Why get into boxing?


Why get into boxing?

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For most people, boxing requires a lot of commitment and extreme sacrifices. Whether you are already a practitioner or want to start a career, immediately start chasing your dreams by following the steps described below.

  1. 1 Find a boxing club to join. Choose a club affiliated with a national organization and which also enjoys a good reputation in the training of boxers. If you do this seriously, you shouldn’t end up in a fitness club that offers boxing lessons here and there. You must find a gymnasium dedicated entirely to boxing (and possibly other martial arts).
    • By asking around you, you will easily find out which place has the best reputation in your area. There will probably be no doubts about the club to join.
  2. 2 Talk to a coach. It will detail its schedules, specificities and training methods. You can also find out about his experience as a sports coach and his possible boxing career. If this generates a feeling of excitement and anticipation in you, it’s a good sign.
    • Ask questions. Ask for his recommendations and what type of training you should start. What is his schedule ? Who will you work with ? How can you meet everyone ? Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you get involved.
  3. 3 Analyze the other members of the club. You are looking for a club frequented by people of all levels. When you develop your skills, you will have to face other people. A club made up of members of various levels will always allow you to be able to fight against someone stronger than you who will, as a result, always have something to teach you. In addition, this will allow you to evolve at the same time as your club.
    • Compare that with the choice of a restaurant. If the restaurant is empty, you probably won’t enter. If it is full of people with a blue hat and you do not wear it, you probably will not enter either. If there are only people who seem miserable, you will surely go elsewhere. As a result, see if the members seem competent and satisfied with their training.
    • If you can, ask someone who is not working in this club for their opinion. It is better, sometimes, to take into account the opinion of a neutral person.
  4. 4 Familiarize yourself with the world of boxing. Before training with a coach, find out about the 1,001 things to know about boxing, in addition to studying specific terminology. You don’t have to be great in this area, but just be able to understand what the members are talking about. Here’s what to start with .
    • “Direct. This is the most basic blow in boxing. It is a simple blow sent to your opponent’s chin with your front fist (the one located on the side of your front foot).
    • “Cross. This blow is given with your strong fist. It is a powerful blow, which involves a slight rotation of the torso.
    • Uppercut. This blow ends in your opponent’s chin or in his solar plexus. It is short-range and can be decisive.
    • Hook. It is a side kick with the elbow outside and so that your arm takes the form of a hook.
    • Left-handed. He is a left-handed boxer (naturally or converted). For a normal boxer, the latter does everything backwards. Due to their different positioning, they box fairly high.
    • Exterior boxer and interior. Outdoor boxers like to keep their distance, while an indoor boxer prefers to stay close, rather placing blows like the uppercut.
  1. 1 Start working with your coach. Your instructor will show you basic boxing moves like live, uppercut and hooks and instead of just knowing the terminology, you will have to improve by practicing them. You will also receive advice on your footwork, your positioning and how to hold your guard.
    • A good trainer will also work on your secondary skills, such as endurance and agility. If he sends you running around the gymnasium, it’s for good reason. Do not expect to enter the ring directly, it will only allow you to do so when you are ready.
  2. 2 Start a physical training program. There are hundreds of ways to strengthen his body. A good program will include training on a gearbox and a strike bag, training courses and rope jumping. You must train outside the ring at least several times a week.
    • Do cardiovascular and pure strength training, in addition to working on your secondary skills through dance, yoga, muscle building in your trunk and endurance exercises. That said, take days off, you shouldn’t get out before you even get into the ring.
  3. 3 Do intense training. These training operations must last at least 90 minutes and be done three to four times a week. A good routine consists of doing 20 minutes of pumps and abs, 20 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of jogging. Sessions can end with 10 minutes of rope jumping or hitting bag training or, ideally, training with someone else.
