Gigi Hadid and Muhammad Ali – the two couldn’t possibly be further apart, right?
Well, you can be sure they have at least one thing in common – their go-to workout, boxing.
If you’ve ever flirted with the idea of throwing a few punches yourself, here are some things to take note of before you step into your first class.
What should I bring to class?
You can rent gloves for free at most studios, but you will have to purchase your own hand wraps (prices range from $4.90 to around $10 per rental). This is extremely important because your hands need maximum protection. Wraps protect your knuckles from the direct impact of the blows you’re raining on that bag and prevent them from smashing together or separating.
As for your workout attire, comfortable activewear that doesn’t require constant adjustments will do, along with a good pair of shoes that will allow you to pivot and shuffle easily.
Of course, don’t forget your water bottle! Hydration is important, especially after a tough workout like boxing.
While your instructor will probably walk you through some basic steps (especially if it’s your first time), it’s good to prepare yourself by getting familiar with boxing terminology. As with any other workout, proper form is key. Always start with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead. Your dominant leg should be behind by about a foot, and your knuckles by your cheekbones. Keep those fists loose and your elbows tucked in close to your ribs. Now you’ve got your “guard up” and you’re ready to go!
You’re going to hear these four words a lot during your class: jab, hook, cross, and uppercut. Here’s what they mean:
Start in “guard up” position. Extend your front hand (for the right-handed, that would mean your left hand) in a straight line, then bring it back quickly to your cheek after making contact with the punching bag. Make sure your thumb is facing the floor!
Start in “guard up” position. Keep your elbows in line with your shoulder. Your arm should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Twist your front foot as you punch with your front hook, and your back food for your back hook.
Start in “guard up” position. This time, pivot that back foot. Extend your backhand straight to throw a punch, before quickly returning back to the starting stance to protect yourself.
Start in the “guard up” position. Shift your weight onto the front leg and punch upwards, pivoting your legs and hips for more power if necessary. Twist your hips to the right on your front uppercut, and to the left on your back uppercut.
What other workouts can I try to complement my boxing training?
If you’re hooked on boxing, you might want to try other classes which can help you progress faster. Barre, for instance, will improve your coordination – sure comes in handy when you’re trying to remember those combinations the instructor is yelling.
If you’ve ever watched Rocky, you’ll know that jumping rope is another effective exercise you can do to build endurance.
Mindfulness is key in boxing, especially when you have a sparring partner who can hit back. Yoga can help you practice that – and all those arm balances and planks will have a part to play in strengthening your core.
If you’re raring to get in the ring, take the first step and book a boxing class offered by one of our partners. It’s guaranteed to pack a punch!
Check out all the boxing classes available to book on GuavaPass here!