How to do Pivoting Upper Cuts

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: abs, biceps, upper back, shoulders, calves, glutes, quadriceps


Start off in a standing position with your feet set at shoulder width. Bring bent arms up in front of your chest and make fists with your hands. Bend your hips and knees to lower down half way into a squat. At the same time, lower your right fist down towards your right hip. Then as you stand back up by straightening your hips and knees, punch up and across with your right fist so that it finishes above your left shoulder. Keep your left fist up in front of your face and chest in a guard position.

As soon as you have finished your right upper cut punch, lower back down and bring your right fist into a guard position as you lower your left fist towards your left hip and stand up throwing your left upper cut. Keep this right, left, right, left punch sequence going for the duration of the exercise.

Aim to lean forwards a little bit as you move and throw your punches, but maintain a straight back and keep your head up looking straight ahead.

How to make Pivoting Upper Cuts easier

If you enjoy shadow boxing, but want something less intense try our Boxer and Squat Jabs exercises

How to make Pivoting Upper Cuts more challenging

For a more intense, boxing related exercise try our Jump Rope Hops exercise.

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