As a boy I’d always been in awe of boxing. I used to watch for hours the boxing shows on TV and the competitions were my best favorites. I even had a big punching bag down at the basement of our house, which I used for practice. Recently my friend had invited me to the gym he had been frequenting for some time. He had enrolled in the boxing training session and wanted to show off his newly learnt moves to me.
Given my history with boxing, I readily agreed and met up with him at the gym. The gym was an ultramodern set up with all sophisticated and cool equipment. The best part I liked about the gym was its boxing ring. What I love about boxing is the satisfaction I get when I hit the punching bag. Of course I use my safe and fit boxing gloves when I punch.
I watched my friend use his hooks, undercuts and jabs. I quizzed to him about the moves as it looked like the whole thing needed a highly fit body with great stamina. He told me about the workouts he had to perform daily to stay fit and outlast his opponent at the ring.
Boxers, I found out, needed to be in top shape than any other athletes to excel in the sport. Most boxers are well conditioned, strong and fiery. The awesome endurance they gain is because of the training they undergo for boxing. Core power is built on so strong that you can easily punch someone out of the ring, if you want.
Here are some exercises that you can do to get as fit as a boxer:
This is the most classic boxing exercise. You get to have a lean and strong body with good agility, footwork and coordination. Further this workout enhances endurance to a great extent. And as these are portable, you can do the workouts anywhere you want. There are variations like high knees, single jumps, double jumps and figure eights.
This is for increasing endurance and strength. The regular up and down movements keep you agile and workout all the muscles in the body keeping you fighting fit.
This is to strengthen the core, so you can give a powerful punch.
This is one of the best workout for getting your footwork and movement right while boxing. Make sure you wear good quality boxing gloves, when you practice your punches.
The pushups strengthen the arms, chest, shoulders and the core muscles. Since they can be done without any equipment, you can easily perform the exercises anywhere you want.
Chin-ups or pull ups
These are for building the muscles of chest, back, shoulder and the core strength,
These strengthen the lower part of the body and, when done with kettlebell or sandbag the effect is more pronounced.
The shoulder press helps in building endurance and shoulder strength.
When you have good practice at the different types of boxing workouts, your stamina will improve and you will stay for a long time without tiring.