While the pandemic has given us all a reality check, it has put a strain on the overall workout and practice routine of fighters and boxers. We know that many focus on boxing as a hobby, whereas others take it seriously as a profession. For professional boxers, this is especially important as the competition in the boxing industry is incredibly tough and, to compete with everyone, you need to be at the best of your game. With more time at home, it can be difficult to continue your training, so here are a few steps to keep you on your game, while practicing at home:
If you want to continue your fitness at home, motivation is very important, which is the reason you might want to start with a brief mediation period. This will help you stay focused and plan the strategy you will be implementing in the next few minutes. Next, begin your warm up with dynamic stretching.
Tip: take three combination practices for a day and do it on alternative days. Use a punching bag (if you have one) or otherwise, you can shadowbox.
This punching drill needs to be extensive, because within boxing, you will not only be practicing the techniques, but also the combinations. While practicing, start with a single jab and cross, then add the hook and eventually add the cross as well. Now that you have practiced your singles, you’re ready for the combination.
Tip: choose a pathway for this, if you don’t have cones, just mark the placements with household items or clear up your living room for this quick, practice session.
Footwork is very important because this is the only way you can stay balanced. Most fighters get confused and knocked out easily because they can’t maintain their balance.
Tip: invest in equipment! However, if you do not have a speed boxing bag, you can make one with the help of a double-balloon filled with sand or flour. This might not be as effective, but it can work temporarily. While the time may sound like a lot, you’ll be burning some major calories and building some major muscle!
Rope skipping is a great form of cardio and complements the sport by focusing on footwork, body coordination and speed. All you need is just a skipping rope and a timer!