4 Things you need to know before you box
Boxing can be an exciting part of a workout routine. You can join classes and meet new people. You are able to use all of your body to get fast and optimized results. It’s also a great way to let out stress and aggression. Since you have to use drills such as punches and striking it’s a healthy way to get all of that anger that you have built inside. However, there are a few things you should know before boxing. You need to be able to know what kinds of gyms work better for you and what type of gear you will need.
1.) What type of gym should you join? There are many options here for this one. Depending on what your fitness goal is you should join a gym that fits those needs. For instance, If you are trying to lose weight and just want to practice conditioning rather than technique a fitness center would work great for you. But if you’re looking at improving power output or speed a professional boxing gym would be your best fit. Once again the choice in gym’s can vary from person-to-person and how advance they are on boxing techniques. So always do some research beforehand so when joining any place make sure about their equipment availability, price range, and cleanliness.
2.) What type of gear will you need? In order to start boxing, you will need a few equipment gears. If you are going into a professional boxing gym its best that you buy your own boxing gloves, hand wraps, and a mouthguard. These items come with training benefits but more importantly help prevent injuries during sparring sessions which could lead up to injury later down the road. However, if you are considering joining a regular fitness gym you will most likely not need any gear at all. In fitness gyms, you practice condition and strength to help you lose weight and you will never get the chance to spar or get in the ring with someone.
Boxing gloves: This type of equipment will only be needed if you plan to hit a heavy punching bag. Gloves are designed to protect your hands while striking. They provide extra padding against impacts like kicks, elbows etc., thus reducing pain after hitting something hard. The same goes for wrist guards since this helps reduce damage caused by hits made onto wrists due to being too close to each other.
Hand wraps: A strip of cloth used by boxers to protect hand a wrist from injuries.
Mouth Guard: If you want to keep that beautiful smile we recommend that you get one of these. They provide cushion and reduce the risk of broken teeth. They also help minimize injuries in your lips, tongue, and jaw.
3.) Boxing styles: There are many different types of styles when it comes to boxing. Most phrases common phrases include,
Swarmer: attempts to overwhelm the opponent with constant pressure. In order to get inside, you will need to have good head movement.
Out-boxer: The complete opposite of a swarmer, they look to maintain a gap from the opponent and fight with faster, longer-range punches and strikes. Know for being quick on their feet, which usually results in lack of power.
Slugger: Throws fewer hits but the ones that they do throw are very powerful, and they rely on less combination. Many sluggers tend to lack delicacy in the ring, but make up for it in complete power, often able to knock almost any opponent out with a single punch. This is the embodiment of the sport.
Boxer-Puncher: They have great hand speed, combination, and/or counter-punching and defensive skills and accuracy all with slugger-type power.
4.) Within these styles, there tend to be three types of categories, outside fighter, brawler, and Inside fighter.
Outside fighter: These tend to be tall and long-limbed, with good footwork and an understanding of range can allow a shorter fighter to fight from the outside. Some examples of outside fighter include Muhammad Ali, Amir Kahn, the Charlo brothers, and Thomas Hearns.
Brawler: These types of fighters are less technical, but they have a lot more powerful. It’s also more entertaining to watch. George Forman would be placed in this category.
Inside fighter: These fighters are very aggressive they try to get as close as possible. Infighting neutralizes reach, so fighters with a reach disadvantage might try to get inside. Some examples would be, Maidana, Salido, Ward, and Golovkin.
Knowing these four things before you join a boxing gym or a class is important because sometimes people who don’t know about this type of vocabulary can get comfortable knowing the basics. Even though learning a style takes time, once mastered, developing a basic skill set allows us access to higher levels within our reach. By doing so, even beginners learn quicker without having to spend hours memorizing combinations or styles every day and can focus more on enjoying the sport.