Shadowboxing is one of the most important skills to learn, especially when you are a beginner, and especially now that most folks lack training partners.
For some, it can be easy to dismiss shadowboxing as a fruitless endeavor (plus, it kinda looks silly), so I’m first going to go over the benefits as to why you should shadowbox and then show you a nice 5-minute shadowboxing workout.
Shadowboxing is the best combination of a physical and mental warmup you can do. Shadowboxing is the activity that most resembles fighting and has the least amount of impact, meaning it’s the closest possible thing you can do to fighting while warming yourself up so you don’t get injured and so that you can make the most of your training ahead.
Speaking of being ready for the training ahead, you don't just need your body to be ready - you also need your mind to be prepared. How tuned in your mind is...
Recently, we’ve been talking a lot about getting your heavy bag and working out with them. A heavy bag is a great tool for any nak muay to have at any time, especially in times like now... but they can be expensive and you might not be able to set one up in the place you live.
This leaves those of us without a heavy bag with even fewer options when it comes to our solo Muay Thai training. This means that most of us are going to have to stick to shadow boxing to get our training fix. This sounds straightforward enough, but shadow boxing is, like most things in Muay Thai, a lot harder than it looks.
It takes a lot of focus and intent to shadow box correctly and to get a workout from it. This means it can be hard to start shadow boxing without a coach or someone else guiding you along, especially if you are somewhat new to Muay Thai.
So, to help you out we’ve compiled three of our best shadow boxing...
Shadowboxing is an extremely effective method of training, and it is training that can be done anywhere and without any training partners.
However, this method of training may seem inferior to pad work or bag work because the same stimulus of a partner or impact on a bag is not there, but it is not inferior. It is a necessary supplement.
When you are hitting pads or hitting the bag, it is easy to let yourself flail and let how powerful a strike feels tell you whether or not you’re doing a good job. “Blasted the bag with a kick and produced a loud bang. I’m doing awesome!” impact and how you feel is not a good judge.
When you are shadowboxing, you get a chance to pay attention to your body, how it’s moving, how balanced you are, how smooth everything is, whether your whole body is working together, etc.
These are all crucial factors in determining how effective of a fighter...
If you half ass or skip shadow boxing you probably don’t understand how much it negatively effects your Muay Thai technique (and overall work ethic).
Most people think it is boring and only a warm up to the actual Muay Thai training session… but it’s not.
Shadow boxing the best place to take your Muay Thai technique to the next level. If you take the time to flow with your techniques, be creative with your combinations and feel how your muscles, joints and limbs move, you will become more self-aware which is key to being your own teacher.
If you just go through the motions and do a round or two of shadow boxing without putting your mind into it, you’re missing the point. Having intention and focus behind everything you do will dramatically improve your learning curve...
By Sean Fagan
For many souls, the gym is our home away from home. But what if our home was our gym…wouldn’t that be nice?
This post is going to go over training in any environment, with minimal equipment, no partners and only your body.
The hope is that this post will challenge you to embrace positive constraints. That may sound like an oxymoron, but one ought to run with the understanding that there are times where it’s better to find the right box to think in than trying to think outside the box.
A proper set of constraints forces you into a position where thinking laterally is the only option.
This post encourages you to ask questions such as:
“How would I be training if I had no sparring partners available to me?”
“How would I train punching power without a heavybag or mitt work?”,
“How could I emulate the conditions of a fight with no tools?”