Shadowboxing isn’t just a mindless warm-up! ?
I showed this to my fighters the other day to have them pay attention to the subtle things Floyd does while shadowboxing. He shadowboxes like he’s actually in the ring – focusing on several concepts such as:
- setting traps
- using feints
- anticipating punches and counters
- flurrying off the ropes
- pivoting to regain center control
- shifting southpaw
- changing levels
- drawing his (imaginary) opponent in for a check hook,
- and more.
The full videos only a single round but he still works through all of the aforementioned different situations. ?
This is why I remind my fighters to really visualize being in there with an opponent when they shadowbox. The Cuban amateur team has a very heavy emphasis on shadowboxing and its a big part of their success. ??
Rather than focusing on specific combinations, I like to break down my boxing lessons into themes. Boxing is like a game of chess, with an infinite number of iterations of the combinations, counter-punches, defensive maneuvers, and footwork that can be implemented at different times. In our online boxing course, I break down the different ways of thinking of your shadowboxing into different themes (combinations on the inside, outside, against a southpaw, against a taller fighter, etc.). Try and implement these all into your shadowboxing rounds!