Fight For The Abs Of Your Life

Have you ever felt the urge to take a swing or two at the air?

Maybe you’ve just finished watching J Lo in “Enough”, a MMA title fight, or maybe your husband’s driving you a little crazy in the other room.

Cutting the air with your fists is always good fun…

But did you know that you can make a whole workout of it?

Woman shadowboxing

Shadowboxing (the technical term for punching a pretend opponent), is a great way to burn fat and build muscle at the same time…

And it makes for an incredible abdominal workout as well…

As a bonus, you can even increase your metabolic rate by 348% by adding this kickboxing secret to your workout.

So go ahead and get your hands wrapped by your imaginary corner man and let’s get to it…

Here are 5 fighting moves to get the abs of your life:

1. Jab

The jab is an essential move for any boxing ring, and it’ll be the most frequent move in your shadowboxing workout.

When you throw your jab, you want to pretend like you’re aiming for the nose of an opponent.

How To:

  • Stand with your right foot forward in a fighting stance (both of your hands should be curled in a fist at nose height).
  • Rotate right your hip forward, while extending your right arm.
  • Twist your forearm so that your fist is parallel to the floor at full extension. Your arm should be in a straight line, extending from your shoulder.
  • Recoil immediately.
  • Keep your core tight throughout the movement.

Woman throwing a jab

Combinations:

  • Start by jabbing with only your right arm for 10 jabs. Then jab with only your left arm for 10 jabs.
  • Alternate between left and right jabs for 30 seconds.

2. Cross

Like the jab, a cross is a common move of fighters everywhere.

However, unlike the jab, it’s not a punch that will typically be thrown on it’s own. It’s most often paired with a jab or two.

You’ll also want to aim for the imaginary nose across from you with this one.

How To:

  • Stand with your right foot forward in a fighting stance (see above).
  • Turn your left foot, knee and hip to the right at the same time, followed by your left shoulder and left arm.
  • Twist your forearm so your fist is horizontal at full extension, but don’t lock your elbow.
  • Recoil and return to fighting stance immediately.

Combinations:

  • Perform a jab, jab, cross combination for 1-minute.
  • Perform a jab, jab, cross, duck (lower your body at your hips) combination for 1-minute

3. Hook

The hook is a punch that’s packed with power and you’ll often see it as a knockout blow in the ring…

Where jabs and even crosses are mostly wear-down and set-up punches (still thrown with force, of course) the hook is one that they set up for.

You want to aim for your imaginary opponent’s ear/cheek on this one.

How To:

  • Stand with your left foot forward in a fighting stance.
  • Pivot on the ball of your left foot, meanwhile turning on your left knee, hip, shoulder, and arm simultaneously as you punch from left to right.
  • Bring left forearm parallel to floor, with your thumb up towards the ceiling while keeping your right fist by your face for protection.
  • Recoil immediately and return to fighting stance.

Combinations:

  • Perform a jab, jab, hook, combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a jab, jab, cross, hook combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a jab, duck, jab, cross, hook combination for 1-minute

4. Uppercut

Like the hook, an uppercut is a power move.

They require a setup in which your opponent gets winded, or simply tries to avoid more punches to the head…

When this happens your opponent puts their head down, with eyes towards the floor and then your uppercut meets their nose.

Aim for the chin while you shadowbox.

How To:

  • Stand with your left foot forward in a fighting stance.
  • Drop your right hand slightly and bend both knees, and then twist your hips to the left as you punch your right fist straight up and slightly forward with your knuckles facing the ceiling and your palm facing your body.
  • Keep your left fist by your face for protection.
  • Recoil immediately and return to fighting stance.

Combinations:

  • Perform an alternating uppercut combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a jab, jab, cross, uppercut combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a jab, jab, duck, cross, uppercut combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a duck, jab, cross, hook, uppercut combination for 1-minute

5. Side Kick

This one makes for a fun bonus …

And it’ll help you build an incredible core in a short amount of time.

A side kick is a powerful move that’s meant to wear down, potentially even devastate an opponent’s ribs.

So when you’re shadowboxing, kick with everything you’ve got.

Aim for your imaginary opponents torso and chest.

How To:

  • Stand with your left foot forward in fighting stance.
  • Turn your hips to the right, and pivot your right foot out slightly.
  • Lift your left knee toward the chest, while keeping your foot flexed.
  • Forcefully extend your left leg out to the left side, pushing through the heel while counterbalancing by leaning your entire upper body toward the right.
  • Keep hands in fists near your face.
  • Retract the kick and immediately return to fighting stance.

Combinations:

  • Perform 10 kicks with each leg starting on your left side and then your right side
  • Perform a jab, jab, cross, side kick combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a duck, jab, hook, side kick combination for 1-minute
  • Perform a side kick, jab, jab, cross, uppercut combination for 1-minute

So there you have it!

5 fighting moves to get the abs of your life…

Select 8 different combinations per workout and mix and match to keep them fresh!

Feel the burn and love your core!

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And try not to hurt your shadowboxing partner too badly.