Getting kids’ in the game: A look at the importance of organized sport


It’s pretty clear that we believe participating in sports isn’t just important, it’s vital. One year ago now we opened the doors to The Sweat Science, inviting anyone interested to learn how to box. But during the last year, something even better has happened: you created a team where everyone fits, everyone belongs, and everyone is challenged to being the very best version of themselves.  

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for so many people in our community, especially children.

Did you know that one in every three Canadian children can’t participate in organized sport because it’s too expensive? In 2014, CIBC commissioned a study which revealed parents spend an average of $953 per year to get involved in a sport.

That’s a big cost many Canadians can’t afford on their own, which is why we’re going to celebrate our birthday by giving back and starting a new class just for kids. (We’ll tell you all about it below!)

Other than the obvious physical activity benefits, here’s what happens when a child joins a sports team:

//Community

There are so many ways kids could spend their time. Being part of an organized sport, children make new friends and learn how to contribute to a team so everyone wins.

 
//Confidence

Growing up is hard to do!  But when a child finds a sport they enjoy, it naturally builds self-esteem and confidence. Sports challenge us to doing tough stuff, and when we accomplish those challenges, it builds us up and spills over into the rest of our life.  

 
///Culture

In a technology age where so much of children’s time could be spent by themselves on iPads or smart phones, becoming part of a team engages kids in their very own experience sharing and celebrating culture.
 
“It helped me lose weight, it helped me gain confidence, and boosted my self-esteem,” Eldrine Soriano says, who has been supported by KidSport for 20 years. "It helped me control my aggression, and learn discipline."
 
NEW KIDS ONLY CLASS

We’re so excited to announce our first ever kids classes starting November 13th. The 10-week boxing program is tailored for kids ages 8 – 15 and will focus on boxing basics. Giving them a platform to develop their skill set in a fun and safe environment, they’ll learn balance, coordination, boxing technique and discipline. For more info or enrolment, contact us at info@thesweatscience.com  

 
PUNCH DRUNK BALL

We’re floored that becoming part of a team can make such a huge difference for one person, so we’re partnering with KidSport to celebrate our birthday, sport, and the power of a good team.

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KidSport started back in 1993, and has helped remove financial barriers that would have otherwise kept over 530,000 kids from getting involved in organized sports. They confidentially provide financial support for registration fees and equipment costs, removing barriers that should never hold a kid back from getting in the game.

 
We would love for you to join us Friday November 10th for our first annual Punch Drunk Ball. We’re going big, celebrating our first birthday with the TSS troops, all while giving back to this charity we are so passionate about. Check out the invite below for all the information, because it simply won’t be a celebration without you.

 
So bring your wallet, and we’ll get your first drink. Let’s make it possible for more kids to find their very own troops where everyone fits, everyone belongs, and everyone is challenged to being the very best version of themselves.

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THREE WAYS RECOVERING FROM BOXING WITH YOGA WILL CHANGE YOU



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Listen up. We know you want to get into the studio and smash that heavy bag with all you’ve got. And we love that about you. But what if we told you that when you skip recovery, you’re actually hindering your potential. 

Recovery is something we don’t talk about enough, even though it is a key component to reaching your fitness goals. Recovery happens after your killer HIT-FIT class, and before you rest (sleep, hydrate, eat well, etc.). See, recovery is what you actively do to help your body maximize the time it takes to repair after a wicked workout. 

We’ve found three major reasons why recovery is just as important as hitting that heavy bag. We’ve listed them here for you to check out before you read about our new Boxing + Yoga class to help you become just as amazing at recovery as you are at boxing.

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/YOU’LL LOOK EVEN BETTER

You already look banging, but taking time to intentionally stretch will actually change the way you look. It’s cute if you stretch for two minutes in your bed every morning, but that won’t cut it. See, when you’re boxing, you’re training your muscles to breakdown and adapt to handle an increased workload, building muscle as a result. Smart recovery helps to rebuild those muscles more easily, and can even change your physical appearance quicker. 

 
//YOU’LL FEEL AMAZING

Any kind of physical activity releases that feel good hormone – endorphins. But while you are boxing, your body actually tenses up, and needs recovery to enhance your results. To combat any physiological stress built up in life or during your HIT-FIT class, stretching will release tension, help to resolve any joint pain, and restore your senses mentally.   

 
///YOU’LL REACH YOUR GOALS

When you don’t consider recovery than you’re selling yourself short; even coming short of your goals without intending to. After recovery, your mind is motivated and your body is actually prepared for the next level. 

