There is a whole lot of things that go into boxing. Not just the tacky float like butterfly rhetoric! It requires years of training and working out to make your body able to stand to the hard work that boxing requires. Putting on the gears, and stepping on the ring hogs all the glory, but that glory is taxing, and the payment is sweat and in some cases blood.
Boxing, like any other professional sport, is not easy. It is not always the cheers and camera flashes! These are the results of years of hard work, dedication, and training. You must prepare your body for the boxing ring. If you prepared well, all your dreams of boxing will come true.
So, how do you prepare yourself for the ring? Well, my curious friend, there is no set-out path, no workout routine written in the stars that will prepare your body for the ring. All you can do is put your body to the test of strength and durability. If your body is prepared to take any challenge that might come your way, you are ready for the ring.
Here are some basic ways you can prepare yourself for the ring!
Running is the mother of all workout routines. Even if you are not a boxer, you should get into the habit of running. 95% of all boxers start their daily workout sessions with running.
Running is not about strength or anything else that is physically related to boxing, so why do it? Well, running prepares you mentally. You set yourself a challenge through running. And you push yourself to the point.
In running, you set yourself a target that you will complete no matter what. This helps you grow the mental toughness that you will need in any fight.
There are obvious physical benefits of running as well. This gives you longevity and endurance. Running helps you with long battles, it strengthens your lungs, legs, and your body as a whole. Your body gets conditioned for the fight, and stress that awaits you in the ring.
Running strengthens you physically and mentally.
- Mental Strength to push on
- Physical endurance
- Oxygen allocation
Rope jumping is also another basic, and common exercise, in boxing and in general. Jumping is a very important trick in boxing. This exercise helps you grow focus and improve your footwork. This also helps you react faster, and understand your center of gravity in different stances.
With that knowledge, you can punch more efficiently, and effectively. Rope jumping also makes you agile, and fluent in the ring, which is a very good trait to have bundles of!
Besides all these, jump roping is fun. It has a nostalgic connotation to it. Before video games, and mobile games, before all of the gizmos of modern technology, kids used to jump ropes! This is a reason that we have fitter people, senior citizens are more pro-active and stronger than other generations. Jump roping is a useful, cheap, and ton of fun exercise that should make a strong comeback. And it is a necessity for the boxers.
Shadowboxing is a typically boxing-related workout routine. It requires little preparation, but relaxing your muscles through other exercises is recommended. This will help you with not pulling any muscles.
Shadowboxing helps you with gaining more reflexive abilities. The hand-eye coordination and the eye-head coordination are aided by the shadowboxing sessions.
This training helps you with the balancing of fighting. When you throw a strong punch and miss (more common in shadowboxing for obvious reasons) you need to be able to collect yourself and balance yourself for the next punch. Shadowboxing trains you for that particular situation.
Shadowboxing helps you throw powerful punches, and lets you correct any mistakes that are common in making a comfortable stance for yourself. There are a few things that you should be keeping in mind while shadowboxing.
- Don’t pull any punches. Make sure you give the best power you have in all the punches.
- Take special notice of your footwork. Footwork and the center of gravity go hand in hand. Making sure of your footwork accuracy and perfection will enhance the power of your punches, and will help you grow a good habit of punching with more power.
- Maintain the right synchronization of head and foot movement. Footwork, as said before is important, but your head movement is equally, if not more important.
- Maintain your focus. It is very easy to get distracted in the ring. Shadowboxing prepares you for that. You need to keep your focus on the shadow.
- Fast punches. If you punch faster in shadowboxing, it will help you in the real fight. Faster punches are a gift that many pro boxers hope they had! But through rigorous training and workout routines, they compensate for the lack.
Heavy Bag Training
Now, heavy bag!
Heavy bag training prepares you for many of the challenges of the ring. You get to punch a heavy object; this is not easy. Because you need to maintain a minimum power to punch the bag. Your shadowboxing training will help, certainly, but heavy bag training is not entirely based on instincts. It is based on brute strength and some presence of mind.
Heavy bag training prepares you for the fight by improving your stamina, hand-eye coordination, eye-head coordination, speed, range, combo, and endurance. The heavy punching bag needs power, and you get to twitch with the power during the training.
You can also improve your planning of attack in a fight. There are many things to consider during a fight. And heavy bag sessions help you develop the skills for a fight. There are punch combos, angles, and other ways that you can train during a heavy bag session.
Heavy bag workout session also helps you with burning calories, and burning out fat through sweat. However, if you are not willing to pursue boxing as a career, you don’t need heavy bag punching every day.
Working out isn’t always targeted at building strength. However, you will need to grow your strength. There are a few ways that can help, of course- along with a dietary plan.
Strength training is not gaining muscles and growing big. This is a misconception.
Many pieces of training will add to your strength. There is resistance-based training equipment, weight-based equipment, and exercises.
You can lift weights, wall balls, and run around with weight. You can also try other conventional methods that will help you gain strength. You can do pushups, squats, and other lifting-based exercises for gaining strength. These exercises can build your muscle, and strengthen your bones.
To Sum It All Up
Do these exercises to improve the different aspects of your game.
- Mental Strength
- Physical Strength
- Oxygen Allocation
- Fluidity of Movement
- Stance Selection
- Strength Building
- Hand-eye coordination
- Punch Strength
Heavy Bag Training:
- Punching Strength
- Hand-eye coordination
- Stamina Building
- Combination Punches
- Speed Building
- Bone and muscle strength
These exercises can be implemented by anyone and at any competence level. These routines can be easily incorporated into your daily workout sessions, and these will help you with building strength for boxing, or in general!