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Who'd have thought Learning to Box was Simply Baby Steps...?

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Who’d Have Thought Learning To Box Was Simply Baby Steps?

To many people, the idea of learning to box seems so out of reach, they simply never give it a go.

And understandably so… With icons like Mohammed Ali, Rocky Graziano and Manny Pacquiao firmly etched in our minds, as they dance around the ring performing moves most of us could only dream about, it’s easy to see why.

But the truth is, having years of experience successfully coaching many newbie boxers into great fighters, the reality is, learning to box is actually very much like learning to walk.

Walking might have once seemed impossible at one point, but with consistent effort, it’s now so easy you may even take it for granted.

As the writing coach Dan Kennedy says “Just about everything you do easily now was once difficult to do”. And he’s right. Think about it for a second…

These days you probably walk to your local shops with very little effort and without giving it a second’s thought.

You simply pop on your trainers, and putting one foot in front of the other, before you know it, you’re in the shop picking up some snacks.

In fact, you do it so unconsciously, you may even be on your mobile talking to your mates whilst you’re walking down the street.

But here’s the crazy part… There was actually a time in your life when you didn’t know how to walk at all!

That’s right, as a toddler you probably stumbled along and then fell flat on your bum over and over, before you ever managed to develop the skill of walking.

Thankfully though, with the right encouragement and support, you managed to eventually learn how to walk.

And since then, walking has just become a “hard wired” skill for you. This one skill alone has likely given you numerous benefits over the years.

For example…

You’ve since used this skill to walk to school…

To walk around at work…

And to get to the gym…

Or if you drive… well, at least to get from the gym car park, through the gym doors. ;)

But whatever the case, you’ve developed a skill that has served you for the rest of your life! And boxing is very much the same.

It’s simply a series of skills that you can learn through small baby steps to perform and eventually even master. Becoming a great boxer can be broken down into simple parts. Parts that by drilling them over and over, you’ll be able to perform, better and better.

A bit like “wax on and wax off” on the Karate Kid!

So you may be wondering how you can actually develop your boxing skills?

Well, over the years we’ve created and refined a very simple, yet highly effective proven process for taking all our clients, from complete beginner’s level, to Fight Night ready competitors!

From zero to hero if you like!

Basically, our unique proven process will take you from wherever you are at right now, no matter how inexperienced you happen to be or how nervous you feel, to the level of skill and confidence you need to step in the ring on fight night.

You’ll not only feel confident, but we’ll also make sure you are competent enough to not only compete, but also stand a great chance of winning your fight.

So here’s an overview of the process we use to help our clients get results.

The Elite Fitness 4 Step Boxing Process

Step 1) Footwork

Step 2) Punching Technique

Step 3) Defence

Step 4) Fitness

Now whilst each of the above steps relate to each other, let’s take a moment to look at each of the 4 steps individually to keep things simple.

Here it is…

The Elite Fitness 4 Step Boxing Process

Step 1) Footwork

Step 2) Punching Technique

Step 3) Defence

Step 4) Fitness

Now whilst each of the above steps relate to each other, let’s take a moment to look at each of the 4 steps individually to keep things simple.

Step 1) Footwork

Footwork is crucial to your success as a boxer. Many inexperienced folks believe being a great boxer is all about your ability to throw a great punch, and whilst that’s partly true, your chances of success as a boxer will be greatly improved by having good footwork.

Why is footwork so important? Well, first off, you ability to throw a great punch comes from you ability to have the right stance when throwing a punch. You may wish to think of you feet and legs as your foundation. Just like a chair. If the legs are unstable, it will eventually fall over or even break. However, if the legs are stable, it will be able to support more weight and will last a long time.

The same is true of your footwork. If your feet are properly positioned when you’re throwing punches, you’ll not only be able to generate more force, you’ll actually be able to expend less energy, which means you’ll be able to keep fighting for longer.

Another reason footwork is so important is because it allows you move around the ring more effectively.

Great footwork will help you move out of range of your opponents punches, so you take less hits. Think of the greats like Mohammed Ali and Naseem Hamed who had developed their footwork to a fine art and were able to avoid the blows of many of their larger and more powerful opponents.

Footwork is also very important because it can help keep you well balanced and stable should you take a punch. What this means is you’ll be able to absorb the punch with greater ease and allow you to stay standing, instead of falling over. Great footwork will allow you to quickly get out of the way of your opponent and increase your chances of success in the ring.

