Most of the people who start boxing mainly focus on improving the power and quickness of their punches. However, there is an essential factor that they usually neglect. The footwork!
It may not seem to be so important, but the best fighters know that it is as vital as the punches if they want to win. On top of that, I have heard about boxing trainers who pay more attention to footwork than punches at the beginning. If you have excellent footwork, you can avoid blows coming from the opponent. Also, you can throw punches more efficiently. Hence, developing your footwork is crucial for both defense and offense.Related: Why Boxing Footwork Is So Important
You can improve this skill in many ways, for example with shadow boxing. But if you want to use equipment, I put my vote on the agility ladder (speed ladder). This simple tool provides a lot of possibilities to enhance your footwork. Plus, it is really enjoyable.
What are the benefits of speed ladder drills for boxing?
These exercises develop your coordination and balance. Also, they make your feet quicker, and you can control your body better. This way, you can get more quickly into a position where you can avoid the punches of the opponent or get to a point to hit him more effectively. If you see one of the matches of Floyd Mayweather, you will see how he uses his expert footwork to dominate in the ring.
I’m sure now you want to see some footwork exercises with the agility ladder. Here they are. Just watch the video below.
Do not underestimate the importance of the footwork. You should focus on it as your punches. The best technical fighters do that, and that is why they are the winners.