Balance means everything in boxing. It can be literally the difference between winning and losing in a boxing match and without good balance you simply can’t compete in a higher level. With good balance you can make stronger punches, do better defense and footwork.
You can also move calmer in the ring and this is a huge plus.
Below there are really good methods for how to improve balance for boxing and without further ado let’s start with one of the most effective methods.
1. Balance Boards
There are many exercises which you can do with balance boards. And these boards are used for many sport branches including boxing and MMA.
Basically you will master your center of gravity and you will figure out how to stay in balance. One huge plus of this training is that you can do this training anywhere. You just need to find a flat surface.
I used to train with it in my home but that was long time ago while I was living with my parents. Now I practice it in studio rooms of boxing gyms. Anyway you can work on your balance from many different positions and each one will help you improve your balance even more. These are also called as wobble boards as well.
2. Shadow Boxing
We use boxing gloves during sparring or in a match and after when you miss a punch, the force will push your body to the punch’s direction and you will try recovering from it. Best case scenario is that we exert more energy and regain our balance. The worst case scenario is getting knocked out.
So you really need to get better at it. And even if you can regain your balance a millisecond ago it can save you from a powerful punch. With that there are not many training types to prepare you for it. For example when you train with a heavy bag, punching bag will always hold you so you won’t lose your balance. But this does not happen during shadow boxing.
After couple of shadow boxing sessions, you will get used to do punching techniques (hooks, uppercuts) and after a certain point these won’t challenge you anymore. At this point you might want to increase intensity. After all we use boxing gloves during sparring and in matches right? You can actually train with weighted gloves. Glove’s weight distribution is same with a regular glove, so you can practice a real situation.
This is actually why many authority figures in boxing don’t recommend training with dumbbells. The weight distribution is just different from a glove and when it is the case, training with them would be far from ideal.
There are not many gloves for shadow boxing on the market and even though I generally don’t like Adidas Boxing Gloves, this company produces very good quality shadow boxing gloves. For that you can check out the review.
During climbing your main mission is to provide balance because when you swing you will exert too much energy. And this is very similar to boxing. When you miss a punch or try avoiding your opponent’s punches, you may lose balance and you will exert energy to regain your balance. And I have witnessed that many people in boxing classes improved their balance significantly with climbing.
In my opinion the reason is that climbing is a really intense workout. It needs stamina and muscle coordination at the same time. And if you don’t have good balance while climbing, you just can’t control your breath and soreness of your muscles will be unbearable. According to me this is why people can improve balance very well with climbing because they need to focus on having balance a lot.
4. Battle Ropes
We started seeing battle ropes everywhere including gyms, parks, home gyms… Because there are seriously many great benefits of battle ropes. And one of the benefits is all your muscles to have almost equal muscle mass.
So what does this provide for balance?
For example your left arm or leg can be stronger than the right and have more muscle mass. Because of that your center of gravity may be closer to left or right side. However if it is close to your center, you are less likely to lose your balance. And battle rope training just provides you that. Is not that amazing?
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5. Resistance Bands
You can do many exercise types with resistance bands. You can build muscle, lose fat, stretch… Also you can do exercises which force you to lose your balance. So you will have a chance to improve your balance against resistance. I admit that resistance band training will challenge you more than any other workout in this writing. So I highly suggest that if you are a beginner, you should not start with this. However if you have trained with it before, have a look at these resistance bands.
6. Balance Exercises
You can do many balance exercises with dumbbells, Swiss balls etc. These all will help you learn and manipulate your center of gravity. And when you have more advanced skills about it, you can manipulate it easier.
So even though these aren’t directly related to boxing, these will improve your balance. For example you can combine dumbbells and isometric exercises. And based on my experiences, many boxing gyms prefer it for their balance training sessions (If they have it). Below you can also find a very good and short video which explains how to do these exercises properly.
Which One is My Favorite?
Well these will all improve balance. However considering that you train for boxing, according to me battle rope training is the best way to do it. Because I get cardio, muscle building benefits and improve my balance at the same time. And keep in mind that many professional boxers and MMA fighters included battle rope training in their routines long time ago.
Also fastest way to master your center of gravity is balance (wobble) board training. Based on my experiences people, who do boxing and MMA training in gyms, show great improvement in very short amount of time. So if you want to improve your balance, you can add these two training types in your routine.
When you improve your balance for boxing you will basically do everything better. You will move better, do better footwork… And when you miss a punch, you will regain your balance quickly. I can continue writing about the benefits but shortly this simply has vital importance. If you do boxing, MMA or any other sports, which require balance, you should definitely improve it as much as you can and these methods above will definitely help you do that. Unfortunately many boxing training gyms don’t give enough importance for it. Sure the trainers say that it is important and classes may have couple of exercises for that, but gym classes (especially commercial ones) rarely include good training sessions for balance. So if you go to one of these gyms, I highly suggest you to consider these training types above.
I hope that you enjoyed reading and already figured out how you can improve your balance for boxing and if you have any questions or experiences please just have a comment below.