Have you ever watched a boxing match and were in awe of the power, finesse and determination of the boxers in the ring and thought that boxing is something you'd like to try?
And have you never done anything about it - because well, you doubt you can because you're too old, too young, too out-of-shape, too weak, too whatever... and basically have no idea how or where to start?
Thinking that we're too old, young, weak, slow, fat, passive or whatever are excuses we tell ourselves to rationalize inaction on our dreams and goals. In whatever form you are now, you are no different than the thousands of people before you deciding to start boxing for the first time. The only difference right now is that they've decided to take action to pursue their dreams.
It was the 1990s and there was no boxing club or trainer in the town I lived in so I devoured all I could from whatever books and DVDs I could find. Back then, good instructional material was scarce.
That was long before online videos and courses, but I did what I could with what I had until I eventually started driving over three hours a day to get some in-person coaching in a boxing club in the closest city to where I lived.
I was nervous and I was thrown to the wolves. With barely any idea of how to defend myself, I was put in the ring to spar with boxers who had been training far longer and far differently than I was doing on my own.
I know now that I should have walked out of that club and never gone back (good coaches ensure you're ready to fight before you get in the ring), but I kept going for a few months until it became too much of a burden on my family to work all day, then make the long drive - sometimes in really bad weather - just to get beat up over and over again.
Boxing clubs tend to be hit or miss. There are some really good coaches and clubs out there and there are some really bad ones. If you walk into a club where they are grooming fighters to compete in the amateurs or pros, you basically have to earn the trainer's time by showing you have the potential, fortitude, and commitment necessary to become a champion.
As a new boxer in a club you are often left to try and pick things up by watching other boxers with the occasional tip from a trainer if lucky. If you happen to be really uncoordinated or out-of-shape you may never get any attention in a boxing club. The alternative is one-on-one coaching with the price tag that comes with it.
After leaving that first club, I found myself once again struggling to train on my own. Fortunately, my boxing education took a giant leap forward when I joined the Army in 2001. I found myself working with great trainers, boxers, and boxing clubs eventually learning enough to actually get in the ring and fight in the amateurs.
I went on to take coaching classes and volunteered as a trainer and boxing coach in whatever local club existed in the place I was currently assigned. Throughout, I continued to train and spar with champions - both amateurs and pros.
I never forgot how difficult it was for me to get started with boxing. In 2003, I decided to do something about that and put up the first version of Commando Boxing (which was called how-to-box.com). It was a basic how to guide covering the boxing fundamentals to help people new to the sport or who didn't have a decent boxing club or trainer where they lived learn to box online. That little site eventually evolved into what you see here today.
I swear it would have been so much easier to get started boxing had something like Commando Boxing existed when I was first starting out.
If you're in any of these situations then Commando Boxing and this Boxing Skills Stream is for you.
Since 2003, Commando Boxing has strived to:
The feedback from people seems to be appreciative of what's been accomplished.
I didn't ask for any of these comments, but I love when they show up...
I'm an ex RAF trainer, three time Commonwealth Games Coach, and coach of Jane Couch (winner of five world titles). I would like to say that its one of the best that I have read on boxing skills.
I started reading your page just over four years ago and learning the basics gave me that tiny boost of confidence I needed to go to a boxing gym and start training. Four years later I've had six Muay Thai fights in Canada and the U.S. as well as spending a month in Thailand for training. I'm up for the BC ISKA Women's Welterweight title hopefully within the next year...
Heres a little bit of progress in my current training. The before picture was when I just started training after a few months of doing my own unorganized light training consisting of sloppy heavy bag work and 12 pack consumption. 4 weeks later is present. As you can see this shit is real. If you wanna get your fat ass in shape get ahold of him and get ready to work hard and get ready to crack some heads open.
I just wanted to give you some feedback on your website by saying that I found it very informative. I have been boxing for three years, and was still able to learn some new tricks from your website. Not only that, but it provided information for the beginner boxer. Great website and I’ve starting telling the guys in my gym already. K-O!
