I thought I was doing something unique when I decided to use boxing to help me prepare for the upcoming basketball season in the Destin Adult League. Through some research, I found there are many basketball players using boxing to help them prepare for basketball. Most of them are in the NBA, and that says a lot.
“Basketball and strength conditioning is not just weights and a court—boxing is a great off-season workout for NBA players,” Felipe Eichenberger, the head strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Nuggets, tells Men’s Fitness. “It has the cardio aspect, and you’re moving in all directions and using a lot of footwork in training. All the handwork, footwork, and directional movement can transfer to basketball.”
Boxing training can help boost players’ mental agility, hand-eye coordination, and (of course) help sculpt musculature, too. “Boxing is the only sport where you have to stay on your feet the whole time to be successful,” Eric Kelly, a former amateur national champion and trainer “It requires [working] every muscle in the body.”
One of my favorite basketball players, John Wall, uses intense boxing training to help him prepare for a long hard NBA season. Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony also use boxing for mental agility, hand-eye coordination, and (of course) help sculpt musculature, too. NBA players inspired me to continue using boxing as my go-to for conditioning.
In Fort Walton Beach, Fl, the most famous boxing gym is Walkers Boxing Academy. My friend Nick Evans invited me to watch him workout then by the next week I was in there sweating punching the bag myself. I noticed after a couple months of doing boxing, my core was stronger, and I could make more explosive movements on the basketball court. I liked the boxing workouts so much, I decided to get a monthly membership and train up until my first Basketball game.
After six months of conditioning, we had our first game in the Destin League. I was impressed with how in shape I was. I could pick up full court playing defense and then turn around and have the energy to push it on offense. I’ve gotten a lot of comments on how much I run on the court non-stop. I have to say that boxing is an excellent way to get in shape for basketball. Visit Walkers Boxing Gym and get your first workout for free.
Me after my first boxing workout.
Coach Walker, Former Golden Gloves Champion
After my exhibition match at Chester Pruitt Park