"I want to box, but don't know where to begin"
I want to box but I don't know where to begin. There are no gyms in my area and there are no trainers nearby, but I love boxing. Where do I start? Where do I begin?
This is a common question that I get all the time. One of the main reasons I created a YouTube channel was because I knew that this was a dilemma so many people faced. After years of surfing the web, I saw the desperate need for real boxing training. Sure, there were a few trainers on the internet teaching the science but honestly, I wasn't very impressed.
I don't want to talk down on any other coaches, as anybody who's teaching is doing the best they can and usually has good intentions. I was fortunate that I had extremely good coaches. In fact, I had extremely good teachers. I did so much research on my own to make sure I fully understood how to teach the art of boxing. I remember when I first started boxing, I was so eager to learn. I was like an addict for new information. So, when I see people who truly love my videos I do truly understand.
A lot of times the best boxing trainers are the busiest. Usually they have families, mortgages, and children. Some even have grandchildren and they don't have a lot of time to take on new, up-and-coming boxers or even “weekend warriors” that just want to learn the craft. When I first began coaching, I worked with so many beginners. Some were very uncoordinated, some had a lot of fear, others were overconfident, and a few were natural fighters. I work with businessmen, police officers, mothers, grandparents, children, teenagers, amateur fighters and professional fighters at a world-class level. It's safe to say as a coach, I've worked with almost every kind of person you could think of. This is where I really learned how to teach my craft. I had to learn to make adjustments coaching, similar to in a fight where when things can get difficult and the move you thought would work doesn’t, you have to figure out ways to make it work. I say all that to say this: if you want to box and don't know where to begin, you came to the right place. I am devoted to teaching as many people globally the correct way to approach learning the art of boxing.
So back to the start of this blog. Where do I begin:
Find the nearest boxing gym in your area. Now, there's a few variables here. You have to know what kind of boxing gym you are joining. For instance, a lot of boxing gyms nowadays do not care to produce fighters or teach boxing from a competitive standpoint. Over the years boxing has become highly influenced by fitness professionals as a fantastic way to get in shape. Rightfully so, however the drawback to this is that these gyms are not hiring professional boxing coaches that teach you how to box. They simply teach you to workout. The first thing you need to know is why you’re boxing, what you expect to get out of boxing and what kind of boxing gym you’re joining. Your best bet is to be honest and speak to whoever runs the facility to figure out if that gym suits your needs.
2. Find a PAL or a community center. Your next option is to look for a Police Athletic League, also known as a PAL, for some sort of community center that provides boxing. Most of the time these are free programs provided by the city to help keep the youth out of trouble. When I first started competing, I actually competed out of a PAL and it was one of the best programs that I was ever a part of. As a competitive amateur boxer, do not underestimate these community programs that your city may provide.
3. Go on the internet, perhaps social media and look for a boxing trainer that is taking new clients. Make sure the trainer is one that teaches people how to box properly. It’s a good indication that this trainer is legitimate by looking at the people that he works with. Do not hesitate to look through his page and his feed. Take a look at the quality of people that he is currently training or previously trained. Boxing is becoming a much more common workout for trainers to work with clients. You may get lucky and find a good one. Just know you're going to have to pay these people and it most likely won't be cheap, but if the trainer is good, it will be worth it.
Now that you have explored all those options, if you can’t find what you’re looking for you’re still in luck! I created a YouTube channel where I've been teaching how to box from the ground up for absolutely free. I also have created digital downloads where I teach footwork, how to set traps and counter punch, how to create angles and the “Philly shell” also better known as the Floyd Mayweather defense. I also will be releasing more content on all social media platforms. I will be releasing new digital downloads on a consistent basis to continue to provide value and teach you the craft. I have also opened up an opportunity for you guys to connect with me face to face on Zoom, where I can train you through a lens. It is absolutely amazing how effective this works. I have received great results in such a short amount of time. It's truly humbling and is one of the most fulfilling things I've done in recent times. If you can't find a trainer in your area or gym nearby, don't worry, I got you covered!
Once you're all set up; you’re going to need equipment. If you're training at a gym, they will tell you you're going to need hand wraps to protect your hands. You need boxing gloves to punch heavy bags and possibly spar. They may or may not provide you with a jump rope, but you will be jumping rope and that's basically all you're going to need in the beginning. As you get further along you will need headgear and a mouthpiece but that's not necessary to start with. If you are boxing at home and you have the opportunity to get a heavy bag, I highly suggest it. However, if you can’t get a heavy bag, it’s not the end of the world. There are other things you can do. Shadow Boxing can be just as beneficial, if not more beneficial, than the heavy bag in the beginning stages of boxing.
Lucky for you if you haven’t already checked out my free ebook, it is still available!
In the free ebook I teach the basics: the all-you-need-to-know about getting started. I start you off with the boxing stance, then we build you up to the jab, the cross, the hooks and uppercuts. I also teach you basic footwork and ‘basic’ defense, which isn't so basic and is more than enough to get somebody started. If you do not already have my ebook, I highly suggest you get it. If you do already have my ebook, then I'm sure you can vouch for how much information is in there. There are plenty of texts for you to read and links to videos that teach you step by step how to do everything I am teaching.
Now someone may ask: okay, how do I design a workout?
I'm going to give you a simple run down on what a boxing routine looks like:
1. Warmup: The first thing any fighter or athlete should do when beginning a boxing regimen, or any regimen for that matter, is a warm up. For me, I make my fighters jump rope.
2. Stretch: I like to make my athlete stretch after they're slightly warmed up. There are exceptions where we can stretch a little bit before we warm up, but through my experience the body stretches much better this way. Once it is warm you will stretch the areas that are being used and in boxing that's basically the total body.
3. Shadow Boxing: This is one of the most crucial parts of boxing training and it’s often overlooked. I can't tell you how many times people tell me that they hate to shadow box. These are the same people that tell me that they want to become better boxers. I can assure you, if you do not shadow box, you will not become a better boxer and there are several reasons for this that I can save for another blog but to keep a long story short this would be the next step in my training.
4. Heavy bag comes after your Shadow Boxing. The heavy bag is an excellent way to get in shape also similar to Shadow Boxing, you can work on your craft. The pros to a heavy bag is that there is resistance. Depending on the bag that you have on, it might be limited on movement, but overall it is an excellent bag and should definitely be taken seriously in your box and regimen.
5. Speed bag: This bag right here is an excellent timing bag and is great for shoulder conditioning. This bag right here typically is the bag that most beginners want to improve. It looks so much fun because in reality it is, especially when you just begin to get good at it. I usually save the speed bag for the end of my routine as far as punching is concerned.
6. Calisthenics: This is typically performed at the end of a solid boxing program most of the time. After you are finished jumping rope, shadow boxing and hitting the heavy bag, this is where you would perform your calisthenics depending on the program that you're in. It can include ab work, pull-ups, push-ups, dips and any other workouts that need to be performed for that particular athlete.
In the future I will be putting out some PDF programs putting workouts together to help my beginners really design some good boxing regimens that not only focus on getting in shape, but focus on how you can improve your craft.
A lot of thought is being put into this so get excited because once I release it, it’s really going to help you!
Catch it at the next level: always remember guys, you don't have to be a fighter to train like one. Boxing is definitely one of the best ways to get in shape. It is not only good for the body but it's good for the mind. It teaches you hard work, it teaches you dedication, it teaches you perseverance. It is by far one of the best decisions I ever made in my life and I'm 100% sure that will be one of the best decisions that you make also.
I want to thank you guys for all your support.
Until next time, your boy coach Anthony signing out. #BoxingLife