Lesson number nine from Healthista’s new How to Box video series is here and it’s a good one. This time former champion boxer and head coach at BXR London, Gary Logan shows us how to deliver our first punch bag combo
Dua Lipa, Angelina Jolie, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Eva Mendes, Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Caroline Flack, Shay Mitchell, Ellie Goulding and Demi Lovato.
This long list of celebrity names all have something in common – they love boxing. Do you know someone who is mad about boxing? Seems everyone is, including these celebrities – which means it has to be cool right?
Plus ‘women’ and ‘boxing’ are two words that no longer sound odd if used in the same sentence, with women’s participation in boxing and other fight styled sports rising dramatically in recent years. In fact, many say that boxing classes contain more women than men.
This may have been helped by boxing champions such as Nicola Adams, Ronda Rousey and Katie Taylor who are just some female boxers who have made headlines and inspired women everywhere to take up the sport.
Here is a picture of Nicola Adams visiting cool boutique boxing gym BXR London.
The cool boxing gym BXR London
Boxing gyms like BXR London, are popping up everywhere. Boutique boxing gyms help you to train like a boxer, without actually finding yourself in any real physical fights.
This is particularly perfect for women who are slightly nervous about getting started in what has been known to be a male-dominated sport.
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.
BXR is also known as ‘the Anthony Joshua gym.
BXR London was launched in January 2017 and is located in Marylebone. BXR is also known as ‘the Anthony Joshua gym’ because the Olympic boxing champion is an investing partner.
BXR is swish: polished concrete, open space, a picture of Mohammid Ali painted on the wall, a glass cabinet containing boxing gloves signed by World Champion Anthony Joshua and pristine equipment.
Athletic authenticity and ultimate luxury is not an easy combination to achieve. But with bright luxurious changing rooms, a lounge area and a full sized boxing ring at it’s core, BXR has managed to do just that.
Check out BXR’s membership options here.
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.
Since retiring from professional boxing, Gary Logan has trained top clients, including a number of celebrities. He knows his stuff, and although he can be strict he also makes sure you have a great time – so naturally he was the perfect choice.
If head boxing coach Gary Logan can’t teach you how to deliver a punch fit for a professional fight then no one can.
Are you ready for boxing lesson number nine?
Boxing School Lesson #9 Punch Bag Combo
So, you’ve learnt how to stand, how to punch, how to defend yourself and how to move out of the way aka ‘slip‘. Now it’s time to put everything you have learnt together and try out your first punch bag combo – exciting times.
‘Taking all the things that I have shown you, now we are going to take it on to the bag, incorporating everything in order to lean your first combo,’ says Gary.
Here’s your first combo:
‘Do this for 30 seconds to a minute and already we have a nice drill,’ explains Gary. ‘All you are going to do then is add the backhand to the sequence for the second minute:
- Jab, slip (left), jab, backhand
- Jab, slip (left), hook, backhand
- Jab, slip (left), uppercut, backhand
‘Then move on to working the other side, and it’s going to be the same drill as the left side, all you need to do is incorporate the slip to the right this time,’ explains Gary.
Here is the second part of your combo (which you do for 30 seconds to a minute)
- Jab, slip (right), jab, backhand
- Jab, slip (right), jab, hook
- Jab, slip (right), jab, uppercut
Move on to the second part of the combo for the second minute, ‘and this time you will be adding a hook to everything,’ says Gary.
- Jab, slip (right), backhand, hook
- Jab, slip (right), hook (left), hook (right)
- Jab, slip (right), uppercut, hook
‘All the while you can see I am not swinging, I am rotating, my body is carrying my arms round,’ describes Gary.
Signed up for a boxing class? 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).