Basic Boxing Punches – Boxing Workouts At Home

by James Kerrison on November 1, 2010

Boxing is a great all around conditioning workout and there are basic boxing punches that you should take the time to learn. Boxing for fitness and fat loss still requires that you are able to move well, keep your hands up and stay strong throughout the workout. But first things first, you need to learn how to thrown a punch properly.
Jab – The (left) jab, while it is on of the least powerful punches, is quite possibly the most important punch in a boxers artillery. Don’t just take my word for it, according to fight statistics, the great Mohammad Ali used jabs more than 90% of the time. Even though they aren’t strong punches they set you up for bigger combos where you can use your power punches below. Because they are a bit weaker and a little more un-natural than other punches it can take a little longer to learn how to throw a jab.
Cross – The (right) cross is the quickest and most direct way to hit an opponent. It will be one of the strongest punches you will use. Because it is easy to learn and is so powerful we us it a lot in boxing combinations. It will be used more than the other power boxing punches and this is the same when it comes to boxers in the ring. In fact the right cross is one of the most preferred knockout punch by many boxers.
The target of the cross is the head of the opponent and provides a fairly good amount of damage when set up by a job or used in combos. These combos can be done for power or speed depending on your training goals. When it follows a jab, this combo is called the “one-two” combination. Simple to learn and very effective (both in the ring and for your home boxing workout).
Hooks – A hook is usually aimed at the chin and can only be done effectively by swinging the arm in a horizontal arc. The wrist and elbow need to be aligned so that you can transfer the power through the punch and not risk injury. Hooks work best when they are set up by a jab and followed by an uppercut or another hook. The hook is another powerful punch (especially from the right) and it has knockout power. The hook is probably the hardest to learn out of all of the basic boxing punches but it is well worth the time getting it right.
Uppercut – An uppercut is considered to be the most dangerous punch in boxing since yet strangely enough is one of the least used punches. It is very easy to learn and is a bit more natural movement than the hook. The uppercut is a vertical punch that rises when thrown and usually targets the chin and torso. Once again it is important to keep the wrist straight so that you can deliver the power into the punch and not just your wrist! Uppercuts naturally set up with a jab/cross or thrown in combination. For a different challenge they can be used with hooks as well.
As you get better with your basic boxing punches, you will find that they become quicker and more powerful. You will also be less likely to lose your balance at this high speed and will be able to get a great workout. By learning different combinations, your workouts will be more fun and time will fly.

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