7 Step Boxing Workout from NBC’s Strong Trainer Azubuike

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With celebrities promoting boxing as a fitness regimen, the current boxing workout craze hitting a record high comes as no surprise. If social media feeds are to be trusted, it seems the gloves are no longer just for the Pacquiaos of the world. Now, gloving up has become one of the most sought after and most effective workouts for anyone willing to give it a go.


Leyon Azubuike shared a 7 step boxing workout that can be done anytime, anywhere. Azubuike is a trainer on Strong, an NBC reality showcasing the journey of 10 women and their elite trainers to getting strong. He is also the man behind Gloveworx, a popular boxing gym in Los Angeles.


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The 7 Step Boxing Workout by Azubuike

Azubuike explained to HelloGiggles the rationale behind these seven steps,

“Boxing is a rotational sport. However, to develop rotational power, you don’t start by learning rotation, you first have to develop core power, and that is actually anti-rotational training.”


1. Plank

  1. Start in the modified push-up position (on your elbows and toes). Keep your shoulders directly over your elbows while maintaining a flat back and neutral spine.
  2. Hold the plank for 30 seconds while keeping your abs pulled in and your glutes tight. If you’re feeling strong, you can stay in position for a full minute.


2. Plank + Leg Lift

  1. After you’ve mastered the plank, hold that position while slowly lifting your right leg to hip height. Make sure you keep your hips square to the ground.
  2. Alternate legs at a controlled pace.
  3. Perform 10 lifts on each side.


3. Side Kick Through

  1. Start in a tabletop position with your knees directly under your hips and your shoulders directly above your hands.
  2. Lift your knees about three inches off the ground, creating a 90-degree angle.
  3. Slowly twist to your right while kicking your left foot out in front of you and pulling your right arm back while squaring your body to the right side. The motion is similar to firing a bow-and-arrow.
  4. Make sure that your butt stays lifted and your left leg does not drop to the ground.
  5. Assume the original position.
  6. Repeat 10 times on each side.


The rest of the 7 step boxing workout by Leyon Azubuike can be found here.

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