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How to Be a White Collar Boxer

Robbie Owen of the RBA Academy and co – founder of Heroes for 6 Minutes, breaks down the five things every desk jockey should know before stepping into the ring.

 
By Robert Dalling.
Have you ever daydreamed about punching a coworker? Taking a swing at the guy who takes credit for your work or sends 52 high-priority emails a day?  And while you don’t have the luxury of clobbering a coworker without getting the sack, you can still reap the physical benefits and the mental release in boxing. To turn you from desk jockey to brawler, we’ve speak to Robbie Of Robbie’s Boxing academy in Coventry and co founder of Heroes for 6 Minutes White Collar Boxing to play your cornerman. Here is your first white collar boxing lesson.Pound the Pavement
Before you don the boxing gloves, get in fighting shape. “The key to winning is outlasting your competition,” says Robbie. “When you attain a high level of conditioning, you can walk into the ring with confidence that you’ll be the last man standing.” His advice: Make your cardio mimic the intensity of a boxing match or break it down in to 3 Minute chunks. During a fight, you’ll alternate between circling your opponent and throwing a quick flurry of punches. This causes your heart rate to slow down and then skyrocket. To train for the ever-changing pace, Robbie recommends running two miles at a normal pace, and then sprinting 100 yards. Repeat three more times.

Jumpstart Your Workout 
Skip the rope-a-dope stuff early on, and jump rope instead. Skipping will improve your coordination and footwork, making it easier to outmaneuver and evade your opponent, says Robbie.

 Master the Basics

There’s a genuine pleasure in hitting a heavy bag, but don’t just pummel it haphazardly. Instead, focus on two basic moves: the jab—a quick, stinging pop—and the cross—a power punch that gains it’s momentum from rotating your body.  When paired together, the two punches become an effective—and dangerous—tool called the “one-two combo.” Here’s how it works: The fast jab blocks your opponent’s view of your opposite hand, making it easier for you to throw a forceful cross with it, says Robbie.

 Focus on Your Feet

Throwing a knockout punch begins with your feet. A solid boxing stance allows you to deliver clean, forceful punches, whereas an unsteady one causes your hits to be wild and weak, says Robbie. For right handers, you’ll take an “orthodox” stance, with your left foot in front of your right. This positions your weaker side closer to your opponent, so you can easily throw a power punch with your right hand. For left handers, you’ll stand in a stance called “southpaw,” which situates your right foot in front of your left. Practice traveling, shadow boxing, and bobbing and weaving in your stance.

Safeguard Your Mug
As much as you want to hit your opponent, remember that he wants to hit you, too. “Don’t make it easy for him,” says Robbie. “Never expose yourself to an attack.” When you throw a punch, your other hand should protect your face. As for your lower half, keep your knees slightly bent so you can easily duck if needed. After all, you can’t win if you repeatedly get clocked in the head.

So do you think it have what it takes to be a WHITE COLLAR BOXER? Sign up here at www.heroesfor6.com/sign-up