I’m making significant progress. Yesterday my wife had to tell me to slow down and stop walking so fast – my legs feel stronger. Today during the workout, I felt fitter and lighter. When I jump – there’s less bits wobbling. When I do sit ups – it feels like there’s less belly getting in the way. It feels like everything is heading in the right direction.
And there’s nothing like progress to make you feel more motivated. I tried adding in extra boxing skipping (jump rope) as a pre-boxing workout warm up. The idea was 20 seconds active skipping (full speed), 10 seconds rest – repeat 8 times (total of 4 minutes). I made it – just. A second set was too much (I still had the workout the do!) but it’s a good marker. I think skipping could be a key exercise for me – there’s nothing quite like it to get you out of breath!
Technique 3 (Long Range)
Jeez! The shadow boxing just reached a new level. I have to confess I stopped the video and when back for a bit of revision.
Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross > Slip > Cross > Hook.
Introducing the ‘slip’ is good to break it up – makes you think about what you’re doing. By the time I’d finished off with the 20 fast straights I was sweating, and this was the shadow boxing – I hadn’t even put the gloves on yet! All good though, and when Round 1 arrived, there I was doing the same combination but this time for ‘real’ on the punch bag.
Fast forward in the last round. 7 to 1. 7 Press Up, 7 Crunches, 7 Star Jumps, 7 Burpees – then decrease until one. Let’s just say I’m a long way off perfecting this round. Crunches and star jumps are fine, burpees and press ups are another issue. Like the skipping, this section will be a good measure to my progress. Bit by bit.
This ranks as my favourite workout so far. Without a doubt a proper boxing lesson!