It’s been almost a full year in quarantine and your usual at-home weight training routine and run around the block are getting old. Or maybe you’ve taken the spin on the Peloton one too many times and you need a new routine to switch things up. My name is Anthony Crouchelli, I’m Lead Trainer and Director of Talent at Liteboxer, and I’m here to turn your workout routine up a notch by adding boxing into your at-home routine.
Not only is boxing an effective cardio and strength workout, but there are so many ways to step into the ring without stepping out of your home. Is it possible to learn how to box at home? You bet it is! Not sure how to get started? I’ve got you covered.
I’ve got all the details on why boxing is an effective workout and how you can get started today, including one of my full 30-minute boxing workouts that will get you sweating like a champ while you learn the basics.
Boxing is more than just punching, it requires speed, agility, strength, endurance, and mental toughness to be successful. The combination of strength building with quick cardio movements makes boxing an ultimate workout for both brain and body.
Not only can boxing keep you in great shape and improve your cardiovascular health, but it also helps with hand-eye coordination, balance, and proprioception, or the body’s ability to know and understand where the joints and muscles are in space.
Hitting a target (even if it's just the air!) can help release stress and tension in the body making boxing both a powerful physical and mental sport. With boxing, you can challenge your mind and your body in the world of music, competition, and punches.
At-home boxing equipment for beginners
There are plenty of options when it comes to boxing equipment. I train many beginners who start out by shadow boxing in their living room with no equipment while some like getting started with a punching bag, personal trainer, or an in-home boxing platform like Liteboxer.
While boxing equipment helps improve your boxing experience and elevates your training, as you are getting started all you need is some space in your home, time in your schedule, and the determination to learn something new. No matter how you get started or what equipment you are using, you are going to have a great workout when boxing at home.
Basic boxing form
Keeping your form and technique sharp is important as you are learning how to box. Not only does this help protect you from injuries, but it also allows you to land a good punch over and over again with more efficiency and strength. Learning how to box by starting with your basic boxing form helps connect you to your foundation. Every pivot, extension, and rotation comes from that foundation, and if you are able to tap into that, then no one can touch you in or outside the ring! That’s why practicing the basics is a necessary part of boxing whether you are throwing your first punches or you’ve been boxing for years.
It’s important to first start with your boxing stance because it is the starting point for all your punches. If you are right-handed (otherwise known as an Orthodox boxer) you will start with your left foot forward and your right foot back. If you are left-handed (or a Southpaw boxer) you will start with your right foot forward and your left foot back. This stance positions your dominant hand farther back so you can line up a punch with maximal power.
Bring your hands up to your chin to protect your face, tuck your chin slightly down, and keep your shoulders soft. Stagger your stance at about hip-width distance so you are always balanced and your weight is distributed.
In your boxing stance, bend your knees, straighten your spine, and push off the ball of your foot with every movement. There should be a bounce to your body in your boxer stance, ready to move at any moment. This is because you are never static in boxing, you are always moving. After all, you never want to be a sitting duck for your opponent (even if your opponent is Liteboxer!).
To float like a Muhammad Ali butterfly, it’s important to practice drills like jump roping, defensive movements like bobbing, rolling, and weaving, quick side shuffles, or taking small bouncing steps in your boxing stance so you can get comfortable being light on your feet. Every time you punch, practice snapping back to your boxer stance as quickly as you can.
There are four basic punches in Liteboxer boxing: the jab, straight cross, and left and right uppercuts. While in your boxing stance, your dominant hand will deliver a rear cross and rear uppercut punches while your non-dominant hand will deliver lead jab and lead uppercut punches.
When punching with your dominant hand, use your back leg to power your punches. When punching with your non-dominant hand, use your front foot to step forward. When you throw your dominant hand punches, you’re going to pretend like you are crushing a grape under your back toe. Pick up your back heel and twist from your hips to generate more power.
Make sure to 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. After you punch, don’t forget to immediately step back to your boxer stance.
Speed and Strength
As you start boxing you are going to notice yourself running out of breath or unable to deliver powerful punches after a few short minutes. This is normal for a beginner boxer! This is why every boxer not only needs to focus on boxer stance, footwork, and accurate punches, but also on building up strength, endurance, and speed so you can box for longer.
Boxing with Liteboxer is one great way to build up your strength. Not only does it allow you to practice hitting a target, but you’ll have me as your coach encouraging you to punch for longer and harder so you can build up that muscular strength and endurance. Another great way to build up your strength and endurance is to cross-train with other activities such as strength training or our recovery based yoga classes offered on the Liteboxer platform.
30 Minute At-Home Boxing Workout
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to put it all together with one of my at-home boxing workouts. This one’s perfect for a beginner to learn the necessary boxing skills while getting a good sweat.
If you have Liteboxer, go ahead and hit play on one of our one-song warm-ups in the Liteboxer app. But if you don’t have a Liteboxer, start your warm-up with some active stretches on your own. Try movements such as arm and neck circles, wide lunges while extending your opposite arm to your opposite foot, and squats to forward folds.
After some brief stretching, start to move into some cardio such as jumping jacks or running in place for about a minute. Your warm-up can look different every time. The goal is to loosen up your joints and muscles with movement that isn’t too difficult for you but that starts to get your heart rate up.
Practice your boxing stance, speed, and footwork
Choose 1-2 options from the below for 5 minutes
- Bounce it out: Get into your proper boxing stance and practice hopping around your room punching the air and getting a feel for where to keep your feet to stay balanced. Practice being in constant movement as you avoid punches from your invisible opponent.
- Side shuffles: In your boxing stance practice moving side to side with your knees bent and your hands up at your chin.
- Squats: Practice some defense with some squat work! Practice slipping, which is when you slightly bend your knees while keeping your hands up to protect your face, or stay in your stance and rep out some squats.
- Bob, weave, and roll: Bobbing, weaving, and rolling are all defensive moves used in boxing to avoid getting punched. Although you aren’t facing off against an opponent, these can be great drills to practice at home. Using a 45 second on and 15 second off tabata, practice bobbing, weaving, and rolling under and around an imaginary rope in your room. Roll and weave forward and back underneath the rope focusing on weight shifts, and once you feel comfortable feel free to add a jab cross!
Either using Liteboxer’s Punch Tracks or on your own go ahead and pick your favorite song and go at maximum power with as many drills as you can manage. Do a couple of quick jabs, reset, and then throw some uppercuts and repeat the same combination until there is a new verse!
After your song ends, rest for a minute and then repeat again with another 1-2 songs or as many as you feel comfortable. Try out different combinations with each set and feel yourself getting more and more familiar with each punch. You’ll be surprised by how much you sweat in such a short amount of time!
Build up your strength
If you want an added challenge try the below strength exercises for 5-10 minutes
Push your strength to the max by ending your workout with my 5-minute glutes and abs routine or my 30-minute total body conditioning class on the Liteboxer app. Or if you don’t have a Liteboxer, go ahead and set yourself up with some quick core and strength work with 30 seconds each of sit-ups, push-ups, crunches, bicycles, and plank. Repeat 2-3 times depending on how your body feels.
Don’t forget to cool down after all that hard work! Head over to the Liteboxer app to take a build and restore class so you recover properly and are ready to hit your next boxing workout soon.
Congratulations, you’ve completed a beginner boxing workout at home! Ready for more? So are we. Gloves on, volume up, let’s do this! Learn about how you can train more with me on Liteboxer and get started today.