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Old 07-04-2006, 02:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I Always shadowbox in the Gym. It Helps my handspeed, and if you do it right then it should warm you up pretty well along with a bit of running and stretching. I work my jab by standing up against a wall when I throw it so that I dont lift my elbow up when I punch. It helps to keep my arm straight. And as The Don said it does help with muscle memory. Throw some kicks, knees, and elbows in the mix and it makes for a good workout and i think it's fun lol.
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Old 07-04-2006, 02:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I also sometimes shadowbox with small 2-5 pound weights in each hand to improve muscle tone in some areas as rdlviper stated.
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Old 07-05-2006, 03:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Personally i see it more as a warm up or a workout, but as you say it can help improve tone, speed and memory, id still rather spar with a real person though.
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Sparring = Alive Training
Shadowboxing = Dead Training

basically if you want to get used to the feeling of actual contact..just spar
otherwise, shadowboxing is only useful for maintenance and speed
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Sparring = Alive Training
Shadowboxing = Dead Training

basically if you want to get used to the feeling of actual contact..just spar
otherwise, shadowboxing is only useful for maintenance and speed
It depends on the purpose of shadow boxing. If you are using it as a supplement to heavybad work then it can really increase your cardio and form.

Definitely not a complete training regimen, but it does work well as a supplement to a complete training schedule.
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It depends on the purpose of shadow boxing. If you are using it as a supplement to heavybad work then it can really increase your cardio and form.

Definitely not a complete training regimen, but it does work well as a supplement to a complete training schedule.
Yep.....Shadowboxing is a good add to your training definately
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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dang i knew a lot of people shadowboxed but i really never kew it was ths importana. Thanks for starting the thread im gonna start to shadowbox tommorow prob
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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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I think someone already mentioned it, but if you push yourself, shadow-boxing is a good cardio work out. And I think it helps make your punches transition easier and builds your confidence.
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