I’m always scouring the web, the gym and local communities for the latest fitness trends. This time, I came across a new physical fitness explosion that’s taking gyms by storm. It’s called Hit Fit Boxing, and its certainly one of the more fun activities I’ve found of late.
Hit Fit Boxing is, of course, based on traditional boxing techniques, but (thankfully) without the risk of being hit back by an opponent. It’s actually a cross between conditioning and boxing – conditioning for muscle toning and muscle strengthening.
Best of all, this new fitness rage is great for just about any age and can be scaled up or down to meet any level of fitness or skill. Young college athletes are taking advantage of it, as are many older individuals looking to increase their physical fitness for personal and/or health reasons.
It’s also very therapeutic because, at the end of a long work day, seriously… who doesn’t want to coil back and just hit something really hard?
What You’ll Need
Ideally, you’ll want to find a local gym that offers Hit Fit Boxing classes. This way, you won’t need to go out and purchase any equipment, as its all provided right there for you. However, if you have the money and space, there’s a few items you’ll need to perform Hit Fit Boxing at home.
I’d like to interject at this point that taking a few classes is highly recommended in the beginning as it teaches proper form. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself while trying to get fit.
First, you’re going to need to get one hand wrap and two boxing gloves. You can buy a wrap for each hand, if you like, but just the one for your dominant hand will do (right for righties, left for leftees).
Much like a wrist brace, the wrap gives you more support and strength, while forming a protective barrier of sorts around all those little bones in your hand and wrist. The wrap is important for safety, and also in helping to develop proper punching form.
Last, you’ll need a punching bag. These can be relatively expensive, plus you’ll need enough space and a strong support beam to hang it from, or purchase an accommodating stand for it.
Like I said, Hit Fit Boxing classes at the gym are often the better option…
Basic Hit Fit Boxing Moves
Let’s start with proper stance. A right handed individual should put their left foot and left shoulder forward, and raise their thumbs to their chins. For leftees, do the opposite – right foot and shoulder forward.
Then you want to undertake a relaxed stance, with your knees and hips loose. Think of Muhammad Ali, lightly bouncing on his feet before knocking someone’s lights out. Nice and loose…
Now for the fun part of Hit Fit Boxing – punching! I’m going to assume you’re right handed for this mini-tutorial If not, switch right-to-left, left-to-right, accordingly.
There are two basic types of punches. A quick jab and a power punch.
For fast hits, you’ll step forward with the left foot and perform a quick left-handed jab into the bag. These quick hits set you up for bigger, more powerful blows from the right hand, like the cross or hook.
The cross is performed by swinging the right hand across your body into the bag. The right foot does not come forward during the cross, instead twisting on the toes just a little, much like if you were attempting to squish a bug beneath your shoe.
Continue lightly bouncing on your feet as you go, promoting a full body workout that’s as fun as it is effective.
This Hit Fit Boxing introduction video should help.