18 Beginner Boxing Tips to Get Started

beginner boxing tips

Boxing seems to be a not so complicated sport, but believe me, it is more than just throwing punches. It requires coordination, balance, endurance, strength, well-performed boxing punches, and proper footwork. Plus, it is not just about attacking the opponent but mainly about defense.

Hence, you should not only train your body but your mind as well. But with the right type of workouts and continuous practice, you can get good results.

Here are some essential boxing tips for beginners.

1. Throw light but sharp punches

An unfortunate mistake of beginners is that they want to hit the bag with full strength.

If you want to punch with power, you will only use the strength of your arm and shoulder muscles, that seems to be OK, but instead, you should use your body to throw the punch. That way, you will be able to strike much bigger. For this, your body should be relaxed. Try punching with tight muscles and with loosening muscles. You will feel the difference.

Also, if all your punches are the level of the maximum, you will not have any energy to train long. Your boxing training time will not be long enough. If you get out of breath after 1 minute, that will get you nowhere.

Watch the video below to learn why your body is so important.

2. Shorter combos

As you are a beginner, there is no need to do complex boxing combinations. 3-4 punch combos will do. As you get better, you can add more punches to your combos. It is better to be good at 4-5 combination types than doing a lot of badly-performed ones.

Related: 7 basic boxing combos

3. Enough water intake

No matter if you hit the bag at home or spare with an opponent, always drink plenty of water. A proper boxing training is tough, and you sweat like mad, so you have to refill yourself to be hydrated. If you are dehydrated, you will not have the energy to train.

4. Learn, learn, learn

If you go to a boxing gym, get in touch with others, and ask for advice. Watch how the best boxers train and “steal” their best movements. Also, there are tons of materials online from which you can learn. The more tricks and techniques you know, the better since you will see and understand your weaknesses. But, the internet is also full of boxing training tips.

5. Correct breathing technique

Do not hold your breath! Do not forget you should exhale when you punch. The right breathing technique, while boxing is crucial to have the energy for the whole workout. Plus, you can handle the body shots reaching you better as well. If you are totally out of breath, inform your trainer and have time to calm down.

6. Keep your head up

Many beginners look on the floor while they punch the bag or spare. Big mistake! How do you know where your opponent is and what he is doing if you cannot see him?

James’ “frame chart” is a great visual aid for beginner head movement. Credit: warriorpunch.com

7. Get harder workouts gradually

As with all other sports, you should start slowly and gradually increase the length and hardness of your boxing training. If you push yourself to the limit from the first days, you will get tired fast, both mentally and physically. Your body and mind need time to get used to this type of workout. You do not want to quit after a month, do you?

8. Proper boxing stance

No matter if you hit the punching bag or fight with someone, always keep the proper boxing stances. This state will help you to throw more powerful punches and support the defense. Also, it provides better stability, flexibility, mobility, and balance. Here is a useful discussion on the topic.

9. Hands high and elbows down

If you watch a boxing match, you can see fighters lowering their arms, but since you are a beginner, you should not do that yet. Always keep your hands high and your elbows low, close to your body. Keep this position even if you punch a heavy bag. Also, keep your chin down.

Watch the video to learn the proper position.

10. Keep hitting

If you spare with someone or you punch a heavy bag, keep hitting no matter what. Your contestant should know you are not quieter.

11. Be focused

In the ring, there is no time to lose your focus. Your opponent waits for that one second when you do not focus on knocking you out. When you hit the bag, imagine you are fighting with someone and keep concentrate as if you are in a real fight.

12. Throw body punches

Do not only train for hitting the head. Body shots are vital. Hit the body of your opponent from every angle. As it is said,

Hit the body and the head will follow!

13. Keep your opponent wondering what your next punch will be

If you always throw the same punches and combos, your opponent will quickly find the way to protect himself and find your weaknesses. So, keep them guessing. This way, he will also get tired in mind sooner or later and lose his focus.

14. Footwork

Good footwork is vital for defensive and offensive reasons. It is as essential as the correct ways to punch. During sparring or heavy bag training, always move but keep the proper boxing stance. Have your ever seen fighters standing in front of each other during the who match? I guess you haven’t. It is a critical boxing technique.

Here are ten useful the footwork boxing tips

15. Have fun

I have tried several sports in my life, but none of them makes me so excited as boxing. I know I’m not going to be a fighter, but this exercise has helped me to release stress and boost my endurance. As with everything, do not take it too seriously unless you want to be the next Tyson. Of course, you should give your best while training, but do not make it boring.

16. Essential boxing equipment for home

To learn the basics, you don’t need any equipment at all. I mean, you start with shadow boxing to get familiar with footwork, stance, and punches. That’s the best way to get used to the martial art. For conditioning running, jumping rope and bodyweight exercises (push ups, sit ups pull ups) will do.

The next step is to get boxing gear. A free-standing or a hanging heavy bag will do to practice the learned boxing techniques, plus to develop punching power. Other types of punching bags that are worth considering are the speed bag or double end bag that helps improve hand-eye coordination, hand speed, rhythm, and other defensive and offensive boxing skills. There are different types of punching bags, but most of them are for advanced fighters.

To protect your hand, you should also invest in hand wrap and gloves.

Need a heavy bag for home?

17. Always wear boxing gloves

The joints and small bones of the hand and wrist are very vulnerable to huge impacts, so always use gloves and wrap your hands before hitting the bag. That is particularly important if you do a boxing workout for developing punching power. Anyway, I always wear gloves no matter what type of training I do since that is how it goes in the boxing ring.

18. Get a boxing coach

Well, not everyone wants to be the next Mike Tyson, most of us practice boxing to get better in shape or develop self-confidence. The best way to learn boxing is to get a membership for boxing gym where they teach you the basics and get inspired by others. If you can’t afford to join a gym, there are tons of sources online from which you can learn and get boxing tips. A good example is expertboxing.com, where Johnny offers fantastic free tutorials for beginner boxers.

These are just a few boxing tips for beginners, but maybe they are the most important ones. As you develop both mentally and physically, and the various techniques come naturally, you will be able to pick more professional technical skills. Just keep in mind that boxing is like any other sport; you should practice, practice, and practice. If you want to train at home, look around on this website to find reviews of at-home equipment.