    • A 5 km jogging will probably not be a problem for you. Combine this with rope jumping, pumping, abs and work on a strike bag. Look how long it takes you before you get tired and see your technique weaken.
  4. 4 Don’t forget to stretch. You should be 20 to 30 minutes of dynamic stretching (fold the limbs, stretch rigid muscles…). No long stretch before training or a fight. After a training session, spend a long time doing static stretching (stretching that you hold for a long time), as they soften the muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
    • You can laugh, but taking yoga classes is not a bad idea. This improves the flexibility and resistance of your muscles while awakening your body and helps you focus and relax your mind .
  5. 5 Start an athlete diet. All professional boxers follow a kind of diet or a nutrition plan. Training is useless if you don’t eat well. In addition, your performance will drop if you do not eat properly. Your body is your livelihood now !
    • What is a boxer diet ? It is a diet rich in proteins. They are found in chicken, fish (such as salmon and tuna), eggs, peanut butter and fruits and vegetables. The diet also includes healthy fats that can be found in olive oil, avocados or nuts . Your body needs balance and nutrients, including fats, to do all the work you ask for.
  6. 6 . You think of cardiovascular endurance and it is part of it, but we also think of other types of endurance .
    • Endurance of the legs. To be a good boxer, you have to move your legs constantly. Sometimes by making extremely weak movements, which can be even more difficult to perform than large movements. After several rounds of combat, your legs will be as hard as stone. You can avoid this phenomenon by practicing rope jumping.
    • The endurance of the shoulders. When your shoulders are tired, say goodbye to your good moves as well as to your guard. You will no longer be able to lift your fists in front of your face when your shoulders are knocked out. So practice on speed bags and work on the endurance of your arms.
  7. 7 Also train your mind. Boxing isn’t just about hitting stupidly. Of course, the goal is to strike at some point, but other skills are needed to properly prepare for combat. Don’t just laugh and seriously consider the following ideas .
    • Take one or two dance lessons. Many athletes, not just boxers, take dance lessons. Why ? Because dance develops balance, agility and flexibility, three very important points in many sports.
    • Take acting lessons. You want to advertise, use your image and be sponsored ? You don’t want to sound silly doing it. Improve your skills in this area to improve your charisma.
    • Study bizness or sports management. There are two reasons for this: you don’t want to lose all your money by losing to stronger than you and hear more people say that you have deserved it and you want to think long term. Your body will not be able to box your whole life and you must think of a future in the sports community, possibly as a sports coach.
  1. 1 . You can do a quick search on the internet or talk about it around you at the boxing club. When you are ready, your coach will tell you. You will also feel it yourself.
    • This step is more about doing paperwork than anything else.
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  3. 3 Take part in informal boxing events. This is how great boxers started. These fights are not recorded in your journey, but it is the most effective way to gain experience. You will find these kinds of events via your contacts or via the website of your organization, which will keep you informed of upcoming events.
  4. 4 Start your amateur boxer career. The difference between amateur and professional boxer is that you will have the right to wear protective equipment for the head. This is essential when you learn to prevent potentially fatal injuries that can affect you while you learn to protect yourself well.
    • Again, you will be classified according to your weight and age class, which begins at “novice” if you are under 17 years of age. You will start in local and regional tournaments, with the aim of going up to national competitions.
  5. 5 Do not just leave a blank in the box corresponding to your weight. Some coaches are a bit “leash-go-round”, they encourage you to leave a blank in the box corresponding to your weight. Do not do this, falling into a bad category exposes you to serious potential injuries . Do not enter the competition until you feel ready, not when your coach tells you to go.
    • Think about your weight of balance. You will be able to fight against people who have 2 to 3 kilograms more or less than you, but widening this gap could put you in dangerous and unhealthy situations for your body.
  6. 6 Continue training. You will find yourself facing very talented people, you think you are physically ready now, but you will be surprised at the level of your opponents, especially with regard to endurance. At this level, this is what you should be able to do .
