Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Boxing Equipment & Drills Guide for Beginners

Boxing is an extremely beneficial cardiovascular activity that can help to build hand eye coordination, agility and speed. Many individuals choose to practice boxing at specialized gyms, however, boxing can be practiced within your own home. With some basic boxing supplies and a general knowledge of different types of boxing drills you can save yourself some money and learn boxing exercise at home.
To practice boxing exercise at home you will need enough space to move around without the danger of injuring yourself. If you choose to equip your home gym with a heavy bag you will need a 10-by-10 foot area to work around the bag as well as another 10-by-10 foot area to perform other types of drills. At the minimum you will need a 16-by-10 foot space to workout comfortably.
There are three basic items you may choose to purchase or manufacture for use while practicing boxing exercise at home. These are a heavy bag used for practicing punches and building muscular endurance, a double end bag, a smaller bag that is suspended from both ends to help you work on hand speed. You may also choose to equip your home gym with a timing device so that you can keep track of the length of time you are performing drills.
There are some drills you will want to include in your boxing exercise at home. You will want to stretch before you begin any workout to avoid any injuries. Be sure to include stretches for your arms, chest, upper and lower back as well as legs. Use the heavy bag to work on your punches and muscular endurance. Work around the heavy bag and throw punches from different angles to get the most out of your workout. The speed bag should be used to train your hands to become accurate as well as fast.
The duration of your workout can increase over time as you become more in shape. To begin start with 15 minutes of calisthenics such as push-ups, jumping jacks and crunches and stretches. Perform shadow boxing or throwing punches on the air to perfect form for two to three segments of three minutes. Next use the heavy bag for three segments of three minutes. Move onto the speed bag for three segments of three minutes. Finish with 15 minutes of calisthenics and stretching.

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