To do these ten boxing drills at home may require household items you probably already have in your house, such as a mirror and a long rope. Knowing how to do boxing drills at home can provide the privacy you need to practice before first stepping into the ring. Boxing is known to make the upper and lower body fit, so if you’re not boxing professionally you can still implement these drills into your workout.
- Heavy bag 30 – 30 – 30 boxing drill. You will need a heavy bag in your house to do this drill. Each drill has you throwing a series of punches for 30 seconds. Begin by throwing punches at the bag. Next you will begin to throw punches at a faster rate of speed while lifting your knees. Lastly, you will throw power punches to the bag.
- 1 – 2 – 3 Combination boxing drill. You will need a partner to have boxing focus hand pads. Your partner will say “one;” this is when you throw a jab to the hand pads. Next your partner will say “one, two;” you will then throw a jab and a power punch in the hand pads. Your partner will say “one, two, three;” throw a jab, a power punch, then a hook.
- Slide, dip and drag your foot. This drill teaches you when you want to advance or evade an opponent. Start in your boxing stance and with the front of your foot move it forward towards an opponent, dip with your knees and not the waist, then slide the back foot forward as well.
- Side step boxing drill. Have an object at the center of the room. Begin to circle object by side stepping. Don't cross your legs as you side step. This drill teaches when you’re cornered at the belt or ropes of the ring you can quickly evade an opponent by moving side to side. Move to either sides on your toes and you can add a dip while moving.
- Mirror boxing drill. This drill works to mirror every movement your opponent makes. You will need a partner to apply this drill effectively. Knowing how to mirror your opponent can easily corner them in a ring. Be at punching distance from your partner and begin to mimic every movement they make. No punches should be thrown.
- The punching drill. In your fighting stance have a dumbbell on each hand. The dumbbell shouldn't be heavy. You will begin to rapidly throw punches in a stationary position. There are different variations you can apply this drill in and speed is the key to this drill. This drill will teach you to have stamina in your punches, so you won't tire out in the rounds.
- Breathing boxing drill. Breathe out with every punch you throw. When you hear a boxer throw a punch you hear a hissing sound. This is so the boxer won't get fatigued by throwing many punches in a round. You can continuously take deep breathes in and out to open your lung passages to have a better flow of air.
- Shadow boxing drill. You can do this in front of a mirror to find every flaw you make while punching. You can make adjustments and learn new punching combinations.
- Rope drill. This drill teaches you footwork and punching combinations. Dipping below the rope will teach you to quickly evade a punch and to quickly counter the opponent. The rope should be at shoulder length when you want to begin this drill and don't allow the rope to touch you. Apply the slide, dip and drag drill to both sides of the rope. Dip below each side of the rope and apply an uppercut for a challenge.
- Jump rope drill. When boxing you have to learn how to be light on your feet. This allows for quick agility for advancing or retreating. Grab hold of the jump rope and begin to hop over the rope as it passes. When you land don't use your heels to support you only use your toes.
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