Learning to Box: The Basics


Today I’m really excited to have the first of many boxing tutorials for you.

Boxing is one of my favorite sports and activities of all time and not only is it an awesome way to burn a crapload of calories and get rid of any stress and anger you have, it’s also just plain fun.

There are so many things to cover when first learning to box, but you’ve got to get the fundamentals down first. We’re going to focus today on boxing stance, hand placement, and then end with the two basic punches, a jab and a cross.

Oh, and we’re going to do this all without a punching bag—because shadow boxing is a really legitimate way to learn to box.

Watch the video tutorial to see me being a total dork showing you how to box in my garage:

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Train Like a Boxer: 10 Exercises to Get You in Fighting Shape


I’ve always loved the sport of boxing.

When I was younger, I punched a few holes in the wall (sorry, mom and dad), and pretty soon afterwards my parents bought me a punching bag (which is all I always wanted anyway, guess I should have brought that up sooner).

I had no idea what I was doing then when I tried to punch the damn thing—all I knew was that boxers were always in incredible shape and really badass, and I wanted to be just like them.

Fast forward a few years later, I got my personal training certification and got a job at a gym in New York City solely based on the fact that it had a boxing ring and an awesome, incredibly badass trainer. I started taking lessons right away, and quickly learned all my hooks, jabs, and undercuts. I fell even deeper in love with the sport.

There’s something so satisfying, so primal in a way, of punching something (or someone) as hard as humanly possible.

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