Aaron, Just came across your site tonite and it's very impressive. I've never been one thats been into the whole "health club" workout, so your site is a welcome relief. I boxed as a kid (i'm 42 now) and have always kept up some kind of boxing training over the years. I'm in Southern California, and there are very few boxing gyms nearby, so I have a heavy bag in the garage and do it all at home. Thanks for all the great workout routines and discriptions, punches, etc. and keep up the good work.
I just read your web site and it is remarkable, I am totally new to the "art" of boxing and the basics. Other than some good old street brawls I HAVE NO training other than watching boxing on the television or picking up pointers from some of my associates as the shadow each other. However your very basic approach is exactly what I have been looking for years. Within the last 24 hrs my wife thinks I want to be a ring fighter(I don't) I 35 just would like to keep the flies off of me (smile). But I do want to thank you for this web site...
And that's just a sampling - I have 14 years worth of feedback just like these. Start Training Now!
There are three problems with most of the how to box programs out there:
For a boxing training system to work it must be simple. It must build a solid foundation of boxing skills and progressively improve your technique and conditioning. It doesn't assume you know things you don't. And there is a coach and mentor there to correct bad habits while keeping you motivated and on track. Ultimately, that's what the Boxing Skills Stream provides.
When you walk into a good boxing club, the trainer or coach will usually give you a bit of an orientation session. That's exactly what you will do when you start the boxing skills stream:
You'll be setup for success right from the start. Here's a sample of what we'll cover - you'll:
Once you're ready to go we'll get right into the boxing lessons. The ever-growing database of boxing lessons, drills, and techniques includes:
And that's just the basics. Next you'll learn to inflict some damage...
Entire lessons will show you the secrets to punching correctly with speed and power. You'll be taught how to:
Boxing is about hitting without getting hit. You'll learn how to protect yourself and maintain the initiative...
You'll instantly know how to handle any incoming punch:
With a solid boxing fundamentals base drilled into you - we'll cover more advanced topics including:
Control the tempo of the fight and learn to make your opponent do what you want him or her to:
And of course, throughout, you'll be improving your conditioning - stamina, strength, agility, speed and power as you follow the 12 week boxing training plan.
Pit two boxers against one another with equal amounts of skill and what determines the winner?Determination and conditioning.
Boxers are some of the fittest all-round athletes on the planet. To be a boxer, you'll need a level of fitness that allows you to go all out and smash your opponent for three minutes while still maintaining the ability to think. You'll need to be able to recover in less than a minute between rounds and you'll need enough gas to go round after round until the final bell. That kind of fitness requires a specific kind of training.
You have options for how you want to interact with the training plan that range from an old school printable format that you print into a nice size book that you can take with you to the gym all the way up to semi-mentored training through an online portal and mobile app.
The Boxing Skills Stream makes you an all-round better boxer by addressing conditioning, skill development, psychological adaptation, habit formation, and even a few life lessons.
Online training is not easy to stick to. This quick orientation will help you set conditions that will lead to success while showing you all that is available at Commando Boxing.
Continuously growing database of boxing lessons ranging from absolute beginner to more advanced topics that you can integrate into your training.
Boxing Training Plan
Periodized, sequenced boxing training plan that ensures you have the strength, speed, power, body composition, stamina, and endurance to fight and win.
As you learn new techniques, you're encouraged to upload videos that I can critique and offer constructive feedback on. You'll want to know if you're doing things right.
Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated and focused. Having been where you are now, I can mentor you through it and keep you accountable.
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing before/after pictures side by side, measurements increasing or decreasing, or lessons checked off as complete. You can track it all.
The mobile app is an awesome, easy way to track your workouts. It makes it super easy to access and track your training whenever/wherever you need it.
When you have a question, get answers. You have unlimited access to me . If you run into problems or need a little extra help, I'm here to get you back on track.
Drills and Techniques
An ever-expanding library of video boxing drills that are used in the training plan and can be used to customize your own training plans for yourself or your club.
A reasonable amount to pay for one-on-one boxing training that includes 84 days of training over 12 weeks at an average of one hour/day with a coach charging $50/hr comes to $4200.
Even a cheap personal trainer with no specific boxing experience at say $20/hr would cost $1680.
