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.

Boxing Tips for Beginners

This is a sport where if you are not ready for the attack, the opponent can and will, surely knock you down. Just like this dialog from a boxing movie ‘Rocky’ starring Sylvester Stallone;

Mickey: Your nose is broken.
Rocky: How does it look?
Mickey: Ah, it’s an improvement.

Yes, this is what is the quintessential sport boxing we are talking about here. The likes of Mike Tyson and Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, they have been there done that. These boxers slogged and slogged hard to get to the top.

Tips for Boxing
Proper Gear
It is extremely significant that you have a good pair of gloves at your disposal at the onset when you want to learn boxing. Apart from that, you would need hand wraps, mouth piece, headgear and shoes.

Basic Techniques
You would most probably begin with learning what is, in boxing jargon, called a jab. Here is what you do.

  • Get in a boxing stance with your lead foot forward.
  • With the weight on your toes, take a step forward, and simultaneously throw a straight punch using your lead hand.
  • Get your fist back in its original position and repeat.

Once you get the jab, it will serve as a pathway for learning other techniques involved in boxing. One of them is footwork and the other is blocking. Footwork for most part would be taken care of while jabbing, but still you would need to work on that. Blocking will help you know how to block those power packed blows from an opponent. There too, you have to analyze the situation and then block. In addition to this, you also need to attack. So, for attacking, you need to create opportunities to throw that lethal punch. A good punching bag will do the needful for you. Along with this, you need to be mentally prepared to take hard blows as well. That will be developed as you train more and more. Another factor when you are in a ring is preemption. Somewhere down the line, you would be required to anticipate a punch, where in you will need to attack before that. Again, this would be a result of your hard training and love for the sport. There are some more techniques, but they are better left for the trainer to explain and teach!

Fitness and Nutrition
Imagine you have a great potential, have all the punches, blocks and preemptive methods in your kitty. But you blow it off in just the 3rd round. Reason? Lack of stamina and requisite endurance. So the point is to be fit as a fiddle and concentrate on maintaining perfect health. This is done by proper nutrition or eating habits, rigorous boxing workouts, and stamina building exercises. For instance eating carbohydrates before training and proteins after training. Running or any other cardiovascular exercise is excellent for improving stamina. Without this, all your mind-boggling boxing skills can go for a toss.

Sparring
Sparring, in short is fighting it out like an actual boxing contest with a partner. But this a bit of an advanced stage. Sparring gives you a real feel of being in the ring. Fine, you can punch the punching bag to a lump, but are not so good in front of an opponent. The solution for this is sparring. Sans sparring, you would not get any idea about how to go about defending, clinching, and distancing.

Last but not the least, you would need a truckload of patience, ye fellas, because boxing is not child’s play. It is a sport where you should be ready to take blows in the same spirit as you are to throw punches. It is all a part of the game.

Badminton Tips

A badminton rally ends once the shuttlecock falls to the ground. The rule is that it can only be struck once by each side, over the net. The shuttlecock is a feathered projectile that is designed with unique aerodynamic properties that cause it to fly differently. The feathers create a higher drag and cause the shuttlecock to decelerate much more than a ball. Competitive badminton is always played indoors, because the flight of the shuttlecock is strongly affected by wind. As an Olympic sport, badminton has five competitive disciplines―men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. The sport demands aerobic stamina, strength, and speed. The technical aspect of the sport requires good motor coordination.

Since badminton involves stamina and agility, you need to warmup accordingly. You could begin with a jog or skipping, and once your pulse is raised, stretch the legs, back, and shoulders to prepare for the lunges. When choosing a racket, check the grip―small grips for small hands and large grips for large hands. Develop a relaxed grip with flexible wrist movements, to perfect forehand and backhand shots. A wobbly shuttle indicates poor quality or faulty dynamics, and should be returned or chucked away as soon as possible.

After playing a shot, try as much to return to central base position, to be more likely to reach all possible opposing shots. As badminton is a fast-paced and highly unpredictable game, you should be prepared to change direction anytime. Incorporate some strategies into the game, and the best game plan to follow is to discover your opponent’s weakness. Once you identify one or many of his or her weaknesses, play to it as much as possible! This sport requires stamina and agility, and thus, brisk walking and jogging are ideal for providing knee strength that is required during a fast-paced game.

Badminton requires constant thinking and planning. Make sure that every shot has a purpose, and keep an eye on as much of the court as possible. Just like in any other game, exercise or physical activity, make sure you round-off your game with a cool-down phase. You need to ensure that you finish as you began, probably with a gentle walk around the court. You could also adopt some light stretching exercises. When attempting to take up badminton as a sport, focus on the major muscle groups. Even if you wish to concentrate on some others, let your choice depend on how the previous game was.

When stretching for a warmup before a game, ensure that you hold your stretches for around 30 seconds. This ensures a really deep stretch. Badminton is like any other sport, and whether played ‘singles’ or ‘doubles’ or ‘mixed’, the game demands teamwork. You need to understand and apply all the rules to the game, even during the workout sessions. The game requires you to have a lot of stamina, and hence, you need to monitor your diet. A fiber-rich diet, with just the right amount of good fats and carbohydrates, will work wonders on your energy levels.

Once you take to the sport of badminton, you should not shift focus from the essentials of the game, and develop a game plan all your own! Badminton, played as a leisure activity, is a great exercise, and a fantastic way of spending quality time with family and friends. There are dedicated clubs everywhere that operate to teach the sport to children and those genuinely interested in the sport.