10 Boxing Tips For Beginners
If you have just taken up the sport of boxing these 10 boxing tips for beginners are sure to help you gain skills and keep yourself from sustaining unnecessary injury.
- Clearance from your doctor. Before you begin any sport make sure you are physically capable of participating. Your doctor can give you a sports physical clearance in a simple doctor's visit. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Obtain the proper gear. Make sure you are properly outfitted for the ring. Regulation boxing gloves, a mouth piece, hand wraps, boxing shoes, a "kidney belt, and especially head gear are super important. You don't want to get hurt or loose your teeth on the first day.
- Cardio Training. Boxing requires you to have stamina. You can achieve this by doing lots of cardio exercises. Workout on the treadmill or run. Jumping rope also conditions and improves coordination.
- Find a Reputable Trainer. Do a little investigating on your own before you invest in a trainer. Ask around and find out their reputation. Look around and find someone who matches your personality. Many boxers have been made or broken by their relationship with their trainer.
- Find a good Training Facility. Finding a gym is important. It doesn't have to be a big costly facility. You do need access to mirrors, a ring to spar in, heavy bag to punch, and a speed bag. If there are no boxing gyms in your area look into kick boxing gyms they will have the same basic equipment you need.
- Shadow Box in the mirror. Once you get a few sessions with a trainer under your belt practice in the mirror. Shadow boxing improves your form and also is a form of cardio exercise.
- Learn how to throw a good jab. The most fundamental punch in boxing is the jab. Don't go in thinking it is all about power punching. The jab is an effective and quite powerful weapon for your arsenal.
- Work the heavy bag. All great boxers start on the heavy bag. It will make you sweat if you are doing it right. It improves punch power and coordination. It lets you "feel" the impact of a real punch. You are less likely to pull punches when you are hitting the bag. It is also a great way to relieve stress.
- Work the speed bag. Training on the speed bag improves every fundamental skill you will need as a boxer. It may take time before you master this task. Once you can actually work the speed bag you will gain improved hand eye coordination as well as confidence. Don't give up if it seems like an impossible task.
- Spar. Find a suitable sparring partner. This is different from a trainer. The partner should be equally matched in skill level. A live sparring partner is the only way you can really know if you are cut out for the physical punishment this sport can heap on you. It's one thing to say you can "take a punch" and quite another one to actually feel one.
Boxing is a great way to lose weight and get yourself healthy. No matter what your reason for taking up the sport, these boxing tips for beginners will help get you started and moving in the right direction. So, get out there and duck and weave!