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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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