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Old 02-19-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Coach says I'm too flat footed

My coach says I'm too flat footed, that I need to be more on the tip of my toes.

I don't really get what he means though. When I try to do it, it seems like I'm always on the border of losing balance.

Anyone have any suggestions or exercises that could help me, it would be very appreciated.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:24 PM   #2
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How long have you been boxing and how often do you train?
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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Get on the balls of you feet, practice staying on you toes when your doing your circles in the ring
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:07 PM   #4
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In most cases it means your agility isn't what it should be yet. Basically anything that requires you to move around quickly would help. Play some tennis, run backwards and sidewards, do ladder drills, etc.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:23 PM   #5
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How long have you been boxing and how often do you train?
4 months, 3 classes a week.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:25 PM   #6
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In most cases it means your agility isn't what it should be yet. Basically anything that requires you to move around quickly would help. Play some tennis, run backwards and sidewards, do ladder drills, etc.
What kind of ladder drills?

Do you have any idea of specific exercises I should do?
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:13 PM   #7
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Practice walking around on your tippy toes.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:36 PM   #8
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Also I'm not talking strictly while sparring, on pads and heavy bags too.
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My coach says I'm too flat footed, that I need to be more on the tip of my toes.

I don't really get what he means though. When I try to do it, it seems like I'm always on the border of losing balance.

Anyone have any suggestions or exercises that could help me, it would be very appreciated.
It sounds like you just have to condition yourself mentally to stay on the balls of your feet. It could also, possibly, be a situation where you need to strengthen your calf muscles through agility drills and the like.
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #10
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Usually being flatfooted means being immobile. He could stand on his toes but he'd probably still be immobile. In my own case it was simply not being agile enough. You don't fix that with a simple exercise, it improved over time by sparring, shadowboxing (with lots of movement), road work (not just forward, switch directions a lot), etc.
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:50 AM   #11
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What he probably means is that you are flat footed when you are punching rather than walking around on tiptoe.

Punches are "done from the toe" i.e. when throwing a hook you should pivot off the lead toe. A straight right should see the back of your foot come up etc.

You shouldnt be standing on tiptoe as you will be unbalanced.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:07 AM   #12
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Usually being flatfooted means being immobile. He could stand on his toes but he'd probably still be immobile. In my own case it was simply not being agile enough. You don't fix that with a simple exercise, it improved over time by sparring, shadowboxing (with lots of movement), road work (not just forward, switch directions a lot), etc.

Well he did mention me being ''heavy'' when I move. Like my feet are just too planted strongly on the ground and it's making me slow and heavy on my movements.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:42 AM   #13
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Skipping. Stay on the balls of your feet, alternate between each leg and bring each leg up as far as you can without straining yourself.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:24 AM   #14
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Two things.

When you jump rope, always do all you can to remain on the tip of your toes. When you start getting comfy doing so, try moving around, either to go to someone, or moving to your left and right, while jumping rope. This will give you some control.

Then, in the ring, practice shadow boxing on the tip of your toes. In the beginning, you may find it hard to really move around. With a bit of practice, it will come.
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:32 PM   #15
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Two things.

When you jump rope, always do all you can to remain on the tip of your toes. When you start getting comfy doing so, try moving around, either to go to someone, or moving to your left and right, while jumping rope. This will give you some control.

Then, in the ring, practice shadow boxing on the tip of your toes. In the beginning, you may find it hard to really move around. With a bit of practice, it will come.

Do you mean really really on the tip of my toes, or just feet on the ground but more weight on the front of the foot?
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