3 Tips To Start Boxing At Home and Track Your Progress
A boxing workout is one of the most effective workouts out there. There are countless boxing resources for learning how to create an at-home boxing workout, but how do you actually learn to box successfully and see real progress?
To answer this, FightCamp Trainer Shanie “Smash” looks at a few common mistakes made by beginners, and gives tips to overcome each of these errors.
Mistake #1: Training Without Proper Form
The first mistake many beginner boxers make when starting a home boxing workout is a failure to learn proper boxing form. With a number of small bones in your hands, failing to learn proper form can lead to serious injury.
Also, if you train with improper form, you will likely not get as much out of the workout. When you strike correctly, your boxing workout will be far more effective and you will be able to progress faster.
Tip #1: Take The Time To Learn The Proper Form
This leads us to our very first tip for seeing success when starting to train boxing at home: first, learn the form.
That means before you begin an at-home boxing working out, you need to take the time to learn boxing movements. Start by shadowboxing slowly to learn all of the correct strikes before moving onto a punching bag.
Below are a few resourceful videos with professional boxing trainers that can teach you the foundations of boxing:
- True boxer stance explained
- How to throw a lead hook properly
- Step by step guide to throwing the jab
- At-home boxing tutorials
Mistake #2: Training Without Proper Gear
The second common mistake seen among beginner boxers is a failure to use the correct gear. When people ask “how can I do boxing training at home?”, most people resort to buying the cheapest equipment they can find.
While not breaking the bank on gear is important, failure to invest in solid equipment can be detrimental to workouts. Cheaper gear has a higher likelihood of falling apart and may lead to an injury if it falls apart at the wrong time.
Tip #2: Invest In Quality Gear
The second tip for seeing results from at-home boxing training is to invest in quality gear. There are two main pieces of equipment beginner boxers should invest in: boxing gloves and a heavy bag. Your boxing gloves need to provide solid wrist support for your strikes. Additionally, investing in a sturdy heavy bag is important. It’s key to ensure that the heavy bag is not too hard, as this can lead to hand damage from striking the surface. You don’t need to pay a lot for quality boxing gear, but be sure that the items you purchase have great reviews and can last a long time.
Mistake #3: Failing To Track Progress
How can you hope to see results if you never track your progress? Without tracking, you’re essentially training in the dark and can’t get a baseline for your workouts.
Whether you are training for conditioning or pure strength, you won’t see the results of your hard work if you do not learn to track your progress.
Tip #3: Track Your Progress
The final tip on this list is to learn how to track your progress effectively. Regardless of the type of progress you track, start a habit of setting daily, weekly, or monthly check-ins.
Wearable devices, such as FightCamp’s Punch Trackers, can give valuable feedback on boxing statistics. These trackers can tell you average punch speed, number of punches, and more. Alternatively, you can wear a heart rate monitor to see improvements over time. Depending on your training goal, you will want to track your progress to be sure your workouts are effective.
Finally, the FightCamp Journal is a free resource that allows you to set meaningful training goals, log your workouts, track nutrition, and more. Regardless of how you track your progress, every beginner boxer should set a baseline for their training so that they can compete against themselves over time.
Once you’ve made the choice to start a boxing workout at home, it’s important to take the time to ensure you don’t make the three (3) mistakes above. Learn all about boxing form before ever hitting a bag, ensure the equipment you invest in is reliable, and track your progress in some manner to create healthy competition with yourself.
You’ll be on your way to boxing like a champion and seeing progress in no time.
The Author: Shanie "Smash" Rusth is an undefeated professional mixed martial artist, FightCamp Trainer, and mother of two. She began training MMA in 2011 as a way to get in shape, learn a new skill, channel aggression, and feel empowered after becoming a young single mom. Outside of practicing martial arts and being a trainer, Shanie loves spending time in the gym and being active in the sunshine with her kids by going to the beach, running in the soft sand, and riding skateboards.