10 Arm Endurance Exercises for Boxing

How do you prevent your arms from getting tired?

I’m often asked, “How do I improve my arm endurance? My shoulders get tired of throwing punches and holding up my gloves. I feel like I have natural endurance but not in my arms.”

Indeed, having tired arms can make it impossible to win a boxing match. You’ll see many countering opportunities but your arms will be too slow to get there and too slow to do any damage even if it did.

 

But what can you do?

  • The answer is easy: change your technique, do some exercises, and change your fighting strategy.

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Winning Your First Pro Fight

Crucial tips for getting your first win.

After spending last Saturday supporting some friends at their pro fight, I’ve come to the realization of some important details when it comes to winning your very first professional boxing match. I saw several debuts and took notice of the way they prepared themselves, carried themselves, acted in the ring before the fight, and of course…their techniques and strategy during the fight. I could see very easily what worked and what didn’t work.

It goes without saying that preparation is key. Your natural ability, skill, and training have a large part to do with winning. But there are also other factors that you may not have considered that can make a huge impact on your success. [Click to read more…]

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Traits of the Best Teachers

What separates the great teachers from the average?

  • Is it their technique?
  • Their training methods?
  • Their fighting accomplishments?
  • An ability to understand students?

I’ve noticed that in many gyms, the average student is well…average. Everyone is learning the right technique and doing the right training and yet the number of champions created are few and far between. And then there are the other gyms that seem more like talent factories, producing champions year after year after year.

It’s been several years now that I’ve been not only a student in my craft, but also a teacher. Fortunately, I’ve always been surrounded by amazing boxing trainers, but it’s just now that I’m really starting to notice the subtle differences in the philosophies of a great teacher from those of an average teacher.

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Muhammad Ali Boxing Footwork Technique

Muhammad Ali was one of boxing’s greatest footwork skill-sets ever on display.

“Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” was the mantra of boxing’s self-proclaimed “The Greatest”. And float he did. The legendary Ali bounced, shuffled, jumped, dashed, slid, pivoted, cut, and ran his way into the boxing hall-of-fame with his graceful footwork. Very few could move as effortlessly and poetically as he did.

But Ali’s footwork was more than just aesthetic flash, there was also substance. Beyond the flowing grace and elegance of his movements, with the incredible balance, power, speed, and stability. Imagine the power of a battleship combined with the precision of a figure-skater. It was indeed repeated again and again that his footwork was the best in history.

What does it take to develop Ali’s amazing footwork?

How were his footwork techniques different from everyone else? And more importantly, how does changing the way you look at footwork change your fighting technique overall? [Click to read more…]

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Deadly Bait Punch Combinations

Bait combos are my way of setting up nasty counters.

It’s very simple: I throw a few punches, wait for the expected counter, and then I come back with my own counter. These have been tried and tested against all kinds of opponents. They work against all kinds of opponents – fast, slow, tall, short, skilled, unskilled. The more aggressive the opponent, the better. :)

Best of all you will learn not only how to set up opponents, but you will also develop your own awareness for opponent reactions. And with these newly refined reflexes, you can do SO much more.

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Controlling Range and Rhythm

Establishing your range is crucial in boxing.

Finding the range is often talked about in the art of boxing. You hear people comment all the time on how someone “has great range” or “knows how to get in and out of range” or “controls the fight”.

But what does controlling the range or finding the range really mean? Some people see it as using the jab and having great footwork. But I think it’s more than that. Controlling the range also has to do with controlling the pace. It’s more than having great endurance and great footwork. It’s about finding an interval that fits best with your fighting rhythm.

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Constant Movement in Fighting

Keep moving! Stay busy! Let your punches go! Move your head!

Why should you keep moving? Some people think constant movement is a waste of energy or makes you predictable…but I completely disagree.

Constant movement is what gives you great rhythm, great endurance, great speed, and even be a trickier fighter. In an intense sport like boxing, constant movement is an important skill that you must acquire in order to be a great fighter.

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5 Common Punching Mistakes

5 deadly punching mistakes that can get you knocked out.

As a beginner, it can be difficult to remember the 50-point checklist of possible mistakes every second of the fight. Technique, strategy, breathing….OH, AND DON’T FORGET TO RELAX! All that is impossible to do when you’re worried about getting beat up.

For now, I’ll focus on some of the more critical ones that can leave you the most vulnerable. As long as you’re careful not to commit these in the ring, you’ll probably be alright (assuming you’re fighting someone of comparable ability).

Learn how to fix these mistakes (in yourself) or take advantage of them (in others): [Click to read more…]

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Boxing Tips for Slipping

Slipping a punch can be the riskiest proposition in the world, even if you already know how to slip. Sure, you only to move your head a few inches but when you’re not absolutely sure of your opponent’s timing, angle, and intention, there are too many variables to guarantee your safety.

Nonetheless, it’s totally possible to slip…without getting caught…and (most interestingly) without being afraid of getting caught. [Click to read more…]

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How to be a Pressure Fighter

NO—this is NOT a guide about coming forward and throwing lots of punches.

Pressure fighting does not mean recklessly walking into your opponent’s punching range. It also does not mean tons of head movement. It also does not mean of machismo and mental determination. (Although I will admit, those things do help.)

For me, the “pressure” is more about psychological rather than physical. It’s not just about landing punches. It’s about making your opponent uncomfortable. Discomfort is what leads to rapid fatigue, strategic mistakes, and mental shutdown.

Learn how to pressure your opponents WITHOUT throwing punches!

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