Boxing is an exciting sport which can be trained by both men and women of all ages. But like with most sports, the earlier you start the better. But before you get started, there a few things you should know about boxing training.
Amateur Vs Professional Boxing
First of all, there are two types of boxing. One type is professional boxing and the other one is amateur boxing. Everyone who starts training boxing imagines themselves in the ring and winning the championship title in front of a huge crowd, however, it is important to keep in mind that no one is born a professional. Instead, most boxers remain amateurs rather than becoming professionals. But as mentioned earlier, it is a fun sport which offers lots of thrills and excitement as well as helps you stay in shape. On the other hand, you never know what life brings. After all, even the greatest boxers of all times were amateurs once.
Boxing Training Methods
Learning boxing techniques. In order to be able to hit the target and deflect or block the opponent’s punches, you need to master boxing from the technical aspect. In order to perform the basic defence and attack strategies correctly, it is advisable to sign up for a boxing class.
Strength training. It is not enough to hit the opponent if you want to win. In addition to learning how and where to punch, you also need to punch as forcefully as possible to either knock out the opponent or wear him off. Besides practising punching on a heavy bag, strength training must also include other types of workout such as weightlifting, push-ups, medicine balls, etc. which promote physical strength because unfortunately, a boxer must also be prepared to receive punches and be able to continue to fight.
Endurance training. If you want to be a good boxer, you need to be physically fit. Throwing a few forceful punches is not enough to win the match which is why you cannot afford yourself to get tired after a few strikes. Boxing training therefore always includes endurance training such as rope jumping, running, etc.
Speed training. In order to take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes and evade his punches, you need to have good reflexes and be as fast as possible. Some boxers tend to be born with the ability to move extremely fast but with the right workouts, speed can be improved dramatically even by “slow” boxers.
Boxing Training Equipment
To learn the art of boxing, you will need a few pieces of equipment which fortunately, are not that expensive. Ideally, you should have all the necessary boxing equipment at home but for a start, a quality headgear, hand wraps, boxing gloves, a mouthpiece and comfortable clothing will do. The rest of the equipment will be provided by the chosen boxing school.