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The Beginner's Bible to Amateur Boxing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Journey at Anointed Hands Boxing

Updated: Jan 18

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Welcoming Novices to Anointed Hands

Anointed Hands Boxing prides itself on being a gym that welcomes boxing novices with open arms. We understand that the first time walking into a boxing gym can be incredibly intimidating. You may feel unsure about your abilities or nervous about not having any prior boxing experience. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where complete beginners feel comfortable embarking on their amateur boxing journey.

1.Initial Considerations Before Starting Boxing

The first step before embarking on your amateur boxing journey is doing an honest assessment of your current fitness level and setting realistic goals. Don't compare yourself to others or aim for unattainable targets right away - set small, achievable goals and build up gradually.

It's also crucial to pick a suitable time to start training based on your schedule. Consistency is key, so make sure you can realistically commit multiple days per week for training without overburdening your schedule. Try to avoid extended periods away or long breaks in your routine, especially as a beginner.

Finally, be sure to obtain any necessary medical clearances before starting an intense physical activity like boxing. Consult your physician and disclose any medical conditions or injuries, as boxing can exacerbate joint, cardiac, neurological or other health issues. Receiving the green light from your doctor gives you peace of mind to start training safely.

The right goals, sensible timing and medical clearances form the foundation to start your amateur boxing endeavor on the right foot. With dedication and commitment, you'll be on your way to mastering the sweet science!

2.Basic Skills Taught at Anointed Hands

At Anointed Hands Boxing, we require each member that has never competed as a amateur to commit 6 months to 1 year of training. The trainings can be in our group classes or you can opt for semi-private or private lessons. Our coaches focus on teaching the fundamentals of boxing to provide beginners with a solid foundation. One of the first skills coaches instill is the proper boxing stance and footwork.

The stance is the boxer's foundation. Beginners will learn how to stand with their dominant foot back, distribute weight evenly, and keep their guard up. Coaches emphasize rotating on the ball of the back foot and pushing off with the front foot for movement. Short steps help maintain balance and quick footwork enables defense against punches.

New boxers also learn essential punching techniques, from proper fist formation to developing effective jabs, crosses, hooks and uppercuts. Each punch requires rotation of core muscles and hips to generate power. Beginners start with basic 1-2 combinations, repeatedly practicing the jab-cross rhythm.

Developing hand-eye coordination is another fundamental skill built through repetition of slipping punches and hitting focus mitts. Coaches focus on building muscle memory so movements become natural reactions over time. With consistent practice, beginners gain the reflexes and coordination vital for amateur boxing.

The dedicated coaches provide constant feedback and encouragement to beginners as they build proficiency in the basic boxing skills of stance, footwork, punching, and hand-eye coordination. These fundamentals prepare novices for advancing to the next stages of their amateur boxing journey.

3.Maximizing the Beginner Experience

One of the most important tips for beginners is to maximize your experience at the gym right from the start. Here are some key ways to make the most of your amateur boxing journey:

  • Attend Classes Consistently

It's essential for beginners to attend boxing classes consistently, at least 2-3 times per week. Showing up regularly will help you establish good habits, progressively build on skills, and witness your own improvement week-to-week. Consistency is key to getting comfortable with techniques and developing proper form. Don't be discouraged if you miss a class - just get back on schedule as soon as you can.

  • Actively Participate in Training Sessions

Make sure to actively participate in all drills, instruction, and training. Don't be shy - you will get the most out of each session by giving 100% effort. Listen closely to coaches, ask questions if you're unsure, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. The more engaged you are, the quicker your skills will progress. If you need a break, take one, but get back in the mix.

  • Seek Guidance From Experienced Trainers

The trainers at Anointed Hands have years of experience and love to guide beginners in the sweet science. Don't hesitate to seek their guidance before and after classes on your techniques, goals, equipment, or any other questions you may have. Their expertise will help you avoid injury, improve more rapidly, and have a great start to your boxing journey. Building these relationships early on will pay dividends down the road.

