Your Boxing Form
Things happen quickly once you step up to the shield and start your work out. Flashing lights, big beat drops, and your coach instructing you as to what punch pattern is coming your way. You breathe heavy and sweat buckets. You’re upping your punch count and staying light on your toes. And while getting lost in your boxer’s rhythm is one of the best feelings you can get (besides the dopamine rush that comes after a heart-pounding, heavy-hitter, signature LB workout), keeping your form and technique sharp is essential to preventing injury and keeping you in fighting shape. All of your punches start from your boxer’s stance, so it’s important to get comfortable with what yours is. Check out our list below for tips on how to keep your form strong throughout all of your classes.
Establishing your stance:
If you’re right handed, you’re an Orthodox Boxer. Your left foot will be forward, right foot back.
All the odd-numbered punches will come from your left hand:
All the even-numbered punches will come from your right hand:
If you’re a left-handed person, you’re called a Southpaw Boxer. Your right foot is forward and your left foot is back.
All the odd numbered punches come from your right hand:
All the even-numbered punches will come from your left hand:
No matter which stance you’re in:
- Use your back leg to power your even-numbered punches
- Use your front foot to step forward when you throw your odd number punches
- When you throw your even-numbered punches, you’re going to pretend like you a crushing a grape under your back toe. Pick up your back heel and twist from your hips to generate more power
- Your stance should be staggered and your knees are soft and springy
- Stay light on your toes and be ready to bounce
- Stay in motion because, like Coach Barry says, you never want to be a sitting duck for your opponent.
Overall important things to remember:
- Keep your shoulders soft. If you feel your shoulders are up by your ears, then they probably are.
- Keep your fists by your cheek bones. Like Coach Reid says, act like your holding up two flashlights by your cheeks and looking down a hallway.
- Snap back and return to your starting stance position quickly. Just as important as the energy behind the punch is the return to your starting stance.
- Keep your punches tight. If you overextend your arm, swing out with your elbow too wide, or uppercut past your nose, you lose precious energy.
Got it all down, right? Trust us, we know there is a lot to think about during class, and that’s why your coaches will be right there with you, reminding you to keep your core tight and your hands light (along with a bunch of other words of encouragement!) We highly recommend taking a Liteboxer Fundamentals class, which gives you more technique pointers and precise punching cues. Get ready to step into the ring!