Boxing can be a great way to stay lean, both for men and women; although it is a sport where you have to be big and strong in order to be successful, it can be practiced in such a way that it simply models the body by elongating and strengthening the muscles, increasing flexibility and balance and even conferring confidence on those who learn a bit about it. In what follows we are going to show you a few boxing exercises that you can use as a workout routine and see just how straining it can be to train for this sport.
To begin with, boxing stands for great cardio; the way training was thought for this sport exercises the entire body, thus helping with calorie loss and increasing endurance. However, we must tell you now that you probably have to go to a gym in order to get to practice boxing exercises correctly and turning them into a comprehensive workout routine. You will also need special equipment, some of which you can purchase for yourself and some that you can find at the gym. First you have to get your hands on a pair of boxing gloves, some wrist wraps to protect your joints, and the ol’ punching bag and jump rope.
Your first boxing exercise is learning the correct boxing stance; you may think this is not really that important since you aren’t going to become a professional anyway, but if you want to get real results you might as well learn how to do things properly. The correct stance will also help you avoid injury, so either ask someone to help you attain the correct pose or try standing sideways from an imaginary opponent, or from the punching bag. Keep your feet apart and knees slightly bent, and depending on how you are keep your subordinate side towards the “opponent”. This means that if you are right-handed, your right side should be in the back so you can throw your right fist with the most power.
Now that you are in the correct pose, your next move on the list of boxing exercises is to learn how to hold and throw your fists. First of all, your fists should float at about your chin level, while your arms keep close to the body so you can use them to defend yourself. Now you can try throwing fists in the air or by repeating in front of the punching bag. A great part of boxing exercises is throwing punches and throwing punches some more. You have to extend your entire arm and use your entire body to gain momentum and force. You can watch some video tutorials or ask a fellow boxer to show you the basic boxing punches like the jab or the cross punch.
When you’ve got all these under control you can start with some actual boxing exercises; for warm-up and cardio start by jumping rope; there are several ways to do that, but just go with what is more comfortable for you. Do this for three to five minutes, and then do one minute of jumping jacks and a couple of minutes of muscle stretching. Next, start on the punching bag for about five minutes, combining two or more types of punching and jumping about, keeping your feet moving as if your opponent were moving around as well. Take a break in which you jog in place for about a minute, and then perform two more rounds with breaks between.
At the end of your rounds your boxing exercises will be jumping rope for five minutes again and then doing some muscle stretching. As you can see, it is very exerting and exhausting to train for boxing, and all your muscles are tired. However, the satisfaction of having achieved so much in just a few minutes makes it all worthwhile, and in just weeks your body will start looking great!