Learn how to box at home only takes a small investment, a lot cheaper than an annual gym membership and it is the ideal way to become fitter and learn a new skill.
What do I need?
A heavy bag (and somewhere to hang it), 16 oz gloves, wraps and a skipping rope is all that is required. Investing in a ring timer that you can download for FREE on your smart phone. This will help structure your workouts.
The question is why workout at home when you can join a boxing gym?
Good question, and there are many reasons, apart from the obvious convenience and the more comfortable surroundings perhaps for beginners.
Let me explain:
Some gyms will just chuck you in the ring to see how you fare before you know the fundamental moves, which is just wrong and irresponsible if you ask me.
Some, NOT all public boxing gyms focus on the people who have ability if you don’t fall into this category you will probably be left behind doing drills.
With no one supervising you, you are going to condition bad habits, boxing is all about muscle memory, you want to condition the CORRECT muscle memory.
If you can afford a personal trainer to give you 1 on 1 advice, ideal! It will cost you, but more often than not a worthy investment, as like everything you want to model success, you want to learn form someone who knows how to teach as they’ve experienced it themselves time and time again.
This might not be the case though! I know plenty of personal trainers who teach boxing who have never done it before (some are excellent mind and I take my hats off to them), however the others drive me INSANE!!
Guys charging £50 and upwards an hour who aren’t looking at their students feet when they are throwing punches, don’t tuck the chin under the shoulder when throwing, basic fundamental flaws.
Again they are just conditioning bad habits, they will probably lose weight, probably get in better shape physically, but learn how to box, NO!
They think they are learning, until put in a sparring session, and you see how they fare!
Boxing is about control, about repetition, practice and practice and practice, the same movements over and over again, conditioning that muscle memory so that when you want to let go of a flurry of punches you do so with grace and style moving form offensive to defensive and offensive.
It is an art form, and one of the many reasons why its called the Noble Art.
Here is my three-point plan:
1. Buy the right equipment
· Heavy Bag
· Skipping Rope
· Hand wraps
· 16 oz gloves
· Download free ring timer
2. The Workout
· Two 3 Minute rounds of dynamic stretching
· Two 3 Minute rounds of skipping
· Two 3 minute rounds of shadow boxing
· Four 3 Minute rounds of high intensity heavy bag work
· Two 3 Minute rounds of shadow boxing, working on your mistakes
· The Ton-Up Conditioning Program
3. Find a Mentor To Model
· Buying the equipment easy
· Following a workout easy
· Following a workout and executing the correct technique
· Can be DIFFICULT
· This is why we recommend you find a mentor to model
· If working out at home
You can take the time yourself to work on YOU.
You have to be disciplined mind, but you can take the time when nobody is watching to just work ON YOURSELF!
Condition the right muscle memory, practice over and over until you get it right. It takes patience, a lot of sweat and discipline, but there is nothing more rewarding when you can string together six or seven rounds on the heavy bag, throwing different combinations and moving around with ease.