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Fit for summer: Personal trainer reveals how BOXING is the key to your perfect body

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Personal trainer reveals how BOXING is the key to the perfect summer body – and the exact workouts you need to be doing to sculpt a booty and toned abs

  • Former professional boxer Glen Austin says boxing is the key to the perfect body
  • The personal trainer, from Sydney, recently opened Shelter Boxing Academy 
  • He says abs really are made in the kitchen but can be enhanced with exercise
  • Mixing disciplines like boxing, Pilates and spinning is the best full body workout 
  • Glen advises eating a wholefood diet filled with salad, eggs and poached meat

A professional boxer turned personal trainer has revealed how boxing is the key to honing the perfect summer body.

Glen Austin, from Sydney, said boxing is the best full-body workout for strengthening arms, legs and core, as well as improving balance and coordination.

Glen, who competed professionally in mixed martial arts and now acts as the Combat Sports Commissioner for Western Australia, also shared the exact exercises to tone your stomach and build glute muscles.

Former professional boxer and mixed martial arts fighter Glen Austin (pictured centre) said boxing is the best exercise to hone the perfect summer body

Former professional boxer and mixed martial arts fighter Glen Austin (pictured centre) said boxing is the best exercise to hone the perfect summer body

Glen also shared his best stomach toning and glute building exercises, including ab wheel roll outs and L-sit hanging raises

Glen also shared his best stomach toning and glute building exercises, including ab wheel roll outs and L-sit hanging raises

What is the ‘Shelter Boxing’ workout?

The Shelter Boxing workout is a 45 minute ‘meditative sweat’ which combines boxing and low impact, high intensity conditioning. The Shelter Box class runs as 10 guided rounds, split between the boxing bag and the floor.

Glen recently teamed up with trainer Ben Mills to launch Shelter Boxing Academy, a boxing training camp at Shelter Gym, a ‘non-intimidating’ boutique space in Sydney’s Double Bay.

‘Boxing gives you the ability to ‘train like the pros, without the blows’,’ Glen told FEMAIL.

‘Through boxing, you develop speed and strength in your arms, legs and core. Your cardiovascular fitness and coordination are bi-products of the exercise.

‘When you’re in a boxing studio, you’re present and in the moment. It’s certainly something that serves as a form of escape from our busy lives.’

Boxing strengthens your arms, legs and core as well as building speed and improving coordination and balance

Boxing strengthens your arms, legs and core as well as building speed and improving coordination and balance

Asked the age old question about how to tone your stomach, Glen admitted the adage ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ is largely accurate.

‘This is best achieved in the kitchen! If we were to talk about toning stomachs in the gym, keep it simple,’ he said.

‘Ab wheel roll outs and L-sit hanging raises are best – it doesn’t have to be over complicated to be effective.’

What a professional MMA fighter eats in a day

BREAKFAST

A light smoothie of banana, coconut water, sliced mango and protein, OR poached egg on wholemeal toast with half an avocado.

‘A high intensity cardio session in the morning before eating anything is a great start,’ Glen says.

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LUNCH

Wholemeal salad and poached chicken wrap OR sashimi and brown rice sushi.

‘If you dine out for lunch, avoid fried and fatty foods – you’ll feel better for it in the afternoon from a fatigue perspective,’ Glen advised.

DINNER

Rice or sweet potato with a white fish.

In the lead up to a fight, Glen likes to fuel his body with Italian dishes like pasta.

To build a toned behind, Glen advised hitting the area directly with exercises that activate the gluteus muscles.

‘Progressively adding weights and reps is important to improve tone and growth over time,’ he said. 

In terms of toning arms, Glen said it’s best to keep it old school with traditional bicep and tricep exercises.

His favourite full-body workout is spinning, which he tries to fit in three times a week. 

Glen believes a mix of disciplines like spinning, boxing and Pilates is the key to maintaining a lean, toned physique

Glen believes a mix of disciplines like spinning, boxing and Pilates is the key to maintaining a lean, toned physique

‘Three sessions a week is achievable for anyone who allocates time in their day to exercise, he said.

‘If I only trained three times a week, I would mix disciplines – for example, boxing, spinning and Pilates.’

Glen said rest and recovery is essential to sustaining an effective fitness routine.

‘It’s so important for avoiding injury and promoting growth,’ he said.

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