How to start boxing on your own in 10 steps

You’ve spent years watching your favorite boxers battle it out in the ring and now you want to take up the sweet science for yourself. We know it can be quite daunting starting anything new out, fret not! We’re here to help.  We’ve compiled a list of 10 steps that will help you start on your boxing journey. Let’s get into it.

Identify your motive

What made you decide to take up boxing? Do you wish to compete?  If that's the case, how far do you want to take it? Or are you simply trying to get into better shape?

For many beginners, these questions will go unanswered until they give it a shot. Those who are determined about what they want from the start are often more likely to accomplish their goals.

This doesn't imply you should want to be a world champion (although there's nothing wrong with it), but rather that you should take things one step at a time.

Your first motivation can be to compete as an amateur, then get pro and vie for a local title before advancing on.

Establish your motivation and then break down the actions necessary to achieve your objective. Setbacks are unavoidable along the way, but they're simply 'calls to action' to enhance one part of your game or another.

Start running

You probably came here thinking the first thing you should do is learn to box, but if we're being honest, the first thing you should do is start running! Running is frequently the first thing that many newcomers miss! It's no surprise that so many people gas out when they initially begin training.

If you're going to perform this sort of training as a boxer, you'll need to have strong cardio. So, if you're a complete newbie, take it slowly at first, but the more you do it each day, the more endurance you'll gain. Ideally, you should be able to run 2-3 miles every day, 4-5 days a week. Remember to take it easy at first and work your way up.

Jumping rope

Another type of aerobic exercise that almost all boxers and boxing clubs will use. You don't have to be the best skipper in the world, but it's necessary to become used to this type of training because practically all boxers are familiar with it.

If you're new to skipping/jumping rope, you'll quickly learn that it takes plenty of practice before it becomes comfortable and natural. But, like with anything in life, the more you practice, the better you will get. I highly recommend doing this 10-12 minutes before any gym session — it's a terrific warm-up tool!

Perfect your basic exercises and interval training

If you're currently going to the gym and following a normal routine without breaking a sweat, you'll need to adjust your habits if you want to begin boxing training! You must get accustomed to basic exercises such as press-ups, sit-ups and squats, and burpees; if you cannot perform them, you will indeed be annihilated in a boxing club!

We also suggest getting a timer for interval training, which will be quite beneficial when it comes to boxing training. You put in a lot of effort and then take a break. Try to incorporate this time into your training. A standard boxing round lasts three minutes, with a one-minute rest break in between.

If you want to become a great boxer, you'll need to improve your general fitness.

Get proper boxing equipment

Whether you want to vie for greatness or simply want to be in better shape, make sure you have the proper equipment.

Most boxing clubs will offer certain things for you to use, such as gloves and headgear, but we would strongly advise you to acquire your own because shared equipment is frequently worn-out, torn, and unhygienic.

The first thing you'll need is a pair of good boxing gloves. Don't make the mistake of buying cheap ones, those usually start tearing around the thumb and inside after a couple of weeks. 

As you'll be doing lots of skipping, it's a good idea to invest in a quality skipping rope for training. A headguard, groin guard, and mouth guard are all necessary if you plan on sparring. You might also want to consider investing in a pair of boxing shoes to stay light on your feet.

Learn the boxing fundamentals

You may have previously seen professional boxers compete, and you may have even learned a thing or two from them. If this is your first-time training in boxing, however, it is critical that you understand the fundamentals.

This entails establishing a good stance, learning how to protect oneself and throw basic punches and combos, as well as learning appropriate footwork. Make these principles a part of your daily routine. Don't try to copy your favorite boxer if they drop their hands; you'll quickly learn the hard way that it's not a smart idea.

Instead, focus on mastering the fundamentals, and as you gain expertise, you'll be able to establish your own style. Then you'll know what works and what doesn't, without developing any negative habits in the process.

Join a boxing club

You should join a boxing club and learn the trade from a professional boxing coach after you've gotten yourself in decent physical shape and learnt the fundamentals. 

The club's trainers and boxers will be able to thoroughly reinforce and teach you the fundamentals. They'll be able to assist you in correcting and coaching any negative habits or blunders you've picked up. Because you'll be in terrific physical shape, the coaches will already have a higher regard for you because you'll be putting in the effort.

Start sparring

It's nerve-wracking when you first start sparring, even before you get into the ring. There is no one way to prepare for it; you just need to get in there and put what you already know into action.

Even so, due to all the anxious energy, you'll most certainly gas out after the first round.

After a few sessions, you'll become used to it and notice that you're able to regulate your energy much more cautiously. When sparring for the first few times, keep the following points in mind:

  • Try not to overtrain the night before your first sparring session
  • As we’ve established sparring can be quite anxiety inducing, keep your nerves in check, a relaxed boxer is a smarter boxer
  • Keep your head up so you can actually see incoming punches and can react to them effectively
  • Match your opponent’s power. Remember, sparring isn’t a competitive bout, it’s a training session. Work on your speed, timing, accuracy and technique. Power is the least of your concerns. Practice that on the bags.

Compete

Your goal may have been to compete as an amateur boxer in the future, but when is the proper time? The answer to that question is determined by one or both of the following factors:

  • When you've accumulated enough sparring experience.
  • When your coach thinks you're ready.

The frequency with which you hit your opponent and the amount with which you get struck back are typically indicators of how effectively you spar. The ability to hit and avoid being hit is at the forefront of boxing, particularly among amateurs. When you routinely do well in sparring, it boosts your confidence and gives you the feeling that you're ready to compete.

If, on the other hand, you're like many other boxers who delay excessively, your trainer should intervene and inform you that you're ready, even if you don't believe it. It's frequently the push you need to take action. Your trainer will plan bouts for you in this regard, and all you have to do is show up prepared.

Continuously improve

Whether you win, lose, or tie, you must constantly return to the drawing board and improve the areas of your game that need to be improved.

If you truly want to succeed in boxing, you must make it a way of life. Immerse yourself in the mindset and lifestyle of a professional athlete. You're simply cheating yourself if you cut corners. It's not an easy path to fame, but it's one worth taking.

One could say these are the 10 commandments of boxing, if you stay true to them, you will without a doubt succeed. For more premium boxing gear and training equipment, click here.