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Boxing TrainingBoxing training guides, boxing workouts and boxing exercises to improve your fighting ability. The proper boxing training will condition you for fighting while developing your skills. Learn how to train your fighting muscles and improve your overall athleticism. Last but not least, learn how to condition your mind for battle.

Boxing Training

Boxing Focus Mitt Training

Training on the focus mitts is one the best ways to develop your fighting reflexes, punching technique, defense technique, and fighting strategy. Hitting the focus mitts is not only a great workout but also intellectually stimulating, and FUN! Mittwork is also the most realistic fight training simulation next to sparring.

The focus mitts are an incredibly versatile tool for boxing training and yet many boxers are only doing one thing on the mitts—which is hitting as hard and fast as possible. Focus mitt training is not only about speed and power. There’s also rhythm, timing, accuracy, strategy, style, etc, etc. There are so many different ways you could be developing yourself on the mitts. And by only thinking about power on the mitts, you cheat yourself out of developing the more refined slick “sweet boxing” skills.

Let’s go over some important concepts and methods about boxing mittwork training. [Click to read more…]

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how-long-fighters-train

How many hours a day should a fighter spend in the gym?

Are you training enough?
Are you training too little?
How long do other fighters train for?
How long is YOUR OPPONENT training for?

Knowing the right length of fight training can make the difference between over-trained for your fight vs being in perfect shape. [Click to read more…]

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fear-of-getting-punched

Q: Johnny, Why am I afraid of punches and what can I do?

The fear of getting hit cripples even the best of us. I’ve seen dozens of amazing athletes…all talented, intelligent, fast, powerful…all reduced to easily fatigued punching bags in the ring because of this fear.

And it’s ESPECIALLY a common problem among beginners learning how to box. I mean…how do you expect someone to fight well if he’s afraid of getting hit? It’s almost damn near impossible.

Fortunately, there IS a solution and ANYBODY can overcome this fear…. [Click to read more…]

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old school boxing training

I met Frank Dunlap 6 months ago when he first wrote to me after reading through my website, ExpertBoxing. He was a fan of the website and a former boxer himself, a multiple-time Golden Glove regional and state boxing champion in the welterweight division back in the 50’s.

He was also a very successful boxing coach, leading his amateur boxing team to winning every regional boxing tournament for 3 years during the 70’s, amassing an impressive win percentage of 70.6% in nearly 1,000 fights!

I figured this was a man with a wealth of information (in everything, not only boxing) and boy was I right. I spoke with him on the phone for several hours and learned all about his inspiring life. He had served in the military during the Korean War. He was a schoolteacher, a principal, a Frito-Lay delivery man, a business-owner and a school bus driver, and also a Golden Glove boxing coach. And at one time, became the local medicine man for a small village in Alaska.

He shared his boxing stories about competing in the Golden Gloves and also having trained great fighters. He once trained the Norris brothers when they were about 10 years old— (Terry Norris and Orlin Norris, boxing champions in the 90’s). He talked about meeting his childhood idol, the legendary Rocky Marciano. There were bits and pieces of practical old school boxing knowledge in every memory and of course…an amazing life story.

It is with great honor and admiration that I share Frank’s personal life story. [Click to read more…]

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Mindset of a Champion

What goes on inside a champion’s head?

What do they worry about? What do they focus on? How do they approach boxing and fighting differently from other fighters?

The most shocking and inspirational revelation of all was when I realized all pro boxers saw themselves as champions. They had all won local amateur tournaments or achieved success in other areas of life. Even the ones without sporting accomplishments saw themselves as champions in life. And all of them trained like they were going to become champions.

After spending several years with these guys everyday in the gym, it was easy for me to pick out all the things that made them different from the average boxer.

I initially wrote this guide to describe pro boxers but it wasn’t long before I realized I was describing the mindset of every champion.

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shadow boxing

What is shadow boxing?
Why do pro boxers shadowbox so much?
More importantly, how could YOU be shadow boxing differently to improve your fighting abilities?

Shadow boxing is not just punching by yourself.

Shadow boxing is one of the oldest, most pure, and versatile exercises for improving many aspects of your fighting ability.

Learn how to shadowbox to become a natural fighter.

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Killer Heavy Bag Workout

Here’s a great boxing heavy bag workout from Jason Van Veldhuysen over at Precision Striking. He’s also got a popular Youtube channel.

This 10-round heavy bag workout will improve your power, speed, endurance, and overall boxing skills! [Click to read more…]

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Beginner Sparring Survival Guide

A quick survival guide to help you make it through your first sparring sessions in the ring.

This is for beginners boxers, first-timers, and anybody who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Sparring is not about getting beating each other up or fighting for real. It’s about learning how to fight by practice fighting. It’s not a real fight and the goal is not to win. Learn how to survive the rounds so you can have fun and actually learn how to box!

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Sit Ups for Boxing

Core strength is easily the most important factor in power generation and functional movement. No matter what you do, whether it’s throwing a punch or taking a punch, standing still or moving around, you will need tremendous amounts of core strength to do it.

Your core can allow you to move (twist/footwork), or prevent you from moving (balance). Your core is responsible for holding your body steady and combining the strength of other muscles in your body. Your core muscles can rotate your body for rotational power and has more to do with your punching power than any other muscle.

And since you’re going to be doing thousands if not millions of sit-ups throughout your fighting career, you might as well learn how to do a sit-up correctly. [Click to read more…]

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Proper Push Up Technique

Whether you’re training for a fight, for weight loss, or any kind of physical activity, push-ups will be a one of your regular workouts. It’s a great exercise to build strength and power for the upper body and doesn’t require any special equipment other than the ground and gravity.

For fighters, push-ups are especially beneficial for developing the chest, shoulders, core, and triceps. You can even develop a bodybuilder’s physique with push-ups if you do enough of them.

But for now, let’s go over what I call the perfect push-up form and technique: [Click to read more…]

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