Shadow Boxing Tips

When you talk about boxing, it is difficult to have a conversation without mentioning the legends of this sport, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, and Rocky Graziano. Their dedication, intense passion, unique skills, and years of hard work and sweat brought them the fame they deserve. With hours, days, months, and years of practice, many young boxers and future hopefuls wish to become like them, and hope for one day they can earn the same respect these legends hold today. However, you can’t just start punching speed bags or punching bags and call yourself a boxer. Your passion for boxing comes from within and it has to transform into the way you accept it into you. By following proper boxing techniques, you can become a powerful boxer.

There are various tips and techniques used in boxing. Shadow boxing is one of them. Students of boxing, and even professional boxers, are taught how to shadow box so that they can apply this exercise into the sport. In the following article, we will be taking a closer look at what this style of boxing is and also go over some important tips.

What is Shadow Boxing?

Technically speaking, this type of boxing is a workout that boxers use to prepare their muscles for training. During this technique, no punching bags or any other equipment is used. You have to deliver punches in front of you and think that someone is standing there (this should explain the reason behind the name). You can stand in front of a mirror or in middle of the ring to start boxing yourself.

When you punch in front of you, since there isn’t any bag that determines how much force you’ve used, the workout becomes that much more interesting and important. You have maneuver your body in such a way that it looks like there is someone present and you are actually punching a person and/or trying avoid taking their blows. In order to know what it looks like, picture Muhammad Ali in the ring, throwing punches in the air, practicing his routine. After understanding what this workout is all about, let’s look at some boxing tips which you can follow in order to apply them in boxing.

Tips for Shadow Boxing

Learning and practicing the technique doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a professional boxer or are looking towards being one. As an exercise routine, you can learn to make yourself more agile and light on your feet.

■ It helps to condition your body and provide the much-needed strength for boxing. You need to learn how have a proper stance during this workout so that you can transfer your energy to improving the power in your punches, being swift and light on your feet, and develop your skills in the sport.

■ Keep a check on your breathing pattern as it affects how you deliver your punches and move about the ring. Many times, some people forget to breathe out after taking a breath. Keeping your breath in and then throwing the punches is wrong and can hold you back.

■ Boxing has everything to do with your core muscles. If you core muscles are weak, you won’t be able to have a firm hold over your legs to move about the ring. Your every move, punch, slide, everything depends on your core muscles. So keep working to build your abdominal muscles and make them strong.

■ Learning just one routine during practice (moving in the same direction, following one rhythm) is not advisable. You should keep changing your routine so that you don’t become predictable and your opponent is left wondering what your next move will be.

■ The most important tip is, every time you throw a punch, or are maneuvering around the ring, always have an image of someone standing in front of you. Picturing an opponent will help you focus and concentrate. You won’t throw punches for the heck of it and will be able to understand how boxing works.

When you learn, understand, and practice the techniques, you can be sure to time your punches and improve yourself as a boxer. Similar to following particular drills in any given sport, shadow boxing is considered as a drill for boxing. While practicing, remember the tips mentioned in this article. Also, if you have a coach or trainer who is teaching you boxing, or how to shadow box, listen to their advice and look for guidance.

Best Boxing Gloves

I wonder how did Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and the like choose their boxing equipment. I guess some of the credit of their success goes to their boxing equipment, especially those legendary gloves. Without top-notch gloves their task would have been a little more difficult! So, here is how you choose the best gloves for yourself, if you are into boxing.

Choosing the Best Boxing Gloves

It is not as easy as you think to get the perfect pair of gloves. An individual cannot just walk in a sports shop and ask for a pair of gloves. A serious thought has to be put in for picking the best gloves.

Pick of the Picks
One of the wisest things to do for buying good gloves for boxing is to consult your trainer or instructor. As I described, just because a pair of Everlast gloves looks good, you cannot buy them, or buying gloves just because they are cheap, in a sports shop is a big no no. Speak to your instructor, decide the usage level of your gloves and then buy them.

Sporting Which Sport
What kind of sports or activity you are in is a major determinant of what type of gloves will be the best for you. For instance, if you practice cardio kickboxing in the gym, it will be advisable to choose a thicker glove with more padding. On the contrary, if you might have noticed, that a professional will most often than not have a lighter glove, easiest to make a fist. For someone who is training to hit the ring, again a heavier glove will be a good option. Likewise, if you are into Muay Thai, or just punching the speed bag, or sparring, your glove specifications for those boxing workouts will be different.

Size and Weight Matters
More than size, in boxing the weight of the glove matters. For example, 8 oz and 10 oz are common for competitive boxers, who hit the punching bag or heavy bag regularly, while women and kids, who have comparatively smaller hands, can have 12 oz gloves. They will be the best for them, when it comes to size. Along with this, 16 oz is the common weight of gloves for people of all sizes who are training. Typically, 12 oz is small, 14 oz is medium and 16 is large. Another important thing about size is that usually, gloves stretch to fit your hand better, with frequent use. So it is highly likely that even the best gloves will not fit you properly when they are brand new. For this reason, a good idea is to buy a pair which fits slightly tighter and never ever buy gloves without trying them with your hands wrapped.

Best Brands for Boxing Gloves

Gloves from renowned brands come with a guarantee. Some of the most prominent brands are Everlast, Ringside, Cleto Reyes, Revgear, Lonsdale, Grant and a few others. Everlast pro style training gloves are top-notch and so are Cleto Reyes Official Pro-fight Gloves. You can get a wide array of choices when you buy from these brands.

A final consideration while picking boxing gloves is whether they are going to be of leather or vinyl. Leather will be a better option, as it lasts longer. Although now you can get good vinyl gloves too. Rather than velcro, gloves with laces are preferable. That’s it! All the best!