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6 Techniques Pro Boxers Use That Amateurs Don’t

6 Techniques Pro Boxers Use That Amateurs Don’t

Being a great boxer isn’t only about being physically powerful. It is that, combined with the mental power to know an opponent and not to fight by just reacting to their actions. There are certain skills that should be refined in order to be able to fight your best fight.

1. Work the Angles

When a Pro punches an amateur, the amateur will feel like it’s coming from everywhere. Why is this? Because the pro will always know their angle for escape and will anticipate the opponent’s angle of escape. A Pro will situate themselves so that their opponent’s punches have little impact, meanwhile their opponent will be trying cover themselves up as best as possible in order to avoid feeling the incoming punch. Know how to best protect each part of your body and anticipate your opponent’s next move.

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2. Stay Heavy

A pro will feel solid, and when they punch, you’ll feel it. This comes from them having a powerful core and being able to control their center of gravity. This means that they aren’t lifting their legs too much and are not fidgeting around in the ring. It doesn’t matter if they are out of spare or super ripped, they will act like they are made of bricks. They will be able to stand their ground and won’t be pushed off balance easily. They will also be able to stand where they want, and will only move when they feel like they need to. Having this type of balance allows punches to be thrown with a lot more power, agility, and confidence- something that is helpful in any boxing round.

3. Know When You’ll Miss

Pros will slip a punch with little to no effort. This is the combination of skill, strategy, experience, and natural rhythm. They will be able to guess what your next move is just by analyzing your position, and can even bait their opponent into throwing punches just to avoid them and knock them off of their game. An amateur will likely try to retaliate immediately, as they may feel that they will not get the same opportunity to counter. However, a pro will make sure to act with precision, and not with spontaneity.

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4. Walk Around

Walking around will make you appear more relaxed, but will allow you to always be ready. It will conserve energy and keep your feet on the ground. This is one of the best physical and mental strategies that a pro boxer can employ to beat their opponent. It will trick them into thinking that they aren’t in their ready stance, but really it is a set up.

5. Jab

Every pro knows when a jab will interrupt their opponent, no matter what their next move is. It is made up of immense power, high accuracy, and precise timing. It can be fast and sharp to pull a surprise, or maybe a quick touch—just enough to distract before a harder punch. The advantage of knowing when to jab is that you will interrupt your opponent’s thoughts and combinations that they have planned out. The jab can be long, short, hard or soft while moving—when the combination is just right, it will beat any punch.

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6. Body Shots that Hurt

A body shot from a pro can make their opponent drop their hands or elbows, leading to their head being exposed. In turn, these body punches will damage the core and make it harder for the opponent to move around. An amateur might only use a body punch to lead to a powerful head punch, but not make it part of their main arsenal of moves. This is a mistake as the right body punch will greatly hurt the opponent, and will likely not be countered. Pros will land body punches that are precisely planned out to do the most damage. A body punch that is perfectly planned can make someone drop to the ground, or even knock them out.

Featured photo credit: World Series Boxing via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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