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Because we care about your total health and fitness journey, we’ve started a new class at The Sweat Science; Boxing + Yoga. Every Friday, at 5:30 we will have a 60 minute class that will start with 30 minutes of high intensity boxing in our heavy bag studio, followed by 30 minutes of yoga poses that include strength, balance and toning. Of course we’ve got you covered with some ab work and cool down before the class finishes with stretches intentionally designed to help you as a boxer. 

Check out the schedule to see when our next Boxing + Yoga class is happening, and become just as badass at recovery as you are boxing.

Written by: Deanna Tucker 
Photography by: Jared Bautista

WE'RE ON A MISSON TO BUILD AN ARMY OF STRONG WOMEN!


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WHO WANTS IN?

We’ve heard countless stories of women who come into the studio for the first time, feeling equal parts anticipation and fear. And, we get it! Once upon a time, we were all there too. 

But then we took off our shoes and fumbled around putting on our hand wraps while listening to the buzz of people around us. We stepped into the heavy bag studio and let our heart beat as loud as the Drake song playing in the background while a trainer took us through our stance and six punches. 


We didn’t know what we were doing. We honestly had no clue!

We hoped no one was looking, and laughed quietly when we accidentally hit ourselves in the nose or knocked out the wrong combination. But we did it because we heard how amazing boxing is as a holistic workout, and we weren’t about to continue missing out on something with so much potential, even if the concept seemed so different from anything we’d ever done before.

It all made sense the moment our gloves hit that bag. See, the second you hear that snap, you make one of the most important mental connections we believe you need to know: you’re strong. 

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We’re the army of strong women at The Sweat Science, and while we’re all on our own fitness journey, we’re committed to attaining goals as an ever-growing girl gang. Whether you’re just about to start your fitness journey or you’re looking to start something new, we wanted to let you know about some of the amazing benefits of boxing. 

Here are a few of the reasons Calgary’s ladies are hooked on boxing at The Sweat Science:


1. We’ve all heard that exercise triggers the release of the feel-good hormone – endorphins – and boxing is certainly not exempt! Whether you start or finish your day with boxing, you can be sure hitting a heavy bag will make you feel good.


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2. Boxing classes at TSS are 50-minutes long, with 16 three-minute rounds of the ultimate in high intensity interval training. Obviously, this total body workout has a hugely positive impact on cardiovascular health, including the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced blood pressure and reduced risk of stroke. Not to mention, you won’t sweat anywhere else as good as this.
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3. People will often talk about how boxing is like a dance, and if you’ve been boxing, you know how true this is. This sport is amazing for building hand-eye-foot coordination, and sharpens your mind as much as it chisels your abs. 

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As you can see, boxing is holistic. It’s this reason why women are getting hooked on the sport as their fitness outlet, and the camaraderie at TSS makes it so easy to stay. 

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So go ahead; walk through the doors of the studio equal parts anticipation and fear. We’ll be there too and can guarantee you’ll leave the studio sweaty, inducted into the ever-growing girl gang, and most importantly, you’ll leave knowing the most important thing we think you need know: girl, you’re so strong.

BOXING 101 : Turning Over Your Punches



Boxers are taught when throwing punches to rotate there fists inward just before impact... This is a very important part of proper punching technique, here are few reasons why.


1. Wrist and elbow protection: Turning your fist over places your wrist in a position that is able to endure more force and prevents the hyperextension of your elbow. This will Allow you to hit harder without injuring your elbow or wrist.

2. Increased Reach: Rotating your hand starts a chain reaction that incorporates your shoulder and core into the punch making you more stable allowing you to throw further without falling off balance

3. Punching power:  The rotation of your fists invites your entire upper body into the punch allowing you to land with much more force

4. Defence:  this rotation leads to your shoulder rotating up and towards your chin, keeping it protected from counter punches when exchanging


We would love to have you visit The Sweat Science regardless of your experience or fitness level. BOOK A BAG!

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Boxing Stance Fundamentals


This month at The Sweat Science we are going to be focusing on boxing stance fundamentals.

Here are a couple reasons why it's a good idea to fully develop your boxing stance and some of the benefits you will notice when you do.

A proper boxing stance will......

- Give you power in each hand but still allow you to efficiently defend yourself from counter punches

- Give you good range with both hands while not making you vulnerable by reaching with your punches, forcing you off balance

- Allow you to throw a variety of punches from a balanced position without leaving you exposed

- Give you the ability to switch between offensive and defensive movement at any given time without getting tripped up or falling off balance


We would love to have you visit The Sweat Science regardless of your experience and fitness level. Book a bag with us today!