Shadow boxing is an effective tool for boxers who want to improve their craft. Here's a step by step guide to shadow boxing.
Shadow boxing is when a boxer practices his boxing skills with an imaginary opponent. In shadow boxing, the boxer jabs and punches the air in front of him in an attempt to practice his jabs or hooks.
Types of Shadow boxing techniques
Believe it or not, there are many different types of Shadow boxing techniques and styles. There are movement shadow boxing, pivot and T frame shadow boxing, slow motion shadow boxing, shadow boxing with a mouthpiece and shadow boxing with weights.
How to make shadow boxes
Movement shadow boxing
These shadow box plans are used by boxers to practice their rhythm and movement. The ultimate goal in this shadow box art form is not throw any punches but to work on moving around and on the boxer's agility in his boxing stance. Move forwards, backwards, to each side while at the same time visualize how the feet should be moving in tandem with the punches being thrown. Pivot and T Frame shadow boxing This technique sees the boxer practicing maintaining the shadowbox frame or the T frame. To maintain the T frame, keep the shoulders above the knee and pivot while you throw punches or jabs. The boxer may move around the circle but emphasis is on maintaining the T frame and on pivoting.
Shadow box frames
Shadow boxing an imaginary opponent is a useful tool for any boxer who wants to hone his craft. The boxer will shadow box in front of a mirror. In this way the boxer can see when he leaves himself open to attack and also identify his areas of weakness.
How can creating a shadow picture be of help to the boxer?
To an onlooker, it may seem like a waste of time or like vanity but in truth, creating a shadow picture shows the boxer what his opponent will see. This technique will iron out any chinks in the boxer's game plan before he steps in the ring.
Shadow boxing with weights
This adds a new dynamic to the shadow box frames. Start off small, using light dumbbells in either hand as you shadow box. The additional weight will help to simulate the boxing gloves and is good practice for the young boxer. These shadow box crafts should be done with care and with the guidance of a skilled professional. Keep slugging guys!