I woke up feeling excellent this morning, clear head and raring to go, that was until I tried to move – “boy can I feel my chest and triceps”, I must have worked them well yesterday – which is great news… Then I went to stand up and I went through the same process “gees my leg muscles”.
I’m am used to this though, when you start a new training regime it’s quite normal to feel a little stiff the next day, especially during the first couple of weeks – in fact if I don’t, I then worry I haven’t trained hard enough – no pleasing me!
Mind you there is training hard and then there is over training, the latter is something I always managed to do when I was younger. I can still remember my Mum watching me hobble down the stairs just looking at me with sympathy and shaking her head whilst uttering the words “Steve, You’ve gone and over-done it again?”!
Luckily I have a bit of a better gauge of my fitness levels now – I’m older and wiser …apparently! So just a small tip whilst you ease yourself into the program during the first week – take it steady and work on your technique (both boxing and exercise), there is always time to hammer it out and smash up the bag in the second week 🙂
So back to the workout for today.
Technique 1 (The Basics)
How It Went
I’m really pleased with today – the aches & pains seemed to subside quite early on in the workout – I felt a lot fitter and less out of breath which allowed me to focus a lot more on the boxing techniques. That’s when these home punch bag workouts come into their own. No distractions from other people, that you can sometimes have when you’re at the gym – just you and the bag, oh and Corney shouting at you 🙂
Corney offers up some really good advice in this workout and that’s “stay long”. What he means by this is don’t crowd your technique (by being too close to the bag). Ideally you want to be far enough a way from the bag to be making impact at the end of your punch. Not only will this give you more power in your punch it teaches you the correct range.
I love the fact that the slip is incorporated straight away in one of the combinations for Technique 1 (The Basics). Performing the slip is often over-looked during bag work sessions. Try and get the technique right here – It is a slip to your left before you deliver the left body hook.
Your weight should move forward to your front leg, you should twist your torso left. The finished position should be your right shoulder over your left knee. Remember to keep your guard up and still be looking at the bag.
A lot to remember, but if you keep practising you will get it. It’s great for building up some huge power in your punches, Corney likes to call it a coiled spring position.
Today I worked on the jab and getting down into the slip as quick as I possibly could, really working on those basic boxing techniques.
It’s not part of the 60-day program, but every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will be trying to more and more chin-ups.
Here is my pathetic offering today – still, 1 more than Monday – it’s going to be a really slow improvement at this rate.
Set 1 – 4 chin-ups!
Set 2 -2 chin-ups!!
Set 3 – 3 chin-ups!
Feeling refreshed and looking forward to tomorrow.