Boxing to ko crime scourge - Versatile sport hooks fans
SOUTH Africa has a high rate of violent crime compared with other countries.
The women are the worst affected by its unabating wave of violent attacks.
It is against that backdrop that boxing fitness trainer Mbulelo Transvaal, 31, decided to start Poison Boxing Fitness to equip people, especially women, with self-defence skills.
"A lot of women close to me were victims of crimes that scarred them not only physically, but also emotionally. I decided to use my boxing skills to transfer knowledge to women," says the featherweight division boxer.
He says the rise of obesity levels in South Africa is another factor that drove him to start his boxing fitness club.
Transvaal operates from the Planet Fitness Rivonia Mega Club and says boxing fitness is the ultimate high-intensity workout.
In addition to boxing exercise being a superior and more challenging fitness regimen, Transvaal says it also allows boxers to develop invaluable skills by learning technique and style.
He says boxing is now the most popular form of exercise out there and if it is a lean, toned and strong body you're after, entering the gym ring will do the trick.
"This kind of workout is not only good for self-defence, it is also the perfect combination of cardiovascular and muscle training," says Transvaal.
"You will burn more kilojoules, build more stamina, develop and tone more muscles in a boxing workout than you will through any other training method.
"It also offers the best of all exercise worlds: unlike running and biking, which do little for the above-the-waist area, this workout does both upper and lower body."
He adds that boxing exercise is taking the fitness world by storm. So much so that individuals who decide to glove up find it hard to hang up their gloves because boxing exercise changes them for the better and helps them to develop their fighting and fitness techniques. Once you start, you will never be the same again, he says.
Transvaal, whose clientele ranges from the young to senior citizens, says he takes his clients through various workouts such as short and long distance running to build up stamina. They also work with weights to build up power, skipping ropes for speed and agility and spar to advance their techniques.
"They use every exercise technique in the book and train all the body muscles in the process.
"Jumping jacks are done to advance the dancing, running-around-the-ring and attacking techniques," says Transvaal who hails from Cala, Eastern Cape.
He says he fell in love with boxing when he was a boy.
"I was inspired by Eastern Cape boxers including Welcome Ncita and Vuyani Bhungu, who defied all odds and made it big on the world stage. Boxing did not only give me confidence at a personal level - because it is a sport that demands a high level of self-discipline - it also helped me to be physically and mentally fit.
"Whether you are a boxer or just an individual simply wanting to improve your health, fitness levels and stamina, I recommend boxing. It is a healthy option for all ages and body types," Transvaal says.
He says his business offers different training classes.
"The first are group classes. Those are designed to enable friends to train at the same time and to share in the fun with others. We also have individual and children's classes. We welcome children from as young as six.
"We also have skipping classes. Those are short and high-intensity classes that help build speed and agility."