Physically and mentally, boxing is hard to beat as one of the most rewarding forms of exercise. Anyone can benefit from the power, speed, agility, and hand-eye coordination of this versatile sport.
Tommy Duqette, former U.S. National Boxing Champion and co-founder of FightCamp cites convenience and stress relief as two of the biggest advantages to boxing workouts at home.
Although you might like to pack a punch at a local boxing studio, sometimes hitting the gym isn’t an option. We’ve put together three simple steps that will transform your home into a boxing gym.
Three Steps to Transform Your Home Into a Boxing Gym
Plan Out the Space
Begin by identifying where you want to put your home boxing gym—perhaps you have a spare bedroom or a cluttered garage you’ve been dying to make better use of. Remember that the space doesn’t need to be massive, but the bigger the better if you want to spar or have a full plane of movement.
The amount of space you dedicate to your studio depends on your own body measurements. Ideally, you want a space that comfortably fits at least you and a punching bag. If you can strike it without colliding into a wall or table then you’re good to go!
Begin With Basics
Boxing is a high impact sport and if you train on hardwood floors then your joints won’t thank you! Carpets and rugs lessen the impact, but for a more professional appearance consider investing in some exercise mats. Alternatively, foam jigsaw matts are a cost effective way to lay the foundations of your home boxing gym. These slot together, making it easy to customise the shape to your floor plan.
Another staple is, of course, a punching bag. There are some great cheap options out there, but just make sure they won’t fall over when you hit them with a power punch! Freestanding ones are the easiest to set up, but if you’re looking for a wall- or ceiling-mounted bag then be prepared to get your DIY hat on.
Hitting a punching bag is certainly satisfying, but the impact is heavy on your knuckles and wrists. Good quality gloves and wrist wraps will help you de-stress and avoid injury!
Build Up Your Equipment
Once you’ve got the basics you can begin your boxing workouts at home, but if you want to kick this up a notch you may want to purchase some more equipment. These can help you home more specific techniques.
For example, a speed bag hanging from a mount is designed to rebound quickly, helping you boost the speed and precision of your punches. Alternatively, a hook or uppercut bag can be a good investment. Landing a hook or uppercut on a free-standing punching bag can feel unnatural. A more specific piece of equipment will deliver greater opportunities to practice these kinds of punches.
Although boxing gloves deliver a lot of protection for your hands, you can still add an extra layer with boxing wraps and bag mitts. These lessen the impact of the punch when you’re using the bag, and can be even more useful if you’re training with a partner.
Finally, no real training regime is complete without extra strength and conditioning. Turn your home boxing gym into a full complex with a set of weights to help you build up muscular strength and endurance. Start with weight plates, dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells, and branch out to benches and squat racks if you’re going all out!
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