Originally Posted by IronMan
Shadow boxing is a good warmup tool, but does it teach you skills for actual strikefests? It helps with hand speed, like alot of people have said, but it doesn't give that feeling of striking something and making contact.
If you're trying to pay attention to footwork, stance or to notice habits that may be bad in a combat situation, shadow boxing in front of a mirror can be very revealing. The reason being is that everyone falls into their own set of habits once the get moving. If you shadow box in front of the mirror you can pick up on a lot of things that you need to correct that you wouldn't otherwise.
In which case, I suggest to shadow box not only at the beginning of a workout to warm up. Rather, do a few rounds at the end of the workout. If you have a bad habit of dropping your hands when you are a little tired (or anything of that nature), it will become more than obvious.
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