Boxing for Kids

People often ask me what’s the youngest age I take students in my boxing school. Well, kids who are registered through USA boxing can compete starting at eight years old. I handle the registration for USA boxing at my gym.

The benefits for kids boxing at a young age is a better development of their bio motor abilities such as balance, coordination, timing, speed, agility, etc. Kids boxing at this young age better serves them in other sports as again, their bio motor abilities are enhanced from the boxing training.

What’s in the workout?

Another question I get is what exactly the boxing workout consists of for kids. Well, we jump rope, perform footwork drills, shadow box, work the heavy bags, double end bags, the punch mitts, speed bags, perform defensive drills, conditioning work, perform abdominal core exercises, and body weight exercises such as push ups and squats.

This is why kids boxing helps them grow athletically faster than just little league baseball or soccer. Its all the different skipping, bounding, and other unique movements that develops their nervous systems to function better and that’s key in athletic performance. How developed is the nervous system. if it has never been challenged then the kid will display that by sub par athleticism.

Kids boxing workouts make them better boxers.

Of course the above kids boxing workout outline will make them better boxers too! Just making sure you understand that! From self defense, competition, to self confidence which comes form learning self defense and also competing, boxing workouts for kids changes kids for the better!

Feel free to contact me at 614-940-6049 or with any questions or to set up a day and time to come by my gym.

The Truth About Shadow Boxing.

Shadow boxing is often just viewed as a warm up before the boxing workout. How untrue this is! Shadow boxing serves to warm and prep the body for the upcoming workout but there’s far more to it than that.

More importantly, shadow boxing helps you to groove the skills you have been taught.

It is best to shadow box in front of a mirror were you can monitor your technique that has been taught to you. I often say… the mirror doesn’t lie. Once you know what to look for, it’s impossible to have bad technique in front of the mirror!

If you really focus on what you’re doing while shadow boxing then progression in skill is heightened. Your trainer won’t have to keep barking at you to keep your hands up or throw that hook right when your working the bags. He will be very pleased to see your fast progression do to your commitment of solid technique when shadow boxing.

Great fighters will tell you, that when they shadow box and move around the ring they envision real situations that may come up in the ring. They envision having an opponent in front of them. From offensive combos, to defensive tactics, all is covered.

Look at an experienced fighter’s body language and eyes while they shadow box. It shows they are in a different world. Indeed they are, a world where they see themselves dominating. You wonder why these fighters get so good? Because they see themselves doing it first in the gym and during their shadow boxing.

Think about that next time you shadow box. This is what we think about when we train in my Columbus Ohio boxing gym.