What is it about boxing training that makes a boxer one of the most physically fit athletes in the world? What allows a boxer to exert maximum amount of energy throwing hundreds of punches and still have the energy to stand?
The answer is simple...they trained hard for it! Boxing training is some of the most intense training of any sport and is not for the faint of heart.
A boxer must train harder and longer then their competition, they must be willing to push their bodies further then they thought possible. So with that being said I will break down some of the boxing training you will put yourself through.
Throughout my website you have come a long ways you now know how to jab, cross, hook and know the basics of boxing. Along with knowing the basics you have also learned how to condition your body. This is simply still the foundation of your boxing career. The next step is incorporating all that you have learned into your boxing training.
This section is not going to offer any videos or new radical training ideas. Instead I have laid out a few steps as reminders during your training.
Step 1-Cardio, Cardio, Cardio I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a strong heart and lungs. As I mentioned in the cardio training section of this site far too often the reason fighters lose is they become fatigued during a fight caused my poor training. Most of the time fighters begin dropping their guard and greatly reduce the number of punches thrown or landed.
Benjamin Franklin said it best. “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”
This is something that can easily be applied to boxing training as well as life. What you put into your training is what you will get out of it.
Step-2 Sleep/Eat this may seem like a very simple task. What is sad is this is actually one of the hardest tasks for most individuals training. Making sure you are getting around 8 hours of sleep a night and eating a balanced diet. Without your body getting the nutrients that you need and the rest to recover and rebuild your training is almost pointless. Do not over train your body, you need rest, you need food and you need sleep. ALSO STAY HYDRATED.
Step-3 Practice, practice, practice. Regardless if it is shadow boxing jump roping or throwing punches. The reason you become better is practice remember repetition is key. Example the reason you get better at free throws is by shooting thousands of free throws same concept applies here.
Step-4 Train longer, for instance if you are preparing for a fight and you know the fight is 3 rounds. You should then condition your body to be able to go 5 rounds. The same applies with running if you are running a 5k (3.1 mile run) you condition your body to be able to 5 miles. That way when you are actually participating in the event you are able to perform better.
Step-5 Take a step back and realize Rome was not built in a day. No matter how hard you train eventually you will grow frustrated with yourself. Usually this is caused by when you plateau in your training. When this occurs simply just take a few days off and relax.
Step-6 When you practice, when you throw punches even when you lift make sure you use perfect form. When you do something in great repetition you want to make sure you are doing it correct.
The reason boxing training is so successful is because of dedication and hard work that it requires. Those who are willing to dedicate themselves to this training will as I said before get what they put into it.
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