How to Use Coins to Improve Your Reflexes in Boxing

It may surprise you how boxers can use a simple thing like a coin to improve reflexes, coordination and reaction time and have fun in their training session.

By Megan O'Connell
Edited by Tom Amitay

Updated May 2, 2023.

BlazePod's reaction time training system brings a lot of fun and variety into any type of training. We love sharing new techniques for improving reactions and reflexes, whether they involve using the light pods or not.

In this post, we'd like to share with you a couple of surprisingly simple reaction training drills that boxing coaches can use to mix things up and keep training sessions' momentum going even during rest.

So, without further ado, here are a few drills and exercises that can be done to improve reflexes and reaction time using a coin:

Coin Catching Drill

  1. Stretch your arm out horizontally in front of you with your knuckles facing upwards.
  2. Place a coin on the back of your hand.
  3. Throw the coin upwards approximately 10-15cm.
  4. As soon as the coin leaves your hand, rotate your hand, and attempt to catch the coin.
  5. To make the drill more challenging, add another coin or two!

Coin Drop

  1. For this drill, you will need a partner and a coin.
  2. Stand about two arm’s lengths away from your partner.
  3. Your partner should hold the coin with an outstretched arm.
  4. Without giving any indication of when your partner should drop the coin.
  5. You will need to react quickly and grab the coin with a single hand before it reaches the ground.
  6. To make the drill more challenging, move further away from your partner.

Simple but Effective and Fun

Although simple, coin drills can be very effective in improving hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and reflexes. And not only in boxing, but also in tennis, handball, basketball, football, and many other sports that require lightning-fast reactions.

It's true that these drills will not get a boxer into a better cardio shape, but, while practicing, they will definitely feel a kind of a mental strain that is part of training one's reaction times.