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Getting into boxing for the first time? As with any sport, there are some fundamentals to keep in mind and some common mistakes you should avoid so you can make the most out of your first forays into the sport.
Don't forget to breathe
Just like with any form of exercise, getting into the habit of breathing correctly can be tough! Your oxygen intake is essential for the function of your muscles--you can't box if your muscles can't get the needed supplies to operate. If you're using a mouthguard, it may take some extra time to get use to breathing. While punching and moving, it may help to make noise when you breathe in order to train your mind to further associate breathing with activity. Try to exhale when you execute intense movements or throw punches--this will add more power.
Don't forget the footwork
A common misconception is that boxing is just a sport that involves the upper body. Footwork and moving about the ring essential to anyone serious about boxing. Build up your agility so you can stay light on your feet and float about the ring (or around your target). Remember: the foot holds a lot of power that can be transfered into your punch. You'll want to master how to work with your feet so you can carry out the right movements.
Don't push yourself too hard
Practice makes perfect. Many people get very excited when they're getting into a new hobby--including boxing--and they want to start off at an advanced level. Even the "simple" stuff you may see takes a lot of work to accomplish. If you're getting too tired or frustrated then ease up! Learn the right techniques first and then learn how to execute them and apply them accurately. Getting overwhelmed can be potentially dangerous, especially if you're sparring with another boxer!
Throw punches with your whole body, not just your arms
In boxing, your whole body is involved in movement. Your whole body needs to move in tendem when moving about the ring or ducking your opponent's next punch. The same is true for your punches. While a lot of your movement does indeed come from the arm, a lot of the power for the punch is generated elsewhere. Make sure to recruit the lower parts of your body as well: your waist, hips, legs. Keep them aligned so you can throw max power behind a punch; if your whole body moves together, you won't need to reach to connect with your target.