  • Engage in sparring sessions

4.Overcoming Common Challenges

Starting any new endeavor often comes with growing pains, and amateur boxing is no exception. Many novices face hurdles related to frustration, intimidation, physical fatigue, and developing the dedication to stick to a regular training regimen. However, the supportive community at Anointed Hands Boxing helps boxers work through these issues.

One of the first difficulties beginners often encounter is feeling frustrated or intimidated. Learning the proper footwork, punches, and defensive movements takes time and repetition. It's normal to feel clumsy or awkward at first. Some people may also feel intimidated training beside more advanced students who move with confidence and fluidity gained through experience. Our trainers emphasize embracing the learning process and comparing your progress only to your past self. Focusing on incremental gains in skill rather than comparing yourself to others will help manage feelings of frustration.

Pushing through physical discomfort and fatigue is another obstacle. Boxing training is rigorous and demanding on the body. During initial workouts, you may find yourself getting winded very quickly or struggling with sore muscles after holding gloves up for many punches. Listen to your body and don't overdo it too soon. Take rest breaks as needed between rounds or sets. Consistency over time builds stamina and strength.

Lastly, sticking to a regular training schedule can be challenging. Beginners may start enthusiastically but then miss workouts. Life can get busy, other interests arise, or motivation wanes. To get past this hurdle, focus on creating habits. Schedule your boxing classes at the same time each week and treat them as any other non-negotiable commitment. If you miss a workout, don't beat yourself up but simply resume your schedule at the next opportunity.

The camaraderie at Anointed Hands provides the encouragement and support needed to overcome any challenges faced during the initial stages of amateur boxing. By applying the tips and strategies outlined here, beginners can progress smoothly from novice to experienced boxer. The pride and confidence gained will make the journey worthwhile.

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5.The Power of Community Support

The community atmosphere at Anointed Hands Boxing offers invaluable support for beginners starting out in amateur boxing. The welcoming environment helps build confidence through encouragement from experienced trainers and fellow gym members.

Beginners can rest assured knowing that everyone around them started out as novices too. This shared beginner experience builds camaraderie and motivates individuals to keep attending classes consistently. Veteran members who once stood in the same novice shoes provide guidance by sharing tips and techniques.

Trainers make a point to learn members' names and cheer them on as they develop new skills. There is no judgement about fitness levels or boxing background. Everyone is united by the same goal of improving through hard work. This communal spirit keeps beginners from feeling intimidated or self-conscious.

Boxing can feel like a solitary sport when training alone. But at Anointed Hands, individuals can feed off the energy of the crowd during classes. Seeing fellow beginners progress keeps motivation levels high. New friendships formed over sweat and punches create enjoyable social bonds.

Starting something new like boxing brings inevitable challenges. But with the support of a welcoming community behind you, beginners can overcome obstacles on their journey to becoming knockout amateurs.

6.Setting Goals and Tracking Progress

Setting clear goals and tracking your progress is key to staying motivated as a beginner boxer. At Anointed Hands, we encourage new boxers to establish specific, measurable goals to work towards. This could be a goal to learn a certain combination, increase your stamina through rounds on the bag, or improve your footwork during sparring. Having defined goals gives your training direction and helps you stay focused.

It's also important to celebrate small wins and milestones along the way. Progress can feel slow in the beginning, so be sure to acknowledge when you master a new skill or see even small improvements in your technique. Recognize your hard work by treating yourself to something special.

We also recommend keeping a training journal to monitor your progress. Note your goals, track your training sessions, and record your thoughts after sparring or bag work. Seeing your improvements documented on paper can boost motivation. Review your journal to see how far you've come since Day 1.

Do not be afraid to ask your coaches what you can imporve on. They are always ready to share their knowledge with beginners.

Setting goals, celebrating small wins, and tracking progress in a journal will help you stay motivated on your boxing journey. The supportive community at Anointed Hands is here to help you achieve your goals every step of the way.

