Boxing in the Lockdown

Boxing in the lockdown

First of all I hope this finds you and your family in the best of health and I hope everyone is staying happy and safe in the lockdown. Secondly I would like to thank everyone who is supporting Fayz Fitness through these difficult times, it really is appreciated and means a lot. Don’t forget I am holding 5-6 classes per week in my Facebook Group through a live stream and the 121 sessions have been moved to WhatsApp video call. If you are interested in any one of these then please send me a message.

So recently I uploaded a video on to my @fayz_boxing Instagram account and on to my Facebook about continuing to train in the lockdown. What is the difference between you and a competitive boxer? If you have been training boxing for 6 months plus, very certainly a year or more then it is very likely you know the same number of punches that a professional boxer does – how many punches are there to learn, 6? 8?

So what does this mean? The real difference to becoming a master of something is repetition, I think it may have been Bruce Lee who said ‘Repetition is the mother of all learning.’ I am pretty sure it was Bruce Lee who also said ‘I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.’ Take advantage of the lockdown by refining your skills, in the online sessions some of the drills involve repeating the same combination for 2-3 minutes. Now lets take three minutes for example, that is 180 seconds. How many repetitions can you perform of the same combination in 180 seconds? For arguments sake let’s say 50? Now imagine doing the same combination 50 times a day 7 days a week, that is 350 repetitions, if you do something 350 times, do you not think you will be much better at that particular move? This is the difference with advanced fighters, they have done the same moves repeatedly over and over again to the point it has become instinct and second nature, they can pull out the move at the right time without even thinking about it because they have drilled it in so many times over a long period of time. So don’t think that because we are in a lockdown you shouldn’t continue with your training, this is the time not only to carry on training and improving your boxing, but a time you can now put effort in to anything you have wanted to do. For example I have been releasing a video a day on to my social media channels and it is getting to a point I am actually enjoying the process now, I’ll be releasing some factual boxing videos soon as I have done in the past but I am finding the more I do it the better I become doing it and the more comfortable I am becoming. What is there that you have put off and now you have the opportunity to give it another shot? Don’t waste the situation we have been put in.

Now I realise there are many of us who do not have a punch bag at home or we do not have anyone to partner up with him, I have a freestanding punch bag at home and I have two sons at home who box but thus far they prefer to eat the rest of my bakewell tart than do some boxing with me. So all of my boxing training has been shadow boxing going through specific moves when leading the online classes and I think I actually prefer the shadow boxing. Pro boxers for example will do many rounds of shadow boxing per day, I am not talking 1 or 3, but I have seen pro boxers who were shadow boxing for 30 minutes a time, that’s around 6-7 rounds and I have heard there are boxers who will do more than that so working on your moves shadow boxing is something which will greatly enhance your ability, you fight how you shadow box after all. So even without a partner or equipment, you can perform drills alone shadow boxing and still improve on your skills and stay fit and active – it is actually a great workout, I’ve certainly been sweating away in the online sessions! If you want an example of a boxing fitness workout then there is a free ebook on my blog which you can download from the following link – https://fayzfitness.co.uk/blog

Stay safe guys and stay fighting fit.

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Boxing Coach Strength and Conditioning Coach Boxing Author of: The Boxing Cheat Sheet - Your Ultimate Guide to Ring Survival Strength and Conditioning for Boxing - Work out Hits to get you Fighting Fit! Forgotten Legends of the Ring - Ten Past Masters of the Squared Circle *Any videos or images used on this site to support my articles that are copyrighted are used in accordance to the fair use act and are not my own - all credit is due to the respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

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