Boxing has become a fitness phenomenon that is beloved by everyday people that desire a high-intensity workout. Whether you’re a boxing professional or just started hitting the bag, it’s imperative to practice regularly to improve your skills. Beyond Boxing will give you the optimal training necessary to enhance your endurance and strength via our fitness classes.

What our gym also provides is a guide to continue your training even after the gym closes. Don’t have a bag at home? Here’s our guide to boxing at home with no equipment:

Shadowboxing Is Key

Shadowboxing is the technique of boxing without the use of any equipment for training purposes. These skills are what you need to practice to improve your boxing performance:

1. Have A Defensive Stance

Stance is of vital importance when it comes to a shadowboxing workout. Ensure your non-dominant foot (if you’re a righty, the dominant is the right and if you’re a lefty, your dominant is the left) is placed in front of your body with the dominant foot back in place and slightly to the side. Keep a safe distance between your two feet that is not too narrow or wide, with your knees slightly bent. Have your dominant hand at eye level with your back arm secured closely to your body near the ribs. Keep your rear arm along the cheekbone area to defend your face with the elbow tucked always.

2. Ensure You Have Proper Footwork

After you position your feet in a safe, defensive distance, you can begin your footwork technique. Boxing footwork is essentially a shuffle, which involves the foot closest to the direction you’re going in stepping first. As you move your feet, keep your shoulder-width stance secure. When shuffling, stay on the balls of your feet to evenly distribute your overall weight and to promote agility. Remain in the stance, as difficult it may be, because crossing your legs will leave you in a vulnerable state. 

3. Practice the Four Punching Types

Actively practicing the four basic punching types can allow you to form various combinations and practice different strategies. During each punch, ensure your inactive hand is guarding your face area. After each throw, return back to the guard position to defend yourself. Here are four punching types: jab, cross, hook and uppercut. It’s important to ask your Beyond Boxing training instructor on how to properly do each punching technique.

4. Defend Yourself From Hits

Defensive tactics are equally as important as the punching techniques. To protect yourself from a hit, focus on the opponent every second, even when you’re guarding the face. The three defensive techniques to use include the bob, slips, and weave.

If you’re looking to start or improve your skills with boxing classes in Vancouver, Beyond Boxing is offering 25% off our four month unlimited membership. Learn all of these essential training techniques to take home with you. Our premium location offers a variety of group and private boxing lessons, sign up today to get started!