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Fighting Fit: Boxing Workouts, Techniques, and Sparring (Start-Up Sports, Number 12) Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Much of the written material in the book is taken directly from the earlier book, and there is not much text added. Instead, the book relies heavily on photographs. There is nothing wrong with that, per se, but it places high demands on the quality of the pictures. Sadly, the pictures don't fill the expectations. They are not entirely bad, however, as you can see what you are supposed to see from the pictures. But they are far form good quality.
Much of the book is filled with different punch combinations, counters and flow drills. In these pages, there is hardly any text, instead the reader is supposed to study the pictures and learn from them. This is hardly satisfying, and there is a genuine need for exhaustive written instructions. There is also some instructions about stretching, weight training and sparring, but these issues are not given very thorough presentation.
There is some merit to this book, but you need to have a more complete textbook to support the pictures in this book. For one, the book is missing a complete training program, instead the reader (beginner-intermadiate level) is supposed to construct one on his own, based on the limited information given in this book.
I bought this book looking for an overview of punches and moves to help me design the heavy bag workout. The book gave me everything that I needed for an effective heavy bag workout. It provides abundant information to get started and includes specific details on how to wrap hands, punch and recovery technique, punch combinations, and punch styles (inside and outside fighting). The book includes heavy bag drills.
A few minor gripes that took away one star for me were: (1) Some editting problems such as minor typos and one incorrect description where the author meant left hand, but wrote right hand (which was quite confusing when comparing to the picture). (2) Be careful of a number of photos showing the fist so over-rotated on straight punches that the thumb actually is pointing straight down! I think he was trying to make the fist more visible, but I think it certainly would add confusing to a beginner. Note that at no point does the text indicate the thumb is to point down toward the ground. (3) The weightlifting exercises could have used a few more pictures as the text was somewhat lacking. However, these minor gripes aside, this is the best mass published beginners book out there that I've found and I've looked through about 10+ books.
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You can only learn so much from a book but this is a good start and has some good tips for even the more experienced fighter. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jdc
This book about boxing is a very educational experience that i will use when i go to the gym on SaturdayPublished 16 months ago by Matthew Bediako
Trying this program will not only make you fit but will also give you alot more confidence on the street, not looking for trouble but feel better if it finds me.Published on January 18, 2014 by Vincente Vega
This book will supplement the Title Boxing DVD Series. Very informative. Great for the beginner or anyone thinking about getting into boxing for fitness or sport.Published on September 24, 2013 by Roy Champion
I just started reading it, but what I have read has been very informative for any beginner in the sport, or looking to use for cardiovascular fitness!Published on July 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I liked this book but thought if could have had more drills for boxing and left out the chapter on strength training. Over all worth $10.Published on May 7, 2013 by Thomas
This is a great book for both bag work or sparring techniques. I wish boxing gym utilized the information what is provided here.Published on April 24, 2013 by Otto's Gramp