Boxing Tips: Learn to Fight with the Best
By Christina Sontag
, last updated January 28, 2012
Boxing is a great way to keep in shape, improve your muscle mass, and increase your strength, because it’s fun and easy to learn. If you’re looking for some boxing tips for beginners, you’ve clicked on the right article. Read on to learn how to fight with the best.
First of all, if you want to get really serious about boxing and are thinking about competing, you should look in to getting a trainer. While online tips and suggestions are great ways to get your feet wet if you’ve never boxed before, you should definitely consider a trainer for further study. Trainers will be able to work with you on a stricter workout regimen and will get you ready to box on a higher level in no time.
Before you begin boxing like the pros, you’ll have to get your strength up. Make up a workout regimen, over the course of a few months or weeks, to build up your muscle. Focus on core strength, upper body strength, and hand-eye coordination. Do lots of crunches, pushups, pull ups, and some light weight training, so that you do not over-strain yourself.
Jumping rope is a good way to train your legs and feet to move quickly and efficiently, which will come in handy when you are boxing with a partner. Add a few minutes of jumping rope to your workout regimen, and increase the time you jump as it becomes more and more comfortable.
To start boxing, you’ll first need to have the equipment you need. Invest in some good boxing gloves (any pair from Boxing Depot’s website will do), maybe a punching bag, and some athletic tape.
When you’re ready to start, jump right in! If you’re uncomfortable using a punching bag, have a partner who is more experienced in boxing, be your punching bag (use pads). To begin, start with 6 jabs to the stomach area of your partner or punching bag, and 6 jabs to the head area, within 30 seconds. If you’re right handed, alternate this drill with your left hand so that you can strengthen it significantly and vice versa.
Keep your feet moving and after extending your arm to deliver a jab, bring it back to cover your chin. If you’re working with a partner, have them move around a bit to teach you how to move while you box. Repeat this same simple movement until you feel comfortable with the movements, and have gotten used to the feeling of bouncing around on your feet to stay on your toes.
Once you’ve mastered this beginner’s drill, you can move on to try boxing with other people. Make sure you choose a partner who is on your level, or who is willing to work with you at a beginner’s level. If joining a gym that offers classes or coaches is an option for you, you may want to take advantage of professional help.
If you already have a bit of experience, try boxing drills with weighted gloves. This will give you a greater range of motion when you move back to un-weighted gloves; once your arms have gotten used to jabbing with the heavy gloves, jabbing with un-weighted gloves will seem natural and easy. Happy Boxing!