The Best Home Workouts for Boxers
As of the time this article was written, the entire world was currently under lock and key (no leaving your house!). But just because you are trapped at home does not mean you can’t do some awesome boxing-related workouts in your bedroom or living room. You can still toughen your core, keep your feet moving, your blood pumping, and your fighting spirit alive!
Boxing is tough. This is a sport of endurance, raw power, and pure determination. The workouts are brutal. I can tell you this for a fact, as I have a clear memory of my first boxing workout, one hand against the wall as I struggled not to vomit from the intense movement my body was not used to. It was like a horrible roller coaster for my poor muscles and it made me sick. That said, you do get used to it after a week or two.
At home, there are some tough workouts you can do to prepare you for boxing. If you are already practicing boxing, these workouts will help you stay in shape at home when it is impossible to hit the gym. Plus, you don’t need any equipment! Alright, here we go.
Jump Rope – With No Rope!
If you have never been to a boxing gym, it’s okay. You have still probably seen boxing gyms in the movies. I'm thinking Raging Bull or Rocky. And what are people always doing in the backgrounds during the scenes inside the gyms? Yeah, they’re skipping rope.
This is because jump rope is one of the absolute best ways to get your arms moving, to get your blood flowing, and to get your body loose so that you can float like a butterfly and sting like a person who has never boxed before.
At home, even if you don’t have jump rope or the space to use jump rope, you can emulate the exercise. You really don’t need the rope to do it.
If you are feeling a little narcissistic, grab a spot in front of the mirror, jump in place, move your wrists and arms in small, tight circular motions as if you had the jump rope in your hands, and visualize. This is an excellent workout to do at home that requires literally nothing but your own perseverance.
The Mountain Climber
This is such a good workout for almost infinite reasons. Whether you are a boxer, you want to be a boxer, you want to be a mountain climber, or you wan to be a sheep farmer, this workout exercises almost your entire body. It gets your heart rate going, your blood flowing, and is excellent for your core.
Best of all, the mountain climber is super easy to do. Start in a plank position with your hands and toes on the floor, then slowly bring your need to your chest as if you were about to start sprinting. Alternate to the other knee, then back again. Speed up, do it again, and repeat the process until you are at the point where you are literally running against the floor. You will feel a tightness in your abs, a burn in your legs, and the beautiful heat in your chest of a good workout.
Everybody knows what shadowboxing is. It doesn't matter if you have no boxing experience, I guarantee you have stared at yourself in the mirror and shadow boxed at least once in your adult life, maybe twice.
It just so happens that shadow boxing is a thing for a darn good reason. You know how you see fighters entering the ring, shadowboxing with their robes on? Well, this is because it pumps you up, heats up your blood, and keeps you loose.
When shadow boxing at home, you can move your feet, thereby practicing your footwork, and pull as many combinations as possible into your routine. Even just doing this for a couple minutes a day will feel good and keep you in the zone.
Crunch Those Abs
It should come as no surprise that having a strong core is critical when being a boxer. Imagine having no stomach muscles and someone punching you repeatedly in the gut. It doesn't sound very nice, does it?
At home, ab exercises are extremely easy to do. And there are a lot of them. Try doing some classic sit-ups mixed with bicycle crunches and other variations to strengthen your core. You can do this on the floor in your bedroom, or literally any other place with enough room for your body.
Do you know what else a boxer needs other than a strong core? That's right, strong legs. The best leg and butt workout you can do at home has to be squat jumps. They may look a little silly, and you may not think they do anything, but squat jumps will have you sweating after about two of them.
What you want to do is drop down into a squat position with your arms outstretched and your feet spread at the distance of your hips. Then leap upwards. It is that simple. Jump straight up and when you land back on your feet, immediately lower back into the squatting position before jumping again. This is like a burpee on steroids. It will not take long for your legs and buttocks to start burning. In a good way.
There are even more boxing-related workouts that you can do at home without heavy equipment or a fancy pants gym membership. In fact, I know a lot of people who are in great shape and only workout from home using simple yet effective techniques like the ones I have just described.
The fact that you are stuck at home, cannot afford a gym membership, or simply don't have any workout equipment is not a good enough excuse. If you have room to jump and to lay down and do some crunches, then you can do these awesome boxing exercises.