Never in a millions years would I have guessed I’d love boxing.
But, on a caprice, I decided to go to a class near me, and I kind of fell in love.
Not merely do boxing workouts provide a great style to get out a little extra aggression( perhaps you can pretend that punching bag is your boss’s face ?), it may merely be the most intense exerciseyou can do for your body.
When I finished my first class, my face was redder than it’s ever seen before( seriously, even the instructor commented on it ), butI’m truly not exaggerating when I tell I felt high afterwards( both literally and spiritually ).
Thankfully, a bunch of the workouts at the boxing gym can easily be done in the comfort of your own home.
While plenty of the magic happens on the container in class, plenty of it doesn’t.Here are five boxing workouts you can take straight from the gym to your living room.
1. Jump Rope Sans Rope
Jump rope is a fairly classic boxing warm-up, but believe it or not, you don’t actually need a rope to do it.
It’s an excellent way to getthe heart pumping at the start of a workout sesh, or to keep it pumping between reps of other exercises.
Take a minute to jump in place, moving your limbs in small circular motion as though you are actually holding a jumping rope.
2. Squat Jumps
If you’ve never done these puppies before, prepare yourself these will strengthen the crap out ofyour butt and legs.
Spread your feet about hips-distance. Send your butt back, and bend into a squat, sending your arms forward.
Then jump up the way you would during a burpee , swinging back to assistance propel you. Do three reps of 10, and feel the burn, baby.
3. Switch It Up With A Complex Circuit
For three minutes, rotate between these three workouts: high knees( running in place and bringing your knees up high, holding your arms in front of you parallel ), burpees, and mountain climbers.
I won’t lie, it gets pretty difficult as you go through the circuit, but your body feels when you’re done.
4. Run Your Abs With A Variety Of Sit-Ups
Done in succession, try four different types of sit-ups, doing 25 of those suckersat a time.
I usually do 25 classic sit-ups, then spread my legs and reach my arms forward through my legs, repeating 25 times.
Then, I move on to some bicycle crunches, and then I end the circuit by bringing my knees back together, placing my hands on my thighs, and from my core, guiding my hands up to my knees, again, 25 times.
Try working through these fluctuations as fast as you maybe can, and count your reps out loud to keep yourself going.
5. Shadow Boxing
Ah, the pice de rsistance.
Though the guy in this video is employing pads, trust me, you don’t need them. Practising with the air( or merely imagining person you’re angry at) works just as well to tire out those arms.
The cool thing about these punches, too, is you can combine themin many different ways.
Even spending 15 to 30 seconds practising each punch heats you up, but it’s also rad to call out different combinings out loud, recurring each for a minute at a time.
Pro tip: Always keep your fists up by your face, and bring your limbs back close to your body when you are punch. Maintain your knees soft, and your weight forward on your toes.
And voil, you’re basically Rocky.