Boxing Training Q&A Clinic #2

Boxing Training Q&A Clinic #2

by Fran on May 17, 2017


Welcome to the 2nd Boxing Training Q&A Clinic.

I had some really cool questions to cover off in this edition, so special thanks to those who put their questions to me.

The questions raised cover 4 topics:

  1. Strategy and tactics to apply against a good long range punching pressure fighter
  2. Using pivots and side steps
  3. Explosive boxing footwork
  4. Beginner boxers – How I coach them and why.

Here is the video and then below are some links to videos that I mention during my answers:

To watch a video on how to defend any combination in 3 easy steps – Click Here.

To watch a video on the tactics to apply against a taller boxer – Click Here.

To watch a video on the pivot – Click Here.

To watch a video on the 7 Steps to a Boxing Stance – Click Here.

Questions and thoughts below please 🙂



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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick Parker August 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Good Morning Fran,

Wanted to first say I love your program. By was of time and opportunity I really haven’t scratched the surface in getting into the program under however what I have gone through I love. I do work out at a boxing gym however receive limited direction. I’m not a beginner but then again I’m not great. So now to my question. How can I gain strength in working the heavy bag? I recently started working on I believe a 200lbs bag. which I enjoy. I feel my workout is more intense however want to be able to gain strength, stamina and speed. Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated. Hoping this email finds you well and healthy.




Fran August 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Hey Patrick

Thank you for your note. So 3 different areas:

Strength – groundwork (burpees, pressups etc.) and weights (kettle bells, free weights etc)
Stamina – roadwork – running, sprints, long duration/short intense duration etc (good for recovery).
Speed – here’s some tips –

Hope this helps Patrick


Paul Brady, May 19, 2017 at 4:25 am

Thanks Fran, I was hoping you’d say what you did in reply to my question. It’s opened my eyes into how a coach thinks in comparison to the trainee, saying that’s 2 skills combined not 1 skill. Loved the answer to how to encourage beginners to starting off for the very 1st time. Oh, and I really really wish I lived in California, I’m at the other end of the M57 in sunny Widnes. Thanks again Fran.


Fran May 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Haha, another Paul Brady in Cali mate…No Widnes 🙂

Glad the explanation has helped mate, feel like I’ve done at least half a job if not ballsing up the geography.



MickeyG May 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

great session and discussions Fran – spot on as they say in your part of the world !. Most people walk in cold, thinking boxing is going to be all about using their arms and you do have to slow them down and introduce them to feeling and controlling their own bodies in a new way,as you said with stance and balance.


Fran May 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm


Yo Thanks Mickey is they say in your part of the World 🙂

Nice to know that we coaches have similar approaches taught by experience


Michael May 18, 2017 at 9:51 am

Hi Fran,
Have you had time to look at posting a schematic/details of the floor decals in your gym…

Also, have you had any spare time to look at selling/designing any new boxing/training equipment or clothing?


pug May 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Excellent session Fran. Really liked the session on ‘stance’. This is the way the old masters, ie. Charley Burley, would train a boxer, to the point where the would-be boxer would be wondering, ‘but when am I going to learn to box?’. Chop wood, carry water first! Repetition is key in boxing training.
Boxer’s tag – I use it with juniors all the time. Great way to provide sport specific related fun and provides necessary mental breaks from the repetition drills.


Fran May 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

Thanks Pug. I’m actually really enjoying doing these vids, of course they rely on good questions and I’ve been quite lucky in that respect.

As we coaches know, that embedding of actions in the form of repetition is critical, especially in the early days.

Thanks for your feedback mate, means a lot.


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