The local boxing club near me starts at $70/month which includes 2 x 1hr lessons each week. The rest of the week you're on your own. Assuming you have the knowledge and desire to put together a comprehensive training plan for yourself - you might be able to cover the same amount of material in about three months depending on how fast the coach goes for a total of $210.
Commando Boxing provides a comprehensive, periodized 12 week boxing training plan incorporating boxing drills and techniques plus a growing repository of sequenced boxing lessons to take an absolute beginner from knowing absolutely nothing about boxing to a point where you have a solid boxing foundation - and you can do it starting from less than $30.
Knowing people have different budgets, different expectations, and different levels of comfort when using technology, I've put together a couple of options for following the Boxing Skills Stream. Here's a comparison of some of the more key features in each:
Commando Boxing Orientation Course
Unlimited Access to Boxing Lessons Database
Unlimited Access to Boxing Drills Repository
12 Week Boxing Training Plan (Printable PDF)
Unlimited Email Support
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Interactive Clients Only Training Portal
Commando Boxing Mobile Boxing Training App
Online Progress and Goals Tracking
Priority Video Coaching
12 Week Boxing Training Plan (Semi-Mentored)
The Self-Guided version of the Boxing Skills Stream doesn't leave you completely on your own - you still have access to me via email whenever you want - however, it is old-school. You'll be a member and have an account that you login to here on Commando Boxing. This account is where you'll access all the boxing lessons, techniques, and drills.
The 12 week training plan is in PDF form. It is designed to be printed into a nice small book that you can take with you to wherever you are training and record your workouts. It's basically an offline version of the training plan.
The semi-mentored version of the Boxing Skills Stream uses technology to guide you through the training.
It includes everything you get with the self-guided version but also includes three months of access to an interactive online training portal where you'll be guided through the 12 week boxing training plan.
It includes tools for online workout and progress tracking and a mobile app that makes it easy to interact with me and the training program.
As the saying goes - You can't out train a bad diet. Eating right to support the training is critical to achieving results.
I don't prescribe specific nutritional or meal plans in the Boxing Skills Stream but you are given the tools to monitor your nutrition intake so you can track and see what works best for your boxing performance.
The fact is that boxing training is super demanding. You'll need to tweak your food intake in order to keep up with it. By tracking and working towards nutrition goals, you'll have complete control over the ratio of fat to muscle on your body.
Boxing performance aside, there is nothing more inspiring or motivating than comparing what you look like now to what you will look like in 12 weeks. The improvement in physique will be incredible.
I place a big emphasis on tracking progress. If you can measure something you can tell if it's working or not. If it's not, you then know to change it. If it is - you stay the course. That's how you achieve continuous improvement.
I call this semi-mentored because I'm not checking in with you every day or driving you to complete the training, but I am helping you schedule things and am available for questions via the messaging system (more real-time).
I'm also providing more feedback in the form of video coaching for videos you upload. In short - there's more interaction, but the onus is still on you to move through and complete the training scheduled.
Hi Coach Aaron, Thank you very much for this opportunity. I have done some boxing training previously and am looking to get back into it. I would like to predominantly train at home, so I decided to start your course to help me do that, get my body in better shape and develop good mental habits about fitness and life in general. Regards, The Death Train
OFFLINE TRAINING EXPERIENCE
ONE TIME PAYMENT
FULL ONLINE TRAINING EXPERIENCE
$97 for first 13 weeks
$49 every 13 weeks after that
If, for any reason, you don't like the Boxing Skills Stream and your membership to Commando Boxing, you can get a full refund anytime within 30 days after purchasing. If you have any issues, just get in touch with me and I'll either help you out until you get the results you need or give you a swift refund.
Here are answers to some common questions about Commando Boxing's Boxing Skills Stream:
There are some really good coaches and trainers posting instructional boxing techniques on Youtube that are free to watch and use. I regularly check them out myself to see what else I can learn. Ones' boxing education never stops.
But the problem that Commando Boxing solves for you is how to take all those techniques and put them into a sequential, progressive boxing training plan that ensures you learn the techniques while simultaneously increasing your strength, power, speed, stamina and other markers of athletic performance.
It is step-by-step so you learn something and then build on it - there is no guesswork on your part. You just commit to and do the training as assigned on any given day.
