

ST. CLOUD — This week in our “Fitness Friday” series on WJON, we step into the boxing ring and break out the kickboxing gloves at Downtown Gym and Fitness.

The boxing workout is one of the toughest workouts of any sport and is a complete full body workout.

Walt Mastey is a kickboxing and boxing instructor at Downtown Gym and Fitness. He says there is more to the sport than just throwing punches.

“We just don’t do the boxing or the kicking we actually do a full body workout.  When they come in here half the class is thinking when do we kick or hit, but we don’t start until your whole body has been worked,” says Mastey.

Getting the technique down is the hardest part. He says if you really want to learn you need to come with an open mindset and willing attitude.

“Once you learn the basic punches it really is a lot easier and once you get it in your head how to do it, you have to get it in your soul to really let it go,” says Mastey.

Boxing and Kickboxing are a great way to form a bond with others. Mastey says while it may just be you in the ring, having the support from others boosts your confidence.

“When they come together and start to work as a group that’s when you get that partnership. So when they do the sparring they don’t go in as an individual they all go in together to learn from each other,” says Mastey.

It may take a few weeks before you learn the basic skills, but don’t get discouraged. He says to keep trying and your efforts will be rewarded.

Classes are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 6:00 p.m.

See Previous Fitness Friday Stories

Students learn the art of boxing at Downtown Gym and Fitness. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

Best of WJON

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wjon.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The WJON VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The WJON VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.