Boxing courses for Personal Trainers, should you do one?
Me personally, I am a HUGE fan of boxing for fitness type classes!
In a Bootcamp / Group Training setting, these workouts are great!
- You as the trainer don’t need to provide a large amount of equipment (participants should be bringing their own gloves)
- It’s a great way to get your group to bond as the whole class will essentially be a “partner workout”
- It’s a very “different” form of exercise.
In a Personal Training setting, these workouts are great too
- You as the trainer don’t need to provide a large amount of equipment (your clients should be bringing their own gloves)
- It’s a great way to bond with your client and it’s a workout they couldn’t do on their own so they need you there
- It’s a very “different” form of exercise.
So if you’re a Personal Trainer, I definitely recommend introducing boxing sessions intro your toolbox
But here’s the thing…
Boxing or “Cardio Boxing” is not currently taught in the Fitness Certifications (Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness).
So if you’re a Personal Trainer are you qualified to run boxing sessions?
Even if they are just “boxing for fitness” sessions?
The short answer is no…
Unless you’ve done further training, such as a Boxing CEC Course for Personal Trainers, then you are not qualified or insured. Click here to see the AUSactive policy on Boxing, Kickboxing and Martial Arts.
So I recommend completing a Boxing CEC course ASAP!
Even if you yourself have been participating in ‘boxing for fitness’ type classes for years, I'd still recommend you take a boxing course for Personal Trainers and here’s why…
You don’t know if the Trainer who’s running the classes you’ve been taking has their boxing for fitness qualifications. For all you know, that Trainer has never taken a boxing course for Personal Trainers and has been teaching ‘incorrect’ technique the whole time you’ve been participating in the class.
Even if you yourself have a background in actual boxing, I’d still recommend you take a boxing course for Personal Trainers…
Firstly for insurance purposes but also because ‘boxing for fitness’ and ‘actual boxing’ are worlds apart. There’s obviously similarities between the two but they are completely different skill sets. Being a good ‘boxer’ doesn’t always translate across to being a good “boxing for fitness instructor”.
The easiest way to find a course in your area is to search ‘boxing’ in the CEC directory on AUSactive website. If you want my recommendation, when I first started in the industry, I took a lot of courses run by Thump which were great. More recently I’ve taken a lot of courses run by Australian Combat and Exercise (ACE) and they were amazing. So good that I ended up hiring the Instructor (Hays) for private 1 on 1 boxing sessions.
At the time of writing this blog, for a boxing course to get approved for CECs with AUSactive, it needs to be a face to face course and not an online one - due to the practical nature of boxing. I understand this may be frustrating for some people reading this blog, however I 100% agree with that decision as boxing is such a physical skill.
The one limitation to boxing CEC courses, is that they are usually only a one day course. Now for convenience purposes that’s great and if you’re a natural athlete or you’ve got some experience in boxing, then one day is potentially enough to learn what you need to.
If you're brand new to boxing however, chances are one day isn’t enough. So my recommendation - use that Boxing CEC course as your ‘start point’ but also go out and do some further training. Some options may include
- Sign up to a boxing gym and take some group classes there (keep in mind that ‘traditional boxing’ and ‘boxing for fitness’ are worlds apart)
- Hire a boxing coach for a few sessions (keep in mind that ‘traditional boxing’ and ‘boxing for fitness’ are worlds apart)
- Take another Boxing Course for Personal Trainers with a different organisation
- Take a “Level 2 / Advanced” Boxing CEC Course
If you’re a Personal Trainer and you’ve already taken a Boxing CEC course and you’re looking for more drills / ideas for your sessions, we actually have a course - Boxing Workouts for Bootcamp and Personal Trainers.
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