Because of this, we teach a variety of drills to help you improve your footwork, ranging from easy and intermediate, to advanced level. These drills include things things such as ladder drills and shadow boxing. You’ll receive professional instruction from our coaches in things such as ladder drills, hip rotations, 2 foot slaloms as well as lateral movements and pivots.

Now you may be wondering how long it takes to improve your footwork, and whilst everyone is different, many of our students have seen dramatic improvement in their footwork in just a matter of a few hours of practice!

Step 2) Punching Technique

Ok, so here’s everyone’s favourite part. Punching technique!

Wether that’s a powerful hook, a slick uppercut or a lightening fast jab, everyone wants to know how to throw a great punch, and rightly so.

Ultimately you’ll have to be able to throw and land effective punches if you want to win your fight. And complimented with proper footwork, you’ll be in the perfect place to develop a whole range of skilful punches.

So what makes a great punch?

Power is one important element, but speed, accuracy and efficiency are also very important. After all, there’s no point in generating a lot of power when you throw a punch, if you waste all your energy throwing it and then fail to hit the target. Your opponent.

That’s why we focus on developing each aspect of punching, to help you become effective at throwing throwing and landing them.

We use a series of proven drills to help you achieve that. You’ll receive instruction and training on effective bag work as well as pad work. Again, moving you from easy and intermediate level, to advanced level. One simple step at a time.

Our coaches will teach you how to throw punches including fast double jabs, left and right hooks, as well as body and head shot combinations. You’ll also get to practice in a variety of settings.

These range from practicing your punches on heavy bags, where you can develop your punching power… As well as taking part in pad work, where you can focus on throwing punches, whilst also learning how to avoid counter attacks.

You’ll also get the opportunity to work on your punching speed and endurance using continuous punching drills against the clock. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a whole toolkit of moves at your disposal.

Plus, everything is taught in a safe and professional environment, which means you’ll get to learn and develop your skills, whilst also staying safe at the same time.

Step 3) Defence

Defence is also very important. Whilst footwork and punching technique will help you win, defence will help you keep you safe in the process.

You’ll learn how to use your hands and arms to protect yourself from incoming punches, as well as how to combine it with your footwork drills to even avoid being punched at all.

We use a range of techniques to help you develop your defence, including pad work drills and well as rope drills where you lean to hit and move.

CTA Take a look at our video library to see the different types of exercises and skills you’ll get to learn to help turn you from a beginner into an effective boxer.

Step 4) Fitness

No great boxing program would be complete without fitness. Ultimately, whilst footwork, punching technique and defence are the tools you’ll use to win, fitness is the fuel you’ll use to keep you going to the finishing line.

By developing your fitness levels, you’ll be able to get the most out of every skill you’ll develop as part of your boxing training.

The better your fitness level…

The faster you’ll move…

The harder you’ll hit…

And the more you’ll be able to defend yourself.

So fitness is a crucial component to your success.

Thankfully we have a range of proven exercises to help you quickly develop your fitness levels.

These metabolic conditioning (aka Met Con) exercises are specifically designed to develop your fitness levels and make you a better boxer. These exercise include squat jumps, medicine ball slams, battling ropes, shuttle runs and many more.

So there you have it.

Our 4 step, proven system that we’ve used time and time again to help take complete boxing novices and develop them into confident, skilful boxers. And you could be next!

And don’t just take our word for it, here’s what one of our past Fight Club members had to say about the whole experience.

Now the best part of working with us is you won’t be expected to figure any of it out by yourself.

You’ll get the expert help from experienced teachers and coaches, to help encourage and support you every step along the way.

In fact, that’s what we pride ourselves at doing, here at Elite Fitness.

Over the last decade alone we’ve helped train and coach well over XXXX clients to get in shape and improve their boxing skills.

We’ve helped take “average Joe’s” from complete novice boxers, to skilled fighters who’ve competed and won at our prestigious white collar boxing event called “Fight Night” held at the Vale Hotel.

Take a look at what some of our recent client had to say after joining us on our Instagram here : http://bit.ly/2moksez

And we’d love to help you do the same.

Just drop us a line at info@elitefitness.co.uk or call us on 02920 555272 and we’ll get you started...

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