As part of our ongoing #shadowboxraw campaign, we’re challenging you to undertake Shadowboxing as part of your lifestyle.
Breaking Down The Physical Benefits
Following on from Shadowboxing for the Mind and the mental benefits that come from moving meditation, the focus turns to the physical advantages.
At first glance, Shadowboxing may not seem more than a simple warm-up for training but it provides great benefits for the entire body; enhancing technique, movement, fitness and muscle memory. The practice of throwing punches at the air or aimed at an imaginary opponent, mimicking moves that will be used in sparring and later in fights; this prepares the muscles and increases overall heart rate. All physical attributes come together and flow while going through the motions; throwing punches with personal goals in sight.
Technique: The perfect opportunity to work on form without any pressure of shots coming back; perfecting foot movement and correct punch fundamentals. Drill and reinforce muscle memory until it all becomes second nature.
Fitness: Challenging the body by increasing the speed of shots and punch output to develop shoulders, arms, chest and leg muscles while burning calories. Any time, anywhere, go through different rhythms and work up a sweat.
Preparation: Getting the body ready for movements of a fight scenario. Not only repeating punch variety but developing the crucial basics of movement and balance; therefore improving defence.