So, you’ve decided to get in shape through the use of boxing. Perhaps you want to take it a step further and enter the ring for a bit of fun competition? But where do you start, and what do you do and not do?
10 Basic Best Boxing Tips
1. Get a Physical
First things first, get a physical from a qualified medical professional to make sure you’re medically sound to partake in the sweet science.
2. Conduct Research for a Gym/Trainer
Next, research for a gym and/or trainer where you’ll engage in boxing safely with a qualified professional, if you want to go that route.
When I say a pro, I mean someone who is more than a personal trainer. The questions you should ask include: “Have you boxed on the amater or pro level? If yes, how long? Do you hold any licenses and/or certifications?
3. Wrap Your Hands the Right Way
If you decided to go at it alone, have someone qualified to show you how to properly wrap your hands. This want be hard if you’re in a boxing gym. Wrapping your hands will protect your fingers and wrist from injury.
4. Research Which Equipment/Attire is the Best for You
Research which boxing gloves, footwear, and other attire, including a mouthguard, are the best to use.
5. Learn How to Throw a Proper Punch Sans Hurting Yourself
You’re going to want to work on hitting the heavy bag, but what good is it if you’re whaling about like someone who looks like they’ve been electrocuted, or if your hand and wrist are too relaxed?
6. Begin Gradually and Build Up Your Endurance
Gain a measure of stamina before you enter the ring. Good old fashion jogging and skipping rope are good ways to prepare your body for the rigours of the demanding sport.
7. Read Boxing Books and View Online Boxing Tutorials.
If you decide to read instructional boxing books, make sure it’s from an expert in the industry.
The same thing for Youtube, which can be an awesome learning tool. You may have to watch a few hours of videos before you find a few that offer up good advice.
You can also plug in various internet searches on things such as “Best Way to Throw a Jab and Uppercut.”
8. Avoid being Flat-footed, and Stay on the Balls of Your feet.
This will allow light, easy, bouncy movements, either laterly, forward, and backward.
Remember, it’s just as important to avoid getting hit as it’s throwing solid phisticuffs.
Therefore, it’s also important to move your trunk without moving your feet at times to preserve some energy.
9. Stay Relaxed and Calm
The first time you enter a ring to spar, your heart is surely going to be racing a little bit. But don’t forget to remember the basics, and focus on the task at hand.
Trust me, everything will settle down after you get hit for the first while returning the favor. It does get easier over time.
10. Control Your Breathing
You should be exhaling each time that you throw a punch. That is, breath out from the diaphragm, a thin sheet of muscle located below your heart (thoracic cavity), and above your stomach (abdominal cavity).
It’s also important to exhale when you’re exerting energy blocking while avoiding someone else’s punch or barrage of punches.
If you start to breath incorrectly, you’ll be spent in no time.