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Old 07-12-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default Shadowboxing is the most underrated form of training

1. It requires no equipment.

2. It simulates a fight if you use visualisation techniques.

3. It is superior for developing speed compared to a heavy bag.

4. You can practice every punch perfectly, whereas on mitts/bag you have to adjust your punch unnaturally to hit a false target.

5. It trains your footwork if you do it properly; this is hard on a heavy bag as the focus is on punching all the time.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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fapping is up there, IMO
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:58 AM   #5
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^^ hahahahahahahaha!!!

OP - have to agree, shadow boxing slow sometimes too, full range of motion, make sure the technique is spot on and every punch is thrown correctly. I'd rather shadow box to warm my muscles up, and "drill technique" as opposed to doing it fast all of the time. Although dont get me wrong, both ways have their place.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #6
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I didnt really know what i was doing with shadowboxing until i had sparred, but yeah now i know what im supposed to be doing its great
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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I didnt really know what i was doing with shadowboxing until i had sparred, but yeah now i know what im supposed to be doing its great
Same here. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't really "visualize" my opponent while shadowboxing at first. It's probably because up until that point I've never had an opponent, so my shadowboxing seemed more robotic and drill-based. It's amazing how much more natural it felt after just one sparring session, and how much it continues to improve the more I spar. I think shadowboxing inside the ring helped me a lot more with the visualization than sparring in front of a mirror too.

I decided to record myself shadowboxing today to see if I can pick up on any mistakes or areas that need improvement. It's the first time I've ever seen myself box and I've already noticed some bad habits that I never knew I had.
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:25 PM   #8
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Have you noticed the guy in the Mirror, if you are orthodox, He is always a Southpaw. Must be good for fighting Southpaws.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:14 PM   #9
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1. It requires no equipment.

2. It simulates a fight if you use visualisation techniques.

3. It is superior for developing speed compared to a heavy bag.

4. You can practice every punch perfectly, whereas on mitts/bag you have to adjust your punch unnaturally to hit a false target.

5. It trains your footwork if you do it properly; this is hard on a heavy bag as the focus is on punching all the time.
6. it's a great cardio workout
agree with your list
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:48 AM   #10
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Some weeks thats all we will do, Shadow Box
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:44 AM   #11
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If done properly yes, I've seen some mother ****ers choreographing like they are trying to be on Dancing with the Stars or some shit. Shadowboxing can reek phenomenL benefits, I think when done it should be done with trainer or another set of eyes. If done alot your prone to develop habits, good or bad. I am for it with a other set of eyes present so holes, and bad habits being developed can be caught early before they become habitual.....and take alot more time and energy/work to correct/re-build.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #12
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I agree...w out trainers watching you....the intensity is not there...or its there but at the expense of something else.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:29 AM   #13
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This idea might not be a popular one. But seeing as how shadow boxing is huge aspect of a training routine, it would be cool to watch videos of you guys (active posters) shadow boxing. There are different ways to approach this drill, so I'm hoping that some of guys are up for sharing this under-rated part of the game.
I'll post a video of myself and our gym this week if possible.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:47 AM   #14
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Agreed. Like poster above mentioned, one can be prone to develop bad habits. It's fairly useless without set goals to practice but its like a sketch pad for artists, a great tool for progress when in the thick of heavy training and instruction.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:46 AM   #15
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I love shadowboxing. Most of my training involves it. You can easily train anywhere with just a handheld timer and a sauna suit and do rounds working on something different. I'll usually do 10 rounds with each round working on something specific like:

-one round jab only
-one round all lead hand punches
-one round straight right
-one round rear hand punches

All of these with footwork and head movement worked in.

Then fill the rest of the rounds with punching combos and head movement that simulate drills you do on the mitts.
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