I'll be honest with you - pretty much any training plan you find on the internet will improve strength and help you lose weight if you use it. The key is to pick one and stick with it. Consistency is what matters. If you're on the semi-mentored track, I've got some things built into your training portal to help you with that consistency.
I'm actually surprised this question ever comes up given how many times I've said that boxing is the most effective training on the planet and the examples of thousands of boxers walking around - but in a nutshell - the answer is yes. Boxing training plans in general will do wonders for your levels of strength, speed, and burn off any excess fat you may have and the progressive training plan in the stream is no exception.
Nutrition is huge - it's even more important than the training in the long run in terms of body composition and performance.
I'm Precision Nutrition certified to offer nutrition advice but the Boxing Skills Stream is primarily about boxing training. If you're on the semi-mentored track, you'll have the ability to track nutritional intake and I will provide some guidance, but I will not be providing full on meal plans. If you're looking for body composition help - the Boxing Body Transformation is probably a better fit for you.
For sure. Commando Boxing is perfect for anyone - male, female, young or old.
It's actually an exciting time for females to get involved in boxing. Compared to men, there is far less competition and many female boxers are quickly finding themselves competing for world championship belts and securing spots on Olympic boxing teams.
Even if competing isn't your thing - boxing is your ticket to one hell of a fine looking body!
If you're already getting the results you want - then you probably don't need the training plans in Commando Boxing - stick to what's working - but if you want a training plan and community support that is going to challenge you and is designed to progressively increase your level of boxing skill and fitness then join the stream.
The key word though is progressive. If you do join the stream, you will start with the first mesocycle no matter how fit or capable you think you are - so if you are more advanced that may not instantly appeal to you.
That first 28 days consists of basic skipping (we'll eventually add another 65 jump rope moves), shadow boxing, and body weight training. That should be your primary focus along with establishing a training habit and ensuring your nutritional profile is good to go.
If you're already following a pretty intense training regimen then that first 28 days may sound pretty easy. In reality it can be a lot harder than it looks - as the rounds/exercises are timed - you can make it harder or easier on yourself by how hard you push yourself during the work cycle.
The start is all about foundations and making sure you can move any muscle you already have on your body. It also features two days/week of active rest/recovery which includes mobility exercises and foam rolling. From there, subsequent phases include weights, heavy bag work, plyometrics and so on as things progress. But every 12 weeks you return to a body weight program to give your body a stress break and a chance to recover fully while making sure muscle is functional.
If you work the training plan and trust the programming - in the long run you're going to be far stronger, faster, and fat and injury free. You'd just have come to terms with the fact that not lifting or running or whatever for a few weeks is a good thing in the overall scheme of things. If you can't do that then you "could" supplement with your own training - but I think you'd be pleasantly surprised how effective it actually is.
The training takes anywhere from 25 - 90 min each day. 60 min is about the average. I know you have 60 min in your day somewhere - you just need to make training a priority in your life.
No time at all. It's automatic. Immediately after paying for membership you can get started. You'll be redirected to your account and an email will show up in your inbox explaining what to do and where to go. No waiting required!
Becoming a boxer doesn't happen overnight. It's a sport you never quit learning and once you're involved - you're hooked - it's more addictive than crack. The training and nutrition becomes a permanent part of your life.
That said, you will start feeling different within the first 48hrs of training and will notice physical changes in the first week.
It's not a matter of if - it's when. Everyone needs help at some point and that's why I'm here to mentor you through the process. I'm just an email (or private message from your dashboard) away. You'll get a personalized, detailed response from me - usually within a couple hours.
The fact is that the value of Commando Boxing grows as more boxing lessons, content, training plans, and courses are added. You think Commando Boxing is impressive now? Imagine what it will look like in another year or two.
As tools are added and technology continues to improve how online training is delivered, the price for semi-mentored training will inevitably go up. As it already has done. Several times. (in one form or another).
But here's the real kicker:
Once you're locked into the stream, you'll have the option to continue renewing your access at the same price. The price never increases for YOU. It only increases for new visitors who've not yet signed up.
Join the semi-mentored stream now and in the not too distant future, you'll find yourself using an advanced boxing training program and suite of training tools for a fraction of the price others are paying for it!
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