TOTALFIGHTER fit CLUB: Issue 2

“To me boxing is like ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.”            Jack Handey 

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credit: flickr images Paul Penu

Welcome to 2017 A new year is here and for all of us that means new challenges and new adventures. And that includes our health and fitness. It’s challenging to look after our health and for some of is it’s especially challenging to keep our weight in check. Good health is not handed to us on a silver platter. We have to work at it.

Be Committed to Be Better

l will continue to challenge and push you in 2017. And for all of you that will involve skill progression and refining and bettering what you already know. We can always get better and sharpen our technique. TOTALFIGHTER is not about perfection, it’s about you moving forward in your fight skills, fitness and health. I want to make you a “better” version of you.

Hopefully, we will all continue to enjoy good health and prosperity in the coming twelve months.

Goals

Who sets goals? Most of us do not. In 2017, I want you to become better. Whether it’s health, study, work or relationships, what can you do to better yourself? Be committed to self-development not self-destruction.

Did You Know?

Boxing gloves can be more dangerous and result in more deaths than bare-knuckle bouts. Gloves were introduced into boxing not for safety reasons, but to increase hits to the head and thus produce more dramatic knockouts.

Boxing Basics

DO

  • Remain relaxed
  • Position feet roughly shoulder with apart
  • Keep hands open when in boxing stance
  • Stand slightly side on
  • Punch through your target
  • Keep hands high and touching your face
  • Tuck your chin
  • Slightly bend the knees
  • Lean weight slightly on your back foot
  • Raise your back heel off the ground
  • Move with trailing foot sliding and lead foot lifting an inch or two off the floor
  • Let your body do the work and release the weight from your legs. Engage the leg muscles where possible; they are the largest and strongest muscles in your body
  • Keeps hands relaxed and muscles loose
  • Clench your fists just before impact
  • Exhale sharply when striking target
  • Hit through the target
  • Do return punches back home to “protect the baby” as quickly as possible
  • Be fluid and dynamic

DON’T

  • Stand too side on (also known as surfing) or too front on
  • Muscle the punch
  • Cross your feet
  • Clench your fists when in boxing stance
  • Leave your punches out there hanging

Did You Know?

In ancient Greek culture, the god Apollo was regarded as the inventor and guardian of the sport of boxing.

Get healthy. Eat smart. Train smart

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