You've been given the task to lead a boxing class for the first time and you're unsure of where to begin with your students. You become aware of the fact there may be different levels of skills in the class you are about to teach so need to keep this mind.
Never led a group session before? Not to worry - we've got you covered.
Below are 5 tips for leading your first boxing class
1. Start with a proper warm-up
Begin the class with a thorough warm-up to prepare the body for the workout. This can include jumping jacks, jogging in place, and other cardio exercises to get the heart rate up. Doing this ensures that no one is caught off guard when more complex, repetitive movements are brought into play.
2. Teach proper technique
Make sure to demonstrate and explain proper technique for basic punches, such as the jab, cross, hook, and uppercut. Use visual aids like pictures or videos to help students understand the movement. This may take sometime for beginners to fully grasp, but it is key that they get it correct. Don't be surprised if you spend more time focusing on making sure your students have got their technique correct than expected.
3. Focus on footwork
Footwork is crucial in boxing, so make sure to spend some time teaching proper footwork and movement around the ring. Another thing, along with punching technique, to keep an eye on when counting the minutes in the session. Footwork should allow students to be able to sit down on an imaginary seat in a comfortable fashion when crouching. This may take some time for beginners to establish.
4. Use pads and gloves
Use pads and gloves to practice punching technique and develop power. Incorporate these, and the differing weights/resistance to ensure that students aren't risking injury towards themselves and each other in any situation.
5. End the class with a proper cool-down and stretching
Finish the class with a proper cool-down and stretching to prevent injury and soreness. Be sure to mention the importance of the cool-down and stretching as this is easily neglected by many people.
A firm foundation, or should we say stance, to build on from, after taking this class, you'll be even more prepared for the next one!
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