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HOW TO BOX Lesson #3: How to Back Hand

HOW TO BOX Lesson #3_ How to Back Hand MAIN

Healthista’s new How to Box video series is onto it’s third lesson – How to Back Hand. Join us again tomorrow for the next How To Box lesson from former champion boxer and head coach at BXR London, Gary Logan

Female boxing has never been so popular

‘Hot’ celebs, including superstars Gigi Hadid, the Kardashians, Dua Lipa and Adriana Lima, are all big fans of boxing with many of them saying it’s their favourite way to keep fit.

Female boxing champions such as Nicola Adams, Ronda Rousey and Katie Taylor have also made headlines in the sport and inspired women everywhere to fight fierce in what used to be seen as a male-dominated sport.

‘Women’ and ‘boxing’ are no longer two words that sound odd if used in the same sentence, with women’s participation in boxing and other fight styled sports rising dramatically in recent years. Even boxing classes are now predominantly made up of women.

Boxing is HOT - here's why everyone is doing it MAIN
Nicola Adams (left), Ronda Rousey (middle), Katie Taylor (right)

Boutique boxing gyms are pretty popular too

Due to such a surge in boxing popularity, trendy boxing gyms are popping up all over London. Boutique boxing gyms help you to train like a boxer, without actually finding yourself in any real physical fights, because let’s be honest after a long day at work that really isn’t what you want to be doing.

This is particularly perfect for those who are slightly nervous about starting the whole boxing thing – hitting a bag is far less nerve-racking or intimidating than hitting an actual person.

Boutique boxing gyms help you to train like a boxer, without actually finding yourself in any real physical fights.

Boxing gyms are set up to take people from a beginner level to a more advanced stage, so if you are worried you’ll be the only one there who has never boxed before, think again.

Don’t worry about what other people in your boxing class are thinking – they’ll be just as busy as you, worrying about what they’re doing to judge anyone else.

BXR first floor

Boxing is an intense full-body workout and the techniques can be quite intricate. This can be slightly intimidating for those who are new to boxing.

That’s why Healthista have teamed up with BXR London (a luxury boxing gym that launched in January 2017) to give you thirteen videos of Boxing School lessons with BXR’s head boxing coach Gary Logan.

BXR is also known as ‘the Anthony Joshua gym’, as the Olympic boxing champion is an investing partner.

Former boxing champion Gary Logan has trained top clients, including a number of celebrities, since he retired from professional boxing. He knows his stuff, and although he can be strict on technique he also makes sure you have a great time  – so naturally he was the perfect choice.

Gary’s mantra is ‘it’s all in the details’, which is what our new ‘Boxing School’ series focuses on – how to execute the details correctly.

From footwork to stance, keeping your guard up to balance, Gary will teach you how. If head boxing coach Gary Logan can’t teach you how to deliver a punch fit for a professional fight then no one can.

Here’s your third lesson…

Boxing School Lesson #3 How To Back Hand

Lesson 3 how to back hand

Gary has showed us how to perfect our stance, how to deliver a jab punch and now it’s time to learn ho to bank hand, sometimes called a ‘cross’, ‘straight’ or ‘right’.

The back hand is the power shot, and is your strongest punch, this means you have to use your body as well as your arm to throw the shot. The back hand can also be called, the right cross, or the straight cross.

Try and aim for your opponent’s eyebrows as you throw that straight back hand, an

To start, make sure your feet are shoulder width apart and you are balanced. ‘Then what you need to do is make sure your weight is on your right hand side.

‘Then you rotate through with your punch, maintaining your balance and pivoting on your back foot. You’re not going to lean over, nor are you going to have your chest up as you punch.

‘Have your chest con-caved and end up in this position’ (see picture below).

Gary Logan Back Hand this position

‘Try and aim for your opponent’s eyebrows as you throw that straight back hand, and every time you throw it you need to turn the hip first, letting the hip take the hand through.

‘Don’t throw the hand and leave the hip behind, turn the hip as you throw the punch so that afterwards you should have rotated right the way through’, and end up in the position shown in the picture above.

Gary Logan footwork how to box back hand

Oh and watch your heels, make sure your heels are not too high off the floor, about an inch and a half off the floor is perfect.

New to boxing? Here’s what you’ll need…

If you’ve signed up for your own boxing class and are unsure what to expect here are some things you will need, other than sheer determination and the motivation to hit as hard as you can:

  • A pair of trainers
  • A good sports bra
  • Comfortable training clothes
  • Boxing gloves (most clubs will lend you a pair on your first visit but bare in mind these will have been worn many times before)
  • Wraps (available online or from most sports shops).

More from Healthista’s How To Box Video Series:

HOW TO BOX Lesson #1: Stance and Balance

HOW TO BOX Lesson #2: Jabs

HOW TO BOX Lesson #4: How to Hook

HOW TO BOX Lesson #5 How to Uppercut

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Why female boxing is so hot right now

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