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Taking the Routine Out of Your Routine

Boxing workouts are rooted in repetition.  By repeating a movement over and over, it becomes more natural, more instinctual and reactions start to become second nature.

Creating the nuero-pathways in your brain, that let your subconscious take over so that you simply react, can be monotonous at times…even downright boring.  So why not throw an entirely different type of boxing-focused workout into your routine once in a while to mix things up? It keeps you on your toes, forces you to think, adapt and will challenge both your mind and body in new ways.

If you agree that it’s time to shake things up a little, here is one way to do that:

How’s It Hanging?

Walk into any gym and you will see a variety of bags, hung in different ways, from varying heights, at a wide range of tension levels and anchor points.  Most are mounted or anchored without much thought about anything more than being sure they are secure.  In actuality the height at which you hang your bag and what you use to hang it with may be playing more of a role in your training than you never realized.

Take the Lead – Putting the Heavy Bag to Work for You

For as long as the modern day sport of boxing has existed, the heavy bag has been at the core of nearly every prizefighter’s workout routine. In the beginning, they were constructed of everything from canvas bags to gunny sacks filled with sand or grain. Although construction methods have advanced, the purpose that the heavy bag serves has remained the same.  It provides a substantial target for a fighter to practice the art of power punching, movement and crafting a full arsenal of punches.  Everything in the book, from the jab to the body shot, can be perfected on the heavy bag.  The key to this integral piece of equipment and getting the most out of it is to be sure that you work it and don’t let it work you. What that means is that you don’t let it become a force that you only react to.  Instead, control its’ movement, dictate the pace of the round, the direction of the bag and every aspect of what you do with it.

Tools of the Trade – Gearing Up for Success

The demands of boxing are very unique and specific, so it stands to reason that the equipment or tools used to perform specifically for the sport were designed with that in mind.  Just like a carpenter who uses the right kind of hammer to build a house, a golfer knows what club he needs to hit a specific drive and a boxer needs to know and use the type of equipment that best suits the needs of his activity.  There are several “tools of the trade” that are vital to a fighters’ success…his hands and his feet are two of the most crucial.