Boxing can be one of the most strenuous sports. It can also be an intense training, and an excellent way to get into amazing shape. It trains your body in agility, speed, power, strength, and coordination. Training like a boxer increases cardio strength as well as muscle endurance. A boxers body is lean, and agile. Everyone knows that boxers have awesome bodies. They understand that having huge big muscle mass isn’t going to help them in the boxing ring. Many times when I ask my clients what they want to look like, they point out the body of a male or female boxer.
You may never want to get into the boxing ring and actually hit someone. I love boxing, and people always ask me, “Do you get into the ring?”. My answer, “No, but, there are some heavy bags around town that have gotten a piece of my mind!:. So, even though you don’t have it in you to duke it out, you may want to learn how to train like a boxer, and get their amazing physique. Another great thing about boxing is the emotional stress release it brings about. When a client has had a really bad day, many times, I will get them onto the boxing bags. They always tell me that they feel better.
Boxers usually start out with a good warm up and then some stretching. Warm up can be a short jog, or some jumping jacks for about two or three minutes. Then, after that, some quick stretching. Stretch both arms and legs.
Boxers are also very proficient in jumping rope, or rope skipping. You don’t have to jump really high, and in fact if you do, you will get winded really fast. It’s about learning how to shuffle your feet and get a sense of rhythm with the rope. Once you get the hang of it, you can attempt some fancier rope moves. Jump rope for about 10 or 15 minutes.
After jumping rope, I like the basic moves, such as squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks. So, 50 of each exercise. Starting out, you may start out with just 20 and work your way up. Then, I love getting onto the heavy bags. If you don’t have heavy bags, you can practice shadow boxing. If you have a mirror, you can do this in the mirror. Facing the mirror, you will place your feet kitty corner to the mirror. So, in a right handed boxers stance, your right hand will be in the back. Your feet will go kitty corner to the right, with left foot in front. You will have your feet about shoulder width, and you should see both of your feet in the mirror. Bend your knees, and bring your hands up in a guard position. Turn your upper body forward, and your right heel should be off the ground. This is a starting position for a right handed boxers stance. You should be light on your feet. You can practice jabs with your left hand, and straight punches, or crosses with your left hand. Also practice upper cuts and hooks in different variations.