Ving Rhames’ 15 Minute Workout

You probably know Irving “Ving” Rhames by his signature baritone voice or large stature.  The Harlem, New York actor first appeared on Broadway in the play “The Winter Boys” in 1984 and has continued to entertain with many roles on the big screen in films like “Mission Impossible”, “Baby Boy”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Undisputed.” It was that last role in which he played a boxer that Ving bulked up his already muscular physique and trained off and on for two years getting in top physical boxing shape.

Boxing can be an incredible workout, but you don’t need to take two years to do it.  Here’s a Ving Rhames boxing workout that you use to tone your body in just 15 minutes a day:

Minute 1-3: Jump Rope

If you don’t have a jump rope, you can mime the movement by circling your hands and hopping foot to foot.
Begin slowly; increase your speed and intensity as your body begins to warm up.

Minute 4: 1 Minute Plank

Come to your hands and knees in “table top” position.
Press into your palms and lift your knees so your weight is resting on your palms and toes (push up position).
Keep your body in a straight line, like a “plank” of wood.
Hold for 1 minute. (If you can’t hold this position for the full minute, drop your knees to the floor for a brief break then lift again. Keep your eyes on the floor & don’t sad in the middle)

Minute 5-7: Shadow Boxing

1) Hold 1-pound hand weights and come into a boxing stance by bending your elbows with the weights near your face, firming your core with your knees slightly bent.
2) Start with a jab (short punch with your left hand), then immediately follow with a cross (punch with your right hand).
3) Get your rhythm down by twisting at your waist as you throw the jab and cross evenly, one after the other with no stopping in between.
4) Make sure to keep your core tight.
5) After you’re comfortable with the rhythm, speed it up but keep the movements even and controlled.

Minute 8: 1 Minute Side Plank – Right

1) Come into Plank
2) Roll your weight onto your right hand and the side of your right foot, opening your torso to the left.
3) Lift the left hand toward the ceiling.
4) Keep your body in a straight line.
5) Hold for 1 minute (To make this easier, you can bring your knee to the floor)

Minute 9-11: Slips

Hold 1-pound hand weights and come into a boxing stance.
Keeping the feet hip distance apart, “slip” from side to side, as if dodging a punch.
Keep your back straight and perform the “slip” by bending at your knees (not at the waist).
As you slip to the right, rotate your torso so your left shoulder points in front of you.
As you slip to the left, rotate so your right shoulder points in front of you.
Keep slipping from side to side without stopping and increase your speed as you get your rhythm down.
Once you have your rhythm, up the intensity by adding punches.
As you slip to the right, throw a left jab.
As you slip to the left, throw a right cross.

Minute 12: 1 Minute Side Planks- Left

1) Come into Plank by rolling your weight onto your left hand and the side of your left foot, opening your torso to the right
2) Lift the right hand toward the ceiling
3) Keep your body in a straight line. Hold for one minute.

Minute 13-15: Jump Rope
Finish with an energetic jump rope routine for the last two minutes.

Combine this boxing body blast with your regular routine and you’ll be a Hollywood knockout like Ving in no time!