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What It Takes to Become a Pro Boxer

March 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

You would think it is obvious that it takes a lot of work to be a pro boxer, but through my few years of training I have repeatedly seen boxers (mostly rookies) make the mistake of thinking it is easy. They get lazy and forget to do basic drills and exercises like running. They get cocky and over confident. Then, when they lose their first bout, they don't understand why. I mite not be the most experienced fighter, but I know a thing or two about what it takes to win.

Good cardio

Boxing is not something you can be lazy with. Competitors have to be able to survive at least three, 3 minute rounds or more. At most amateur levels head gear is required, which means there is little chance for a knockout. This also means there will be a lot more punches thrown.

Do to those reasons, good cardio is required. Boxers should do jumping jacks, jump rope, running, and sprints. Punching bag drills that are designed to increase a boxer's cardio the ring should also be done. Amateur boxers especially should be doing these things at least three to four times a week.

A strong core

This always seems to be the last thing new boxers think about. They think it's about taking hits to the head, but a good body shot will do the trick, just the same. Yet so many new comers believe that body shots are easy to take. Well, at least until a good one is landed on them.

These situations are easily prevented by working out the core muscles like the abs and lower back. Doing sit ups and leg raises will help build up the muscle in these parts, which in turn would better protect the organs in these areas, such as the lungs and kidneys.

Breathing

This is just as important as cardio. Proper breathing helps keep the muscles moving and helps prevent a knockout. Learning to breathe in enough oxygen, while still moving insures that a boxer will not burn him or her self out. Learning to exhale properly will keep a boxer from getting the wind knocked out of him or her.

This is why I believe boxers could benefit from a lot of breathing techniques taught in martial arts and yoga. These breathing techniques are designed to increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles. The benefit being that the boxer will be able to punch harder for longer and take more of a beating.

Speed

Despite what some may believe, speed does kill. Being strong won't help much if a boxer can't hit the target. On the other hand, a boxer won't have to worry how many hits he or she can take if they never get hit. So, it would be good for a boxer to assume that he or she is never quick enough.

Unfortunately, speed is also one of the hardest attributes to gain. It takes a lot of bag drills and cardio. The most important part of gaining speed however, is good foot work. Good foot work can make a boxer's hands seem a lot quicker then they actually are. This is why boxers should spend at least a few hours a week on foot work alone.

Power

Although power isn't on the top of the list for attributes needed to be a good boxer, it should not be under estimated. Speed may kill, but speed and power is even deadlier. A well-timed powerful jab to the head can be used to slow down a speedy opponent coming in for a combo. Power is also one of the last things to go and can be used to increase a boxer's career in used properly.

Power is simple to gain. Most exercises increase muscle in some way. Using weights or any object with weight will increase a boxer's strength. Combine that with a good diet and the results could be amazing.

Heart

Last, but not least, having a lot of heart is probably the most important tool a boxer can have. This is what will push him or her to put in the work. It will drive them to drill harder and push them through workouts when they are tired. It is what will keep them standing during hard boxing matches. It may even force them to stay standing even if their bodies feel beaten. Having a lot of heart to push through the blood, sweat, and tears is the difference between a good boxer and a great one.

Owner/ writer of http://www.the-warriors-club.com martial arts and fitness website. Articles written for the warriors club site include Effective Punches. Articles may not be changed and are to be used as is. A live link to the website above must company the article.

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