You don’t have to get into a boxing ring or use a punching bag to train like a boxer. Simply throwing punches in your living room can take your fitness to the next level.
Punching is a high-intensity exercise that tones muscles and burns fat. A punch activates your shoulder, abs, and oblique muscles. Some punch variations offer a full-body workout.
Perform this workout with intensity to burn the most calories. You may even hold light dumbbells in each hand to tone your arms more.
Stay active during the rest period to keep your heart rate elevated. You can even do this workout twice a day to get the most out of it.
Watch the demonstrations below the video to learn how to perform the punch variations properly.
9-Minute Punching Cardio Workout
Throwing punches side to side will activate your shoulders, abs, and oblique muscles. Slightly bend one knee as you punch to avoid straining the knee joint.
Keep your ab muscles tight throughout and the torso upright. Also, keep your shoulders firm as you punch to avoid straining your shoulder joint.
Cross Body Punch to Knee Tuck
This unique exercise offers a full-body workout because it also engages your leg muscles. It’s also excellent for improving coordination.
Go through the movement as fast as possible and keep your abs tight throughout. Raise the knee high when doing the knee tuck.
Uppercut punches mainly target your oblique muscles and lats. Keep your elbow bent and the arms firm as you punch.
Maintain a full range of motion by keeping your arm beside your ribcage and then punch upward until the fist is over your face. Keep the abs tight throughout.
Overhead Side Punches
This is one of the few punch variations that activate the trapezius muscles. Simply punch upward to the opposite side and keep alternating.
Slightly bend your torso and tighten the oblique muscles as you punch. Holding dumbbells while doing this exercise can greatly activate your shoulder and oblique muscles.
Squat Hold Punches
The squat hold is an amazing isometric exercise for toning your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Combined with punches, it can offer a full-body workout and allow you to burn lots of calories.
Keep your back straight and punch as fast as possible. Keeping your thighs parallel to the floor is the ideal squatting position. But if that’s too challenging hold a half-squat.
If you thought lunges are rewarding, wait until you try this variation. Simply punch as you lunge forward and then punch with the opposite arm in the next rep.
Be keen to maintain proper form while lunging. First, keep your torso upright. Secondly, make a wide stride to allow the front knee to bend at 90 degrees when in the lunge position.
Speed Bag Punches
This exercise is extremely rewarding even though it doesn’t have much movement.
Simply circle your hands around each other, over your head as fast as possible. Keep your abs tight.
This amazing exercise will build your abs and strengthen your core. To perform it, sit on the floor and keep your knees bent. Lean back and keep your back straight. Now, throw fast punches from that position.
The more you lean back, the more you’ll engage your ab muscles.
Punching workouts burn lots of calories and add variety to workouts. That’s why they’re part of the fat blaster sequence, the home workout routine that allows you to burn fat and build muscle while exercising for less than 15 minutes.
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