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.
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