This 25-Minute Lower-Body Boxing Workout Builds Strong Legs With No Equipment

After a day of meetings, errands or chores, your workout may be your only time to focus on you with no distractions.

This 25-minute lower-body boxing workout video, led by Justin Blackwell, master coach at Los Angeles-based fitness studio BoxUnion, is the perfect opportunity to home in on your movement, breath and heart rate, not your daily to-do list.

"Nothing outside of this space matters right now," Blackwell says. "This is where we start to get into our zone. This is where we level up a little bit."

Before you put your phone on Do Not Disturb and get into the zone, free up a few feet of space and throw on a stable pair of sneakers.

The Moves

You won't need any equipment for this quick lower-body boxing session — except maybe a bottle of water. Blackwell will take you through multiple combinations of the following punches, mixed with some lower-body exercises.

Follow along with his instructions, and if you get lost or want to take a break, don't worry, he says. "Just hop back in as soon as you're ready."

The Warm-Up

  • Boxer Bounce:​ Get loose and find the beat of the music, focusing on your breathing.
  • Jump Rope:​​ Start incorporating your arms by swinging an imaginary jump rope.
  • ​Jumping Jacks:​​ Make this a big movement, Blackwell says, to warm up all over.
  • Jab (1):​ Push through your back foot and punch straight out with your front arm, chin down, eyes up.
  • Cross (2):​ Rotate your shoulders as you punch across your body.
  • Front Hook (3):​ Drop your weight to your back foot and rotate off of your front foot.
  • Rear Hook (4):​ This is your dominant hook. Keep your punches sharp and your elbow following your hand.
  • Front Uppercut (5):​ Lift your rear arm up to protect yourself as you throw your front uppercut.
  • Rear Uppercut (6):​ Keep your shoulders loose and your hips moving.

The Workout

  • 8-Punch Freestyle With Lunge and Squat Combo:​ Throw eight punches of your choice, followed by a lunge on each leg and a squat.
  • Fast Feet:​ Holding a quarter squat, tap your feet as fast as you can.
  • 1, 6, 5, 6 Combo:​ After you throw the punches in this combo, shuffle from side to side.
  • Pulse Squat:​ Hold a squat and pulse it out to the beat of the music.
  • 1, 6, 5, 6, 3, 4 Combo:​ Add your two hooks to the previous combination.
  • Pulse Lunge:​ Drive your lunge straight down and don't forget to switch sides.
  • 1, 6, 5, 6, 3, 4, Roll, 3, 4 Combo:​ Add a roll forward and back, followed by two more hooks.
  • Pogo Jump:​ Squat and jump side to side, swinging your arms for extra momentum.
  • Two-Punch Combo:​ Throw any two punches with full force.
  • Squat Tap:​ Lower into a wide squat and tap the ground with one hand, alternating arms with every pulse.
  • High Knees:​ Drive your knees as high as you can, alternating legs to the beat.

Tip

To keep your muscles injury-free, run through a quick cool-down routine before heading to the shower.

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