Date Posted:25 June 2019
Why do people go into boxing? Why are you?
Like any contact sport, boxing teaches different types of discipline. But how beneficial is boxing and why should you get into it?
People like boxing because of its positive effects to health and it is great for self-defense. Inspiring stories in fictional movies also made it an even more popular sport throughout the years.
If you need more convincing, here is everything you need to know about boxing.
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Down to its core benefit, boxing positively affects our physical, mental and spiritual health. No doubt, it is a highly recommended fun and challenging workout for both men and women. Here is a complete list of benefits to boxing:
If there are reasons why you should start boxing, there are also reasons when boxing is not an advisable activity or sport to engage in. So let’s get these out of the way before you read on further.
According to the WBF (World Boxing Federation) medical guidelines, individuals should not engage in any boxing if they have:
Read more about the WBF medical guidelines for other conditions. If you’re fit and able to engage in the sport of boxing, one thing you also have to consider is the cost.
Every sport incur costs – equipment, gears, even uniforms if you’re planning to compete in pro-boxing.
If you are curious about how much you should expect to pay for a boxing gym subscription, private classes and training gears, clothes etc., we’ve detailed everything you’ll ever need to start your career in professional boxing.
Cost of Boxing Gears
Cost of Boxing Classes
Factors affecting cost of boxing classes:
Group Class Pricing
Per casual visit ($15 - $35)
Weekly boxing subscription ($25 - $45)
Monthly boxing subscription / 10 visits ($120 - $250)
Private coaching for specialized training may cost around $85 - $130 per session (for 60 minutes).
According to CareerTrend.com, a professional boxer does not earn a regular wage. Instead they are paid per fight. At the low end, especially for average boxers, average earning is around $200 per fight. Professional boxers earns between $60,000 to $375,000 for a title fight. While elite boxers can earn around $3 million up to a hundred of million or more, such as the case with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Learning the techniques on how to both land and avoid punches is always part of becoming a boxer. Boxing techniques help you get a sense of how to improve your skills and increase your chance in the ring.
What is the perfect boxing stance? There is none. Many boxing stances can work well in different ways. The idea is to select a stance that is perfect for your style, skills and abilities. It should help you maximize your strengths in the ring and give you the opportunity to attack and defend. A good boxing stance has the following attributes:
There are two types of boxing stance both for right-handed (Orthodox) and left-handed boxers (Southpaw).
Orthodox boxing stance is for those who are naturally right-handed, where the boxer positions his weaker side, the left hand and left leg, in front and close to the opponent.
On the other hand, Southpaw stance is for the left-handed boxers and leads with the right hand and right leg in front.
The preference in stance is determined by keeping the stronger hand in the back ready to deliver a powerful punch.
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Mechanics of a good boxing stance:
Footwork is an important aspect of boxing that is most often overlooked. Contrary to what most believe, footwork in boxing isn’t only about getting around the ring to avoid the punches. In fact, footwork is more about having the right stance and position to throw accurate and powerful punches toward your opponent.
Common footwork patterns:
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If you want to improve your footwork, you need to regularly do these exercises:
There are four basic punches that any aspiring boxer should learn: the jab, the hook, the cross, and the uppercut. Other punches, which are less common but are worth knowing, are the bolo punch, overhand right and check hook.
Let us cover the four basic punches first:
The jab is the first punch taught in boxing classes. Although the weakest form of punch, the jab is considered to be the most important type of punch because it can punch, push, distract or create an opening to set up your other punches. Jabs are also faster, give you the most reach to land a punch, and can counter any type of punch thrown by your opponent.
The cross is another straight punch but is thrown using the rear hand (the strongest dominant hand) originating from the chin and targeting the opponent’s face. It can be used to counter a jab or a cross, and to set up a hook. The cross is also referred to as the “straight”.
The hook is the single most powerful and destructive punch in boxing, according to aficionados. It is a semi-circular punch that some of the greatest knockouts in history including “Iron” Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr have used to win in their boxing matches.
There are 5 types of hooks in boxing:
The uppercut is the vertical punch rising from the outside of the body in an upward motion and traveling center to the opponent’s chin.
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Less common punches:
Boxing Head Movement
One thing you need to avoid in order to win at boxing is getting your face or head hit with powerful punches from your opponent. And you can do that by mastering some head movements.
The idea with moving your head is to give your opponent a moving target instead of a fixed one. There are different ways to simulate a head movement using the parts of your body:
In any combat sports, you have to learn two things: offence and defence. We’ve already covered boxing punches as your form of offence. Now, let us cover how you can defend yourself during a boxing fight.
Defensive boxing techniques help you avoid damage or physical injury in a variety of situations. Your defensive position and technique should be solid enough to land a counter punch toward your opponent.
Boxing workouts should focus primarily in increasing your endurance, speed and strength. Here are a couple of workouts a boxer needs to do to be in fighting shape.
Joining a boxing gym or club paves a much easier and faster path to becoming a boxer. However, choosing a gym will depend on your goal.
If you want to train to become a professional boxer and be able to compete in the future, then hardcore fight clubs are the best for you. They will teach you how to fight. These hardcore boxing gyms are easy to spot: the atmosphere will be intimidating and you’ll find tons of pro-fighters crowding in an open space drenched in sweat.
If your goal is to lose weight or basically get in shape, then a fitness center is the right choice. Coaches or trainers do not focus on boxing techniques but rather on making you burn calories, so don’t expect to actually spar with anyone in this type of gym.
Yes, you can experience both worlds. If you’re uncertain of whether you just want to stay in shape or move toward becoming a boxing pro, then a hybrid club is the perfect place for your needs.
Picking out the right boxing gym can be tough especially when you don’t know what you are looking for. So we made a list of things you probably want to look at before deciding on one.
It is important that you choose a gym that fits your budget especially if you want a career in boxing. It could take years of training, which means regular payments to your gym.
Make sure that the boxing gym is located near where you live or work. You would have to include it in your daily or weekly schedule which means it needs to become part of your lifestyle.
Choose a gym that also teaches other forms of martial arts discipline such as Muay Thai, Karate, BJJ, Krav Maga etc. It will help you develop your fighting skills more and improve your body.
Finding a boxing gym near you that is good for beginners, intermediate or advanced boxers will help you improve faster in both fitness and techniques.
The quality of training will depend on what you are looking for as mentioned above. If you are a serious aspiring boxer then make sure to choose a gym that focuses more on boxing techniques than fitness.
What do you think? Are you ready for your journey to becoming a student of boxing?