Learning boxing at home? Beginner boxer – training alone and need feedback?
Questions, doubts or just feeling plain frustrated with your training?
We had a great question in from Jacek this week – we have put it into a post as it is a very interesting subject – Lasting the rounds..
Thanks for all good videos and advice 🙂 Jacek S.
Good to hear from you again – thank you for your comments – your questions are not stupid at all.
Secondly, is managing your tempo (speed) and knowing your fitness limits, it’s not possible to go hard at it for 2 or 3 minutes non-stop. You need to pick your shots – not every punch needs to be a knock-out punch, only the punches on target :-). So vary your punches, tapping, and medium strength to set up the power shots – this can conserve a lot of energy.
Next is footwork, the more you train your legs, with running, squats and footwork drills, the better placed you’ll be to breeze through the rounds. Lots of people concentrate on the upper body, punches etc, but leg training is so important, it’s your foundation, so make sure it’s strong. If you can use good footwork when your tired and make your opponent expend energy by missing you with his punches, you can be recharging your batteries whilst they are draining theirs.
A good example of fitness over relaxing in the ring is the Bruno vs Witherspoon fight – it’s an old fight from 1986 and it’s not particularly pretty to watch, but is a good example – Bruno was in the shape of his life, he could run faster, run longer and hit harder than an out of shape Witherspoon – but Witherspoon has a good fighters brain, he knew to relax …Bruno put everything he had into his attacks and loaded up all his punches. Witherspoon on the other hand, smothered Bruno’s work, tied him up whenever he could (Bruno fell into the trap of pushing him away which saps so much energy), Witherspoon picked his shots, he threw a lot of body shots in the earlier rounds which are perfect to slow your opponent down, he stayed relaxed to conserve his energy and finally knocked out an exhausted Bruno in round 11. Ultimately you want to be as fit as you can be, the fitter you are, the more punishment you can endure, Witherspoon should of been fitter, but he had the key and experience of knowing how to conserve his energy on his side.
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