Intensity or Technique? You choose
In New York City there are a host of fitness studios offering innovative takes on a workout session.
One of these is a Box & Flow class. Ostensibly it’s for people who like boxing and yoga.
You get plenty of exercise from aerobic exercises, hitting the boxing bag, and yoga flow on the mat.
It’s varied, fast paced, energetic. And you sweat. You sweat a lot.
Of course, there’s a trade off. At that pace there isn’t time to check if your stance is correct, whether your power is coming from your hips as well as your fists, or the warrior two pose is properly aligned.
So if you like boxing and yoga, the boxing & yoga class may not actually be what you’re looking for.
If you have more than a passing interest in one or both of these activities, you probably have a desire to also improve your technique, your craft, your knowledge.
It’s near-impossible to have it all at the same time, so you have to make a choice: focus on speed and intensity to get one kind of result, or on the technique and craft to get another. That means knowing what kind of trade-off you’re willing to make and the result you want to get.
We have to make these kinds of choices in other areas of our lives too, particularly in our work.
And if we don’t know which kind of result we want, we may end up with no benefit from increased intensity or technique.
The surprising thing is that a lot of the time we make these choices without really knowing why we’re making them.
So what’s it to be? Boxing, yoga, or a bit of both?