7.Boxing Equipment Essentials

When starting boxing as a beginner, having the right equipment is crucial for safety, performance, and comfort. We recommend novices invest in quality gear to get the most out of their training. Here are some of the key items every new boxer needs:

  • Proper Hand Wraps

Hand wraps form the foundation of your boxing gear. They protect the small bones and tendons in the hand from injury during punches. Wrapping your hands tightly cushions your knuckles and wrists while stabilizing the joints. Using proper technique is vital - our coaches will guide you through wrapping your hands correctly before every session. We recommend new boxers purchase hand wraps (or use the ones that come with your initial registration) made from soft, stretchy cotton for the best injury protection.

  • Quality Gloves and Protective Gear

A good pair of boxing gloves ensures you can train productively without hurting your hands. For beginners, we recommend 12-16 oz gloves to provide sufficient padding. Other useful protective gear includes headgear to shield your face, a mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaw, and a groin protector. Investing in quality protection will keep you safe during training.

  • Comfortable Workout Attire

Don't overlook the importance of your workout clothes! Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow free movement. Shorts or loose pants with t-shirts, tank tops, or sweat-wicking long sleeves are ideal beginner boxing attire. Make sure your clothes don't restrict your range of motion. Choose supportive cross-training shoes over running shoes for better lateral movement. Finally, bring sweat towels and wraps to keep comfortable during your sessions. With the right workout wear, you'll feel prepared to start training.

Having the proper equipment as a boxing beginner allows you to learn safely and effectively. Investing in quality hand wraps, gloves, protective gear, and workout attire ensures you get the most out of your classes. Our coaches can offer specific recommendations on gear to meet your needs - don't hesitate to ask!

8.Cross-Training and Conditioning

While boxing training provides excellent conditioning on its own, incorporating additional cross-training can optimize your fitness and boost performance. We encourage beginners to supplement their boxing workouts with complementary exercise that enhances their strength, endurance and flexibility.

  • Strength Training

Two to three days per week of strength training is recommended to build muscle mass and power. Focus on compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, pushups, pullups, and rows using your bodyweight or free weights. Building overall muscle strength will improve your speed, power, and endurance in the ring. Remember, light weight-more reps for boxers.

  • Cardiovascular Exercise

Any form of cardio like running, cycling, swimming, or using the elliptical can improve your aerobic fitness. Beginners should try to get 30 minutes of continuous cardio 3-4 days per week to enhance your conditioning for the demands of boxing. Higher intensity interval training is also beneficial.

  • Core and Flexibility

A strong core helps transfer power from your lower to upper body when punching. Be sure to incorporate core exercises like planks, crunches, and side planks into your routine. Stretching and yoga will also improve mobility for better technique and injury prevention.

Effectively blending boxing, strength training, cardio, and flexibility work will get you fighting fit.

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9.Next Steps After Mastering the Basics

Once you have developed a solid foundation through consistent training and feel comfortable with boxing basics, you may be ready to progress further on your boxing journey at Anointed Hands. Here are some of the next steps you can take after mastering the fundamentals:

  • Consider Competing in Amateur Bouts

Many novices start boxing as a fitness routine but later get the itch to test their skills in the ring. When you feel prepared through your training, talk to your coaches about competing at the amateur level. This allows you to apply what you've learned in an actual bout with appropriate pairing based on experience. Competing is exhilarating and helps benchmark your progress.

  • Advance to More Complex Skills and Techniques

Keep challenging yourself by learning more complex skills like defensive movements, feints, and combination punching. Explore different boxing styles and techniques to continue expanding your repertoire. Our experienced trainers will guide you in developing your own unique style.

  • Become a Member of Team AHB

Beyond training, make connections and get involved at Anointed Hands. Participate in social events, volunteer to assist newer members, or take on coaching roles. This sense of community keeps you motivated to pursue boxing over the long term. The friendships formed at the gym lead to valuable support on your journey.

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