Boxing training is definitely the most demanding training in sports. If you want to succeed in boxing, or at least get your body in boxing shape, you have to dedicate most of your time to training. That includes running, especially early in the morning, then weight and skills training. You can see that, without the gym, you cannot be a successful boxer. That is a thought most people believe in. But does it have to be true? It definitely does not. It is true that gym is necessary if you are a boxer, but when you can’t go to the gym for some reason, you can train outside or at home (in garage, for example).
In fact, most of your boxing training you can spend outside running, although many modern boxers use treadmills. Also, there are many other workouts you can do outside the gym. So, here are some exercises you can utilize when you cannot make it to the gym and hit the dumbbells and bench-press.
- Jump rope.
Definitely one of the oldest exercises not just in boxing, but in sports generally. This classic boxing exercise helps a boxer in many ways. It builds a strong, lean body, boosts agility and most importantly, boosts endurance, which is crucial in boxing. Good thing about this exercise is that it can be done anywhere, you don’t have to go to the gym or any other training-place in order to do it properly. The thing with aerobic exercises in boxing (which is primarily anaerobic sport) is that you have to do every workout at highest pace possible. That is the only way you’ll get results. Here are some ways to get jump rope variety: high jumps and high knees, single jumps, figure eights and double jumps.
- Push-ups, pull ups and sit ups
The previous exercise was conditioning type, now let’s get to the strength. It is no surprise that push-ups are on this list. You can call it old-school or however you want, but push-ups are very good exercise if you want to build strong arms. Depending on the variation you do, push-ups usually hit large muscle groups including shoulders, chest and core muscles. Pull ups, on the other hand, is also an old-school exercise that primarily hits back muscles and arms. It also does not require any specific equipment, so you can do it at home. And there are sit ups, another classic exercise. It is no secret that boxers need a strong and well developed body core to give them the strength to deliver punches, and sit ups are great exercise to build up core muscles.
- Shadow boxing
We have already covered conditioning and strength, so the next aspect of boxing training is skills training. Not having a gym at your disposal might seem as a little problem here, because you probably don’t have all those types of bags at home. The only thing you can do in that case is shadow boxing. It is a great way to practice your footwork and body movements. It might seem as easy, but you’ll get tired sooner than you think.