Even if you’ve just started boxing, you’ve probably already figured out how much physical training your body needs in order to hold your own in the ring.
You can spend time in the gym. You can spar and work the speed bag. But if you aren’t getting any conditioning outside your hour or two in the gym, you’re probably not in pique fighting condition.
So what’s the answer?
You could spend more time in the gym, but most of us just don’t have that kind of time. We have jobs and families and obligations outside the ring. Extra time is just not a luxury we all have. Your best course of action is to find ways to fit workouts into your everyday life that will not only condition your body, but will also improve your skills. Here are 5 of the best exercises you can do anywhere that fit both of those criteria:
Shadowboxing helps to develop agility and form. Twenty minutes of this activity before you jump in the shower every night will not only improve your skills but will give you an extra dose of cardio to end the day.
2. Jumping Rope
The cardio benefits of jumping rope go without saying, but believe it or not, it can also be a great muscle-building tool. The trick is to learn when to contract and relax your muscles for optimum benefit. Jumping rope every day will increase your stamina and footwork skills.
A strong core is essential in any sport, and boxing is definitely no exception. A strong core helps with balance and power and also helps prevent injury. Of course, you can do crunches instead, but planks get top mention because it’s a sweat-free exercise you can fit in during your breaks at work.
4. Squat Jumps
Lower body strength is just as important as upper body strength in boxing, and squats are one of the best exercises you can do to build leg muscle. Adding in the jumps works your fast twitch muscles, giving you those “light on your feet” moves.
5. Push Ups
This one may seem like a no-brainer for a perfect upper body workout, but it bears mentioning since it works every muscle in your body. Fit a few of these in with your planks and your body will be in fighting condition in no time.
These are just a few exercises to get you started outside the gym. As your fitness levels improve, you will find even more ways to fit in a workout here and there, and you might even find yourself squeezing in more fighting time!