Using boxing drills for fitness is a fun and effective way to quickly increase the effects of an outdoor workout. Boxercise has popularised a version of this type of training in an indoors class setting. Out in the field, Muddy Plimsolls’ one-to-one boxing sessions with clients allows us to really focus on rapidly improving the clients’ abilities when pursuing boxing fitness. Here are three fundamentals we like to promote in our outdoor training.
Effective boxing training starts by moving around
It’s so easy, when focussing on hitting the hook and jabs pads, to end up with one’s feet rooted to the spot. But boxers are constantly on the move. That’s why our trainers move themselves around during pad sessions. When they become a moving target, you the client have to move around to keep up. You burn more calories, and develop quickness and agility from the ground up. We also try to work within the Olympic boxing ring measurements of 20ft x 20ft and work on developing endurance to last 3 minute rounds. And you don’t want to forget bobbing and weaving do you?
Punch through the pads
Punching a pair of hook and jab pads can seem like an alien thing to do. This often leads to quite a few weak punches with not much contact force. To remedy this, and make the client exert even more effort in their boxing training session, I ask them to punch through the pads, by imagining that the pads are actually a few inches behind where my hands are. Boom! Suddenly he or she is connecting with the pads in a much more effective way.
Mix boxing training with bodyweight
Our general clientele like to mix weight loss and toning results. Boxing training must be mixed with a bodyweight training programme to achieve this. I will be the first to admit that simply hitting pads for an hour, one after the other, won’t cut it. So we always remember at Muddy Plimsolls to train the whole body every time.