Boxing Partner 101
In boxing, your partner is more than just a workout buddy. Much of boxing training is done using punching bags, however true response time and reaction training occurs with a live opponent. Many professional boxers rely heavily on the training they do with a sparring partner to help them mentally and physically focus before a big match.
You will want to know the following things about your boxing partner before committing to training with them:
1) How long s/he has trained for
2) The other sports s/he has participated in, notably; martial arts, kick boxing or wrestling
3) His or her fight record, if s/he has one
Choosing a boxing partner who is at or above your level is very important. When sparring with your partner, you will want to be confident that the s/he is knowledgable enough to know what punches will help you improve. Your boxing partner will help advance your jabs, crosses, hooks and upper cuts, therefore, it is best to find a boxing partner with excellent technique.
You will also need a boxing partner who is a good communicator. If you have a sparring session with your partner, you will both have to agree how hard or light you want to go such that no one gets inappropriately hurt. You and your boxing partner should start a training session with an out of the ring warm up, some boxing bag drills, and a cardio activity such as jump roping. Try to find a partner who is tough, motivated and committed. There is nothing worse than a partner who is always dragging, misses sessions, or arriving late and tired. Boxing with a partner will bring out your competitive side and will allow you to release aggression in a controlled manner. Remember: what you get is equal to what you give, so be as good of a partner as you'd like your boxing partner to be.
Boxing Rope Drills
Boxing rope drills are used to help boxers gain coordination and improve control. To do these drills, you will need a rope the length of a jump rope, a stationary object to tie one end of the rope to and a partner to hold the other end. Tie the rope to a stable object at shoulder height. This should be the height of your shoulder while standing upright; the rope should not touch your shoulder. Once the rope is in place, use it as a guiding line for a series of footwork drills moving forward and backward. Next add in some punching drills, all the while avoiding touching the rope while staying inline with it. After, move on to bob and weave exercises in which you use your legs to bend and switch between different sides of the rope. Do not use your back to go under the rope. Alternate your punches when doing the bob and weave also. When you are done, rest by switching positions with your partner and taking hold of the rope.
Women's boxing has been around for centuries, but did not get official recognition by USA Boxing until 1993. Female boxers train just as hard as male boxers, yet women's boxing is still not a part of the summer olympics. Male and female training is similar, though there are different rules and regulations for women's boxing then for men's bouts. Rules and regulations are put in place to ensure the safety of all boxers. Just like in men's boxing, women's boxing has different weight classes due to the fact that boxers of equal weight and size will have similar muscles mass and hence be fairly matched in power. Men and women have been paired against each other in similar weight classes, but the bouts between a male and female have yet to be considered for official tournaments. To learn more about the history of women's boxing, go to Women Boxing Archive Network.
Boxing For Weight Loss
Boxing is a full body workout that involves aerobic and anerobic exercise. It is an excellent way to lose weight because it not only involves cardio, but it also tones and builds muscles. Boxing is a very weight conscience sport. Professional boxers must maintain a particular weight to be officially submitted for a match in their class division. Whether you want to train to become an amateur boxer or are just interested in the weight loss benefits of boxing, you should attend training sessions with a professional trainer or coach who will guide you safely and effectively.
Boxing will help you focus and give you the opportunity to get some aggression out. To be a good boxer, you need more than strong arms; you must have agilitiy, core strength, a strong upper and lower back, flexibility, and stamina. Boxing drills can be performed in a circuit manner, just like gym circuit training, or they can be practiced repeatedly for perfection. All boxing workouts should start with a short warm up. Try warming up on a treadmill, or bike to get the blood flowing for 5 minutes. Follow this with a full body stretch. Next do some activity that involves strengthen your abdominal muscles, like crunches with a medicine ball. After your crunches, do an exercise that involves some form of cardio endurance like jumping rope. Follow this with alternating punching drills either at a heavy bag or a speed ball. Round up your workout with a weight lifting exercise such as a rotating bicep curl. Cool off by riding a stationary bike at a slow pace.Remember to combine your boxing workout with a proper diet. To lose weight, it is important to examine what you are eating. Have a nutritionist or dietician give you a meal plan that will allow you to lose weight while gaining muscle to support your bones and keep you injury free.