Have you thought about signing up for your first boxing class? If you’re a bit nervous, you’re not alone, but there’s also no reason to be. In this article, we’re going to show you exactly what you should expect as a beginner.

You’ll Spend a Long Time Learning the Basics

Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

While Lee wasn’t known for boxing, this saying definitely applies to the Sweet Science.

Other martial arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may have a library of different attacks, defensive maneuvers and various techniques in between but not boxing.

For the most part, you have:

  • Counterpunches
  • Crosses
  • Hooks
  • Jabs
  • Overhands
  • Short Straight-Punch
  • Uppercuts

Certain variations could be added to the list (e.g., a bolo punch), but this list is pretty close to comprehensive.

Nonetheless, it would take a lifetime to master them all.

While there are also evasive maneuvers and combinations to learn, the truth about boxing is that victory usually belongs to the person who masters repetition.

There Will Be Lots and Lots of Repetition

Speaking of which, this is a perfect segue into another aspect of boxing. As you have less to learn than you would with other martial arts, you’ll need to spend more time on each strike and maneuver.

You’ve probably seen boxers spend hours at a time on the heavy bag. They throw the same one-two combination over and over and over. This is how they become the type of fighter Bruce Lee would fear.

This shouldn’t paint boxing as a boring sport, though. It’s anything but that.

In fact, a lot of people prefer boxing to other martial arts because it’s less about memorizing 100 different moves and combinations and more about mastering one or two at a time.

You’ll Learn the Truth About Your Cardio

Even if you think you have fantastic cardio, expect boxing to put that belief to the test. After all, boxing is about more than just moving your feet. You need to recruit your hips, abs and lower back every time you throw a punch, too. Most people just aren’t ready for how much that will tax their stamina.

The real shock, though, tends to come from holding your hands up for one or two minutes at a time. People who are otherwise very strong and lift weights regularly will struggle by the third or fourth time they have to do this.

Of course, over time, you’ll begin to adapt and, like most boxers, you’ll also have to stifle your chuckle whenever any non-boxer mentions they have great cardio.

You’ll Experience Endorphins for Days

Boxing feels absolutely amazing. You might be intimidated by it at first, but after enough times hitting the bags and pads, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get in the ring and throw for real.

There will still be headgear and mouth guards, involved, though and, when you’re just a beginner, you’ll go up against a better fighter who’s instructed to take it easy on you.

Nonetheless, your physiology is going to come alive in a way you’ve never experienced during your first live round of boxing. Don’t be surprised if you walk around a bit taller the next day and start counting the minutes down until you get to do it again.

If you’ve been thinking about taking up boxing because you want to drop some pounds, gain some self-confidence or simply learn to protect yourself, this article should give you a better idea of what to expect as a beginner. As you can see, there shouldn’t be anything to hold you back.