We Know, as established already, that if your plan is to sit down with your feet up eating snacks and gaming all day everyday than chances are you’re not going to be getting them muscle gains, and most certainly, won’t be getting that boxing technique down to a t! Despite this, don’t feel that you’re never out of the game, you can treat yourself and not feel guilty about it as long as you put the work in to make up or it both before and after the treat and break. Your treat day can be anything! Whether it’s a night out with some pals up the town on the drinks, or a day in your room gaming with some fellas and a takeaway! If you know you’ve earned it than you don’t need to fret, you’ve got no guilt over treating yourself here and there. However, the one thing I will point out is the importance of not getting your rest day mixed up with your treat day. Rest day isn’t treat day! Treat day is once a month whereas rest day is maybe two times a week. The difference is that on your rest day, you can still maybe get up n walk around or do a brief cardio session just to stay on your toes, but you don’t sway from keeping up your eating habits and dieting so for example, I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying a massive takeaway. On your treat day you can do whatever you want, within reason, because at the end of the day, it’s a treat so come on old bean put your feet up today, you’ve earned it!
Last time we covered the basics and how to build from the ground up with basic jabs and punches. This week we’ll build up on that and concentrate on hooks and uppercuts. As said last week, they key to learning these quickly and effectively is to start slow, forget about applying power to the swing and slowly build up the speed, adding the strength and power as you go.
If we start with the uppercut, the best way to get to grips with this punch is to take up the basic boxing stance discussed last time. Following from this you’ve got to consider what hand you’re throwing the punch with. If its your leading hand, your jab hand, that you’d drop your arm and rapidly bring it up with the aim of either sustaining a blow to your opponents stomach or head. As you raise your arm up you’d twist your front foot out slightly but quickly as it allows you to twist your body more, allowing a faster and more powerful punch. Its the same with your other hand although it’ll most likely be much more powerful, given that you twist the back foot out to allow the body to twist providing more power to the swing. An uppercut is arguably the most important punch when you’ve got your opponent against the ropes and you can unleash a barrage of blows to both the stomach and head while they try and protect themselves. Even if they put their arms around you to limit how many punches you can throw, it’ll be easier than a hook to successfully land a hit as you can go up the middle between the arms and hit critical areas.
Similarly to this, a hook is another type of throw that can have effective results on an opponent. It follows the same principle of the uppercut, if you’re swinging with your jab hand, you swing your arm out and twist the corresponding foot to allow more strength in the swing, if it’s your rear hand than you swing forward while twisting the rear foot. It’s best to try and keep your elbow bent at about 90 degrees, keeping your hand at shoulder height while throwing a hook as this will allow you to target either the body or the head, which ever is less protected and more vulnerable.
To show how effective uppercuts and hooks can be, here are 10 expert examples of world champion boxer Mike Tyson showing how they can be applied to devastate and knockout any opponent, arguably much more effective than any jab or cross: