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New sport: outdoor fencing

Demanding for the body, mind, and heart, it promises a high caloric expenditure

Those who defend it explain that outdoor fencing, or outdoor fencing, is a new modality created from the discipline of fencing where high temperatures and humidity become a vital part of the session to achieve more effective results and rapid. As with bikram yoga, known as hot yoga, here the ambient temperature also adds up.

“Practicing fencing is a learning that concerns the body, the mind, and the passion”, explains Pilar Vela, Wealthy Expert at the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri hotel, a hotel that offers classes in this new modality, adding: “More than a sport, it is a dance, a subtle art of combat that requires coordination and agility, as well as balance ”

Varela continues: “Practicing fencing involves combining the mental work of a chess player with the resistance of a fitness class. If we add to this a warm environment with high temperatures and humidity, we will achieve an increase in cardiovascular frequency due to the effect of heat ”.

The environment to practice this new form of fencing also counts for its enjoyment to be attractive. The Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri hotel, nominated this year for Best Beach Resort by the Luxury World Travel Awards, transforms its tropical gardens into a setting for swordsmen. Of course, the session is practiced in a controlled manner and under the supervision of a specialized monitor.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF FENCING OUTDOORS?

Those who advocate it say that its greatest advantage over the traditional option is the increased sweating that occurs during the session. With vigorous exercise, blood flow increases to deliver more oxygen to the working muscles, raising the temperature and activating the eccrine sweat glands. This increases caloric expenditure.

Working with heat also makes the body more flexible and mobile. “In this way, the fencing movements become more agile and accurate,” explains Vela.

Consistent cardiovascular exercise, which generally makes us sweat a lot, can be an ally of the liver, helping it release substances that the body does not need (especially against the damage of having drunk alcohol).

“With sweating, body fluids are renewed, which keeps the body clean ”(Pilar Vela)

The heat produces vasodilation of the body, which increases the movement of the blood. “This benefits at the cardiovascular level, promoting health, in addition to improving the appearance of the legs”, concludes the expert.

BENEFITS OF FENCING

To practice fencing, you have to take into account several things. The first, the type of weapon used. Depending on one or the other, the level of demand and, therefore, the profitability of the year will be one or the other.

In fencing, there are three weapons: epee, foil, and saber. The latter is the fastest and, therefore, offers two advantages: it further improves muscle tone and requires more decision-making.

“The sword requires greater care and attention because the valid target is the whole body and it can be touched at any time”, explains Marcos Flórez, personal trainer and physical trainer of the National Fencing Team, who adds: “you have to have more expertise to defend yourself and find the time to win the headdress. sabers are somewhat more resistant -or long-distance runners- than sablistas or floretistas ”. For its part, the foil is halfway between sword and sword and meets the characteristics of the three weapons.

The physical trainer of the national fencing team tells us that one of the advantages of fencing is that, depending on your personality or your temperament, you can practice with one weapon or another. It specifies that the most active people are better associated with foil or saber and in slower temperaments, the sword can work better since it sometimes requires a calm rhythm.

” The advantage of the sword is that you can really face it however you want, energetically, slowly, slowly, quickly… ”(Marcos Flórez).

In sum, the 5 benefits of practicing fencing, according to Marcos Flórez, are:

  1. At the muscular level, practicing fencing requires very important and explosive leg work, so muscle tone improves a lot.

2. It is an asymmetrical sport, such as tennis, paddle tennis, or golf, so it must always be compensated in the preparation exercises that are carried out before the practice itself.

3. At a cardiovascular level it is very demanding, although in the case of using the sword you can lower the intensity as much as necessary to find the headdress.

4. Although it may seem that only the wrist works, it is a very demanding sport and can be very tiring.

5. Work your balance a lot, even if you don’t train that specific quality.

“Decision-making is important with the three weapons and foresight work is important, which is why motor control is very high ”(Marcos Flórez).

Other added benefits :

-Intellectually speaking it is a very active sport. In addition to the legs and the heart, the brain moves.

“There is always a tactical plan to carry out and it must be constantly and immediately varied, depending on the opponent’s actions” (Marcos Flórez).

-To start practicing it, there is no minimum level of fitness. You can start at any age, even compete.

-Its caloric expenditure is high, close to that of a sprinter and, if you work hard, you can burn the same as in a spinning session.

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