    • Jump rope for 30 minutes straight.
    • Hit the bag for 15 minutes without stopping.
    • Challenge any lover of any boxing club (except semi-professional amateurs with more than 100 fights).
    • You beat double the usual time (amateur boxing includes 3 rounds).
  1. 1 Improve your defenses, your speed, your strength and your autonomy. Let’s deepen these 4 points separately.
    • Defense. You will face 60 to 150 shots per round. No matter how strong your blows are, you must have enough endurance in your shoulders to keep your defense 100% of the time.
    • Speed. You will fight against the fastest people you have ever seen. It doesn’t matter if you hit hard, if you take hits because you’re too slow you won’t go anywhere.
    • Power. It comes from a good technique. Of course, punching wide can win you, but it will exhaust you. You must be able to control and control your strength. Wasting your energy will make you lose.
    • Autonomy. From now on, you must be autonomous. You don’t have time to think about things like, “Good… Now I should send an uppercut… Keep my hands high… Each movement must be automatic and appropriate to the situation.
  2. 2 Find an agent. Your agent will have contact with the organizers of boxing matches and may find you fights. You are now making money, but keep in mind that at least 20% of your pay will go to your manager and the organizers. That said, they are the ones who build your reputation.
    • From now on, you are probably well integrated into the world of boxing. You know which agents are in your area and which are reliable. If you are talented, they will probably come to you on their own. Just make sure it’s a reliable person.
  3. 3 Don’t quit your job yet. The biggest of the biggest boxers drive big cars, ride gold and only do a few fights a year. Some people are on TV and earn millions in seconds, but you don’t. You won’t be crumbling under fortune for a while, so keep your job .
    • It’s like Hollywood, you don’t realize how many people are fighting to get to the top. It is normal to start at the bottom of the ladder. Also, keep in mind that a large part of your earnings will go to people like your agent or your promoter. Keep at least a half-time on the side for safety.
  4. 4 . You will need to join a professional boxing association and get a boxer’s license. It is a large administrative soup between associations, there are several and you can join the one you like.
    • Take your birth certificate and social security papers to register.
  5. 5 Climb the ladder. Your ultimate goal is to win the biggest championship. If you can become the best of most boxing federations, you will become “super-champion”. If you win the golden belts of the four boxing associations in the United States, you will be “uncontested champion”.
    • It takes time and patience, in addition to having to face injuries and defeats. You will take blows. Boxing has no equal in bringing out the weaknesses of body and mind.
  6. 6 Take inspiration from professionals. The media highlight a certain type of boxer. Most known boxers are the most charismatic, those who know how to show off in front of the camera. If you dig a little, however, you will see that there is no stereotype of the right boxer to be complied with.
    • Keep in mind that talent and success are not synonymous with glory. Gene Tunney beat Jack Dempsey twice, but his character prevented him from being in the spotlight, unlike his opponent. Not everyone runs after glory .
    • Need inspiration to get started ? Look at Calvin Brock, the “boxer banker”. He got into boxing despite his job as a banker and his good education, until he became a professional .
    • In the same vein, note that you are never too young to undertake something. Juan Diaz became a professional at 16 . Of course, he did not have a long career. He now has a lawyer’s degree and everything is fine for him. Whichever path you decide to follow, it will surely be the right one.

Advice

  • Always respect your opponent ! It makes you more respectable and makes you an honorable fighter.
  • For the big guys: work your speed, because you probably already have enough strength. Smallest templates should practice hitting lower and working on their power.
  • If you decide that boxing at the professional level is not for you, there are a plethora of other jobs that revolve around this sport and that may interest you.

Warnings

  • When you are professional, be careful not to generate violent situations outside the ring. If you take it out on someone on the street and are arrested, the fact that you are a boxer can backfire because you are supposed to know how to control your strength.
  • A career as a boxer can bring irreversible wounds or even death.
  • You can be attracted to greed. Very few boxers get rich and most of your winnings will be a complement to your second job.


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