Shadowboxing is one of the most practical boxing drills you can do. You don’t need any equipment or gear, you just need to make the effort to do it. Aside from being one of the best ways to practice your punching, it’s a great workout as well.
When done correctly, shadowboxing has numerous benefits. If you’ve never tried it before, here are three reasons why you should:
1) It Increases Your Hand Speed
Shadowboxing is great way to improve your hand speed. As a beginner, it’s important to take it slow and focus on performing your punching technique correctly. Once you’ve learned the technique, concentrate on the speed and explosiveness of your punches. Over time, this will make your shoulders and arms more nimble and flexible. If you want to make it more challenging, you can even try punching with very light weights in your hands.
2) It Improves Your Fitness and Conditioning
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Even if you’re not a fighter, shadowboxing is still a great way to get into shape. Most people think throwing punches is all in your arms; they’re wrong. Shadowboxing stimulates all of the muscles in your body, from your calves to your neck. It also burns a ton of calories. Doing shadowboxing drills on a weekly basis in addition to your regular workout routine is a great way to get into shape.
3) It Improves Balance and Coordination
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Constantly concentrating on a technical exercise that stimulates every muscle in your body will help you improve your balance and coordination. Shadowboxing requires focus. You’re not just aimlessly throwing your fists in the air, you’re imagining an opponent in front of you and your trying to hit him as accurately and efficiently as possible. Doing this for long periods of time will give you a better overall feeling of your own body mechanics.