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Boxing Guide For Beginners

Want to give boxing a try but don’t know where to start? We got you fam. Boxing may look intimidating, but trust us, it’s not.

We’ve put together a go-to guide for all you boxing beginners out there who are ready to go from no experience, to pro experience. Jab, cue “Let’s get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas.


Nope! No matter your age, fitness level, or prior boxing experience, it's a workout that anybody can master. If you got a fist, then you got a fight.

The beauty of boxing is that you can control the pace of your punches, taking it as hard or as easy as you'd like.

Most boxing classes, like Rumble, are beginner-friendly with trainers there to guide you through the 6 punches and help you with your technique.




It's common to make mistakes when you're just starting out, but like the experts say, practice makes perfect. With that being said, here's some quick tips to keep in mind to avoid common mistakes as a beginner boxer:

  • Keep your feet on the ground when throwing punches, staying on the balls of them.
  • Don't lean forward — if you were in the ring, this would make you vulnerable to an opponent (i.e. don't mean your head past your knees)
  • Never underestimate the importance of the jab. This sets you up for every other punch you'll throw!
  • Be sure to keep your shoulder in line with your chin when you punch.
  • Stay loose! Relax your fists and body when you're not punching. 



Boxing has so many perks that are just as much physical as they are mental. To name just a few:

  • Boosts your mood by releasing endorphins, serotonin, & dopamine
  • Improves cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and leveling up your endurance
  • Relieves stress by reducing cortisol levels
  • Improves stamina through MetCon (metabolic conditioning) 
  • Improves mind-body coordination by concentrating on form, balance, and combos
  • Boosts confidence by helping you realize just how powerful you are
  • Works your whole body by engaging almost every muscle group shoulders, arms, legs, core you name it, boxing works it!
Check out our blog post 10 Reasons to Try Boxing for even more boxing benefits. 



  • Start with your feet shoulder width apart
  • Right handed? Step your right foot back 45 degrees. Left handed? Step your left foot back 45 degrees.
    • Dominant Side = back 
    • Non-Dominant Side = front
  • Make sure your back heel is aligned with your front toe
  • Keep your back heel slightly lifted off the ground to help with mobility. Your front foot stays planted on the ground.
  • Turn your front shoulder toward the bag and bend your knees. This helps you keep your balance and throw powerful punches.


Rumble Boxing 6 Punches_JabTHE JAB (AKA "1")

  • Start in boxing stance
  • Extend your front arm all the way out 
  • Turn your knuckles over (like you're pouring a cup of coffee)
  • Punch it out then pull your arm back to your face

Rumble Boxing 6 Punches_CrossTHE CROSS (AKA "2")

  • Pivot off your back foot and rotate your hips
  • Extend your back arm
  • Snap it out and snap it back
  • PRO-TIP: Your front hand should stay guarding your face!

Rumble Boxing 6 Punches_Front HookFRONT HOOK (AKA "3")

  • Lift your front elbow to a 90 degree angle
  • Palms facing you; thumb to the ceiling
  • Aiming for outside of the bag, generate power from your hips and legs
    as you bring your front arm across your chest
  • Return to boxer stance

Rumble Boxing 6 Punches_Back HookBACK HOOK (AKA "4")

  • Same as 3, but adding more power from your back leg
  • Pivot off your back foot
  • Elbow up, palm facing you
  • Make sure your front hand stays guarding your face
  • Generate power from your hips and legs as you punch across your chest

Rumble Boxing 6 Punches_Front UppercutFRONT UPPER CUT (AKA "5")

  • Bring your front elbow toward your front hip
  • Palms face you, knuckles face the ceiling
  • Shift your weight toward your front leg
  • Aim for the bottom of the bag

Rumble Boxing 6 Punches_Back UppercutBACK UPPER CUT (AKA "6")

  • Bring your back elbow towards your back hip
  • Bend your knees and drive up into the bottom of the bag
  • PRO-TIP: Make sure to pivot off your back foot to generate power


Check out this video to see the 6 in action:


Boxing combos keep your opponent on their toes. You don't need to get super fancy with your combinations when just starting out. Once you mastered the basics, you'll be able to build simple combos into more complex ones, just like the boxer pros.

Here are a few basic combos you might throw in a Rumble class:

  • 1, 2 (Jab-Cross)
  • 1, 1, 2 (Jab-Jab-Cross)
  • 1, 2, 3 (Jab-Cross-Front Hook)
  • 1, 2, 3, 2 (Jab-Cross-Front Hook-Cross)
  • 1, 6, 3, 2 (Jab-Back Uppercut-Front Hook-Cross)



GLOVES Rumble Boxing Gloves

Protect a fighter's most
     important weapon -
     your hands!

WRAPSRumble Boxing Wraps

Prevents injury by securing
      your bones and joints 

TRAINING SHOESRumble Traing Shoe Icon

Keeps you light on your feet
     and supports your power

Rumble Trainer Kasey On the Bags



Starting something new can be tough for anyone. Finding a like-minded community, like a boxing gym, can help you stay consistent in your boxing training. You'll likely be surrounded by boxers of all levels who can help you learn the skills and drills of boxing and perfect your punches.

Rumble Boxing is a beginner-friendly, boxing-inspired workout that is sure to get your heart pumping. The vibes are 100% inclusive & the energy is unmatched. 

So now that you have all the beginner basics covered, you ready to start hitting stuff?


See you soon,

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