Battling your shadow is no walk on the beach….

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. The best way to shadow box is in front of a mirror. You will want to make sure not to hit the mirror. Not only are you able to keep an eye on your form, but the more you train (in front of a mirror), the more you will understand what kind of boxer you are, what unconscious tendencies you have, or bad habits you’ve built into your style. Results don’t lie, and they’re pretty plain to see when they’re staring back at you in the face.

So yeah, keep an eye on yourself. You will naturally want to keep slipping away from proper form. It’s just how most of us normal people are built. Some people are born with remarkable talent, but if you’re reading this, then that probably isn’t you. Haha it’s okay though, not having talent can actually be rewarding in many ways because you can understand the sport on a very technical level.

Also, when both you and your opponent’s legs are shaking because of damage, you will be able to draw upon all the technical training you performed. A quality punch that has been thrown tens of thousands of times in front of a mirror doesn’t easily lose its form just because the person behind the punch is dead tired. It’s a weird feeling, but as long as you have breath in your body, you feel like there’s no need to even think about surrender. However, if you’re up against a talented boxer who trained just as hard as you… good luck.

The Simple How-To

The best results you can see from shadow boxing in front of a mirror comes from practicing the jab over and over and over again. Focus on your fist in the mirror and punch straight back and forth (A lot harder than it sounds) while constantly minimizing how much you telegraph. This is done by minimizing as much movement as needed to throw a punch.

Telegraphing will never completely go away, but if you pay close attention to your shoulder, how straight your punch is (to and from your target), and all around proper form, then your jab can turn into a very efficient weapon that looks really cool. Technique Instructions for Jab is here.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts. Happy jabbing!


Ash · September 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Hey, Ash here.

I have been known to have a bit of a shadow box here and there, mostly when no one is looking, haha! Very insightful website I love the volume of information you have provided on the topic of boxing and you writing style is really engaging. Great use of images relevant to your niche, awesome site. I could imagine that you get your fair share of traffic through this site.

Keep up the great work!

    Jack · September 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you very much! I am! And hopefully I’ll get more traffic when I put up videos of me sparring and demonstrating moves next month.

JohnB · September 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm

I had been into boxing some years ago, but I have stopped ever since. I practiced boxing in front of the mirror many times! As you mentioned, results never lie! Bad form can become a habit and once it becomes that, it is really difficult to re-learn from scratch! Many times I thought that my technique was ok, but when I observed it in the mirror I was disappointed by what I saw!

    Jack · September 10, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Haha I’ve had many experiences just like that!

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