Is it just us, or is the boxing workout craze hitting a record high? A sport that once seemed to be reserved only for the Alis and Pacquiaos of the world now feels like an attainable fitness regimen, at least based on social media feeds across the globe (we see you, Gigi Hadid). And, hello! We want in.
While gloving up is one of the most effective workouts around, we get that the hustle-and-bustle of adulting isn’t always accommodating to those class schedules and, depending on where you live, not even a logistical possibility. Don’t fret, we got you.
Azubuike, who just announced he’ll be opening his second gym this fall (complete with a banging athleisure line) at the newly redeveloped Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, has a talent for tailoring his workouts to each client and curating a tribe of other coaches who do the same.
“Boxing is a rotational sport,” Azubuike explained to HelloGiggles of the step-by-step, at-home routine he showed us. “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.”
So what that sounds like is…we’re about to be strong AF.
Here’s Azubuike’s seven-step guide to becoming a badass boxer — without leaving your living room.
Start in the modified push-up position (on your elbows and toes) and keep your shoulders directly over your elbows while maintaining a flat back and neutral spine. Hold the plank for 30 seconds while keeping your abs pulled in and your glutes tight. If you’re feeling strong and had your Wheaties this morning, stay in position for a full minute.
2. Plank + Leg Lift
Now that 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. Alternate legs at a controlled pace until you’ve done 10 lifts on each side.
3. Side Kick Through
Start in a tabletop position with your knees directly under your hips and your shoulders directly above your hands. Lift your knees about three inches off the ground so that your entire body is made up of 90-degree angles. With control, twist to your right while kicking your left foot out in front of you and pulling your right arm back as if you are firing a bow-and-arrow, meanwhile, squaring your body to the right side of the room. Make sure your butt stays lifted and your left leg does not drop to the ground. Assume the original position. Repeat 10 times on each side.
4. Side Plank + Reach
Start in a side plank with your feet stacked on top of each other (you can place one foot in front of the other if stacking feels too aggressive). As you reach your arm to the ceiling, make sure your core is tight and there is a straight line from your head to your feet. Then, rotate your upper body towards the ground reaching your arm through the space between your body and the floor. Lift back to side plank without dropping. Repeat this movement 10 times on each side.
5. Scap Push-Up
Begin in a traditional, straight-arm plank with your shoulders directly over your hands. Remember to keep one long line from your head to your feet with your core and butt tight. Then, as pictured above, pinch your shoulder blades together as if there is a can of soda between them that you are trying to crush, lowering your body only slightly. Congrats, one scap push-up down, 14 more to go.
With or without a weight in hand, stand-up straight with your legs spread apart and your right hand lifted above your head (if you don’t have weights but still want an extra challenge, an alternative is to hold your hand flat, balancing a sneaker on top of it throughout the exercise). Slowly and with control, reach your left hand down between your legs while keeping your chest open and your right arm reaching to the ceiling. Hold briefly and stand back up, keeping your eyes on the hand that is lifted. Repeat eight times on each side.
7. Turkish Get-Up
Lie on your back with your right arm lifted directly above your shoulder (with or without a weight) and your right knee bent. Slowly, sit up straight, keeping your right arm lifted above you the whole time. Placing the majority of your weight between your left arm and right leg, lift your hips so that they reach the same height as your right knee. With control, step your left leg backwards so that you are now on one knee in the kneeling position, keeping your arm lifted the entire time. Finally, stand back up. Repeat four times on each side.
Boom! We’re feeling more like Laila Ali already.