THE STANCE

Women's Health Australia - - BEST BODY -

Since the Ha­dids be­gan In­sta­gram­ming their punch bag ses­sions and Lau­ryn Ea­gle went pro, box­ing has be­come de rigueur for those want­ing a toned physique. “Box­ing de­mands that your body is fit and strong,” says box­ing gym founder Shane Collins. “But it needs your brain and ner­vous sys­tem to be as switched on as your mus­cles. You have to re­mem­ber some pretty com­pli­cated se­quences to avoid get­ting smashed in the face.” So tape up your fists, put in that gum shield and let’s get ready to rum­ble. Be­fore you do any­thing, start with the ba­sics and master the stance. Cue the

Rocky mon­tage.

(a) With feet shoul­der-width apart and knees slightly bent, step your left foot for­wards and your right foot back. The toe of your right foot should be in line with the heel of your left. If you’re left-hand dom­i­nant, then re­verse this po­si­tion (and the punches).

(b) Shoul­ders are re­laxed, el­bows are tucked in and hands are up by your chin.

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