I want to make it clear since powerlifting is the primary focus, at the moment boxing is for fun/conditioning.
I like combat and want to get better at it. I also feel I have the recovery abilities and time to train both and get better at both.
I appreciate the routine and will begin doing something along those line.
You will get better at both, but just very slowly on the boxing end.
Just for clarification I want to know the purpose of each activity, I think I kind of know but want to make sure.
Bag - Build power in your punches.
Speed Bag - Make hands faster.
Jump Rope - Footwork and Balance.
Jogging - Endurance in the ring.
Focus Mitts - Work Combinations. I really need a boxing gym because I only have one friend that knows how to hold them, had someone else who is getting into this as well try and had a less than stellar workout. Felt like I was punching thin air.
Shadowboxing - Work on technique.[/quote]
Well this is a bit tricky. That’s a breakdown that I would have given you before I started boxing, but in reality, that’s not how it functions (in my opinion.)
They all overlap heavily, and one tool is not specifically for one thing. But the closest I can give you is probably this -
The heavy bag is not going to “build power” by increasing strength. It’s going to give you a fairly accurate measure of power involving several facets of punching, though, and it’s going to force you to perfect your range, distancing, and technique - because once you know how a punch is SUPPOSED to sound, anything that happens on the heavy bag otherwise you’ll find to be dissatisfying. It’s going to get your stringing your combos together well, and it’s going to be the mainstay of your practice.
The speed bag doesn’t really increase hand speed, but it does help you develop rhythm, timing, and raise your endurance. It will greatly increase your hand-eye coordination, and if you can keep your hands up for six minutes at the end of your workout, your delts are becoming accustomed to the workload. It’s also going to get you understanding when and where you can hit something as it approaches you (timing). It’s probably the least important part of your workout, so you do that last unless you’re intentionally trying to pre-exhaust yourself.
The jump rope is going to help your balance, is essential for your footwork skills, and is great for endurance as well. It will help to kind of “beat the whiteness out of you” as i like to say… we’re not exactly born with slick skills or good footwork.
The pads are for combinations, but so is the heavy bag. The pads are sometimes controversial because some think too much importance is placed on them, but I’ve always found them to be extremely helpful. I can tell by the snap if I’m distanced right, or throwing my punches well, and it helps to have someone physically coming at you while you’re throwing punches. Depending who does the pads with you, it can alternately work your footwork heavily, your defensive skills, and the like.
Your shadowboxing is possibly the most important part of the entire thing, and it’s where every piece comes together. Working on your own by throwing punches, slipping and ducking, moving and pivoting and throwing all while visualizing another fighter coming at you is going to put everything together. It’s where you’re going to develop your style, where you’re going to fix your mistakes, and where you’re going to perfect the technique that you’ve developed with your coach. Shadowbox constantly, all the time, without fail. It’s the most important part of your game.
And running is your base of endurance. It’s great for keeping weight steady, increasing ring endurance, and learning how to function when you’re totally out of breath and dying. Do sprints, do long distance runs, do everything, do it constantly. And I don’t give a shit what any fake ass internet guru tells you - fucking complexes won’t do dick for you in the boxing ring, and if you don’t run, YOU WILL SUCK AS A FIGHTER.
If you want to box in ANY capacity, you must have a coach. You must. If you don’t, you’re going to ingrain shitty habits that will turn into big problems later on. You need a coach. Get a coach. Make sure of it.