oakley sunglasses 3 Powerful Boxing Workouts

3 Powerful Boxing Workouts

Don’t just pummel the bag. “A great boxer has to have focus, coordina oakley sunglasses tion, power, speed, and endurance,” says Michael Olajide Jr., a former championship middleweight boxer. To help you hone your skills, we’ve tapped the country’s top fighters to act as your cornermen. Hit these workouts to improve your staying power.

The Workouts

Whether you’re facing Wanderlei Silva in a cage match or a 75 pound bag in your basement, the same rules apply: “Once you’re warmed up, you should be throwing each punch at full blast,” says Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champ. He uses this demanding six round routine to build mental and physical tenacity.

Grow your intensity: Clock each round at 3 minutes, resting 1 minute between rounds. With each round, you’ll add one punch to your sequence.

Punches per round:

1. Warmup. Strike the bag at 50 percent with a variety of punches

2. Up your power to full strength and launch jabs

3. Jab, throw a cross, and repeat

4. Jab, cross, hook, repeat

5. Jab, cross, hook, uppercut, repeat

6. Jab, cross, hook, uppercut, body punch, repeat

2. LAPD Precision Punch

Your coach: Tim Collins, trainer, Los Angeles Police Dept. Arrest and Control

The perfect pop is built on posture and bone alignment, not fist strength. Use this routine to refine your form.

Set the stance: Leading with your nondominant leg, position your feet shoulder width apart, with the toe of your dominant foot in line with the heel of your nondominant foot. Your head extends over your shoulders, and your shoulders over your hips. Your knees are slightly bent.

Throw the blow: Step forward with y oakley sunglasses our lead foot and extend your nondominant arm so that your shoulder, elbow, wrist, and front two knuckles are in alignment. Your punch and your foot should land at the same time. Follow up with a cross, regaining with your rear foot the distance you took in your first step. Then come back to your original stance.

Connect the punches: Repeat the sequence, shadowboxing for 3 minutes. Then do another 3 minute round of the same sequence, this time on a heavy bag oakley sunglasses . That’s 1 set. Complete 3 sets, building speed each time. “When you master the strike, it should feel like you’re snapping your target with a wet towel,” says Collins. Rest 1 minute between each exercise.

3. Middleweight Lightning Hands

Your coach: Michael Olajide Jr.

Shadowboxing allows you to rack up high reps without the resistance of a bag to slow your punches. “You’ll tone your shoulders, back, and co oakley sunglasses re, which will help you throw faster punches,” Olajide says.

Hit on beat Play five songs that have strong rhythms and last 3 to 4 minutes each. On every fourth beat (count out loud to keep yourself on track), unleash one of the punch combinations below, and then bring your hands back to your starting stance before the next beat. The shifting tempo of some tracks may require you to punch continuously until the song slows.

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