You might have heard about shadowboxing, but what does it mean?
Shadow boxing is “boxing with your shadow”. This means punching the air like you had an imaginary opponent. It is a great way to get your muscles used to the movement of punching and warming up. Shadowboxing doesn’t require any equipment.
In this post, we go through what is shadowboxing, what are its benefits of it, how often you should shadowbox, and what is required to get started.
I will not take a stand whether it’s written together like “shadowboxing” or separately “shadow-boxing”. I will be using it the first way, written together from now on in this post.
Let’s get started!
What is shadowboxing?
Shadowboxing in short is boxing with your own shadow. You don’t actually have to see your shadow, you can do it even in a perfectly lit room or outside in the sunlight.
You are basically fighting an imaginary opponent.
Here is a video explaining shadowboxing for beginners. (I am not the creator of this video)
Benefits of shadowboxing
Shadowboxing can be highly beneficial to you if you are just getting started with boxing as a hobby or even if you are at a more advanced level.
It can also be used to improve your boxing movement.
Shadowboxing can be a great workout
First of all, shadowboxing can be a great workout to perform with no equipment. You can shadowbox at your own phase pretty much anywhere.
If you are in better condition, start by perfecting your punches slowly. Don’t go throwing them at full speed right at the beginning. Focus on the proper hand and foot movements.
No matter if your goal is just to exercise or practice boxing in general, performing the movements correctly is a good thing to handle.
When you practice things correctly right from the beginning, you don’t have to “unlearn” the wrong techniques in the future, if you want to take boxing more seriously.
Shadowboxing can improve your boxing abilities
Shadowboxing is a great way to improve your boxing skills outside the boxing gym. It’s also a lighter exercise than punching a heavy bag or sparring, so it can easily be done every day.
With shadowboxing in front of the mirror, you can see how your punches look. Take things slowly at the beginning, and focus on the proper techniques, before you go at full speed.
Footwork is another aspect of shadowboxing. You can get used to the footwork easier when you train it outside the gym as well.
Shadowboxing every day, or just a few days per week can improve your punching speed, footwork, and overall boxing performance. It will also get your heart rate up, so when in the ring, you can last longer before being out of breath.
Overall, shadowboxing can make punching and footwork feel more natural to you.
Shadowboxing is a very cost-effective way to practice boxing
As I mentioned before, shadowboxing does not require you to have any equipment at all. Literally, you can do it with absolutely nothing.
You can get started with shadowboxing by just watching some shadowboxing tutorials on YouTube. A mirror is one thing that can improve your shadow boxing.
With a mirror, you can see better how straight your punches are and whether you are keeping your hands high enough to protect yourself from the imaginary opponent.
Shadowboxing can be used as a warmup
The last but not least benefit of shadowboxing is that it can be used as a warmup before an actual boxing practice.
It can get your heart rate up and get your muscles ready for what is about to come.
What equipment do you need for shadowboxing?
You can get started with shadowboxing with absolutely no equipment at all.
But to make it more efficient, you could use a mirror to better see your punches.
You might also film yourself shadowbox and judge from the video, what are your strengths and weaknesses.
A typical beginner mistake is that they don’t keep their hands high enough, and leave themselves vulnerable to counterpunches.
You might not be able to even tell what you are doing right and wrong. Therefore, I would highly suggest you sign up for actual boxing lessons to learn the basics correctly, if you want to get better at boxing.
Another thing you could use is some kind of weight in your hands as you shadowbox. That way you can build strength in muscles that are responsible for your punching power.
Here is a dedicated post about how to increase your punching power and speed.
In conclusion, shadowboxing is an exercise, where your box with an imaginary opponent. It can be used as a warm-up, or a way to improve your boxing skills in general.
Getting started with shadowboxing requires no equipment at all.
I would highly suggest learning the basics of boxing first, before starting to learn shadowboxing, so your form will be more correct.
That is by no means necessary, you could just start shadowboxing as a hobby, and do nothing else boxing-related.
I hope this was helpful, have a wonderful day!