One of the best things about boxing is that it is more than just a way of staying fit. Sure, you get an amazing workout when you practice boxing routines, but you also get something more. As you work on your boxing, you develop a real skill set that you can continually improve. The work that you put into boxing will help you get better. It will also keep you focused while getting one of the best full body workouts you can find.
One thing that people often ask when they are new to boxing is how they can get better. The short answer is to practice and to regularly attend boxing classes at a good gym—a gym like Legends Boxing. On top of that, there are some specific things you can do to improve your boxing skills.
When going through your boxing routines, whether with an instructor, partner, or heavy bag, taking it slow at first will really help. Next time you are working on the heavy bag, go through your combinations and drills at about half speed. This will help you focus on your form rather than your force. After you practice the right form enough times, it will become programmed in your muscle memory, and you can maintain good form at full speed.
Another benefit of doing your boxing routines at a slower pace is that you can do it longer. If you hit the bag as hard and as fast as you can, you will burn out quickly. You will still get great exercise that is ideal for staying fit by hitting the bag longer at a more sustainable pace.
Boxing offers an amazing, full-body workout. At least, this is true as long as you’re actually using your entire body. Sometimes when we run through drills that involve our hands, like boxing, we can forget about the rest of the body. To have proper form, to have more power, and to be more efficient, you need to use your legs and core as well as your arms.
Your instructors and classmates at the gym can help you with your form, but to really improve your boxing, you need to practice. When you hit the bag, use your core and legs to swing into each punch. When you practice, remember to keep your hands up and move your head. It is a good idea to pause every now and then to take stock of your form. If you are dropping your hands, focus on that for a while.
It can be hard to think about your feet, head, and torso while hitting the bag or sparring with a partner. However, when you practice enough, it will all come together and start to feel natural. You can alternate focusing more on your footwork during one workout and on your head movement during the next, and so on.
As you work at it, boxing will start to feel more natural all the time. To get the most of your boxing workouts, join a Legends Boxing gym at one of our many locations across the United States. Our instructors will help you with the drills and exercises designed to improve your boxing while staying fit. Contact us today.