Even though it has become a common and admirable character trait in society today, our minds are not meant to multi-task. Sure, we can. Yes, we are all capable. It’s pretty much expected, but it’s simply not how our brains were hard-wired. It’s not really how we were built to operate. The human mind was only meant to focus, REALLY focus on one thing at a time. You can have many thoughts running through your mind at any given moment, but to clearly focus on what you’re doing, requires effort. As difficult as it is, zeroing-in on one task, the one that’s right in front of you, could hold the key your progress. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that a single-minded approach is something that will help you to become a better fighter. The secret to a more successful future lies in being able to think about what’s right in front of you, right now. That doesn’t mean that you have to shut the rest of the world down or completely out. For most people that isn’t realistic or healthy, but when it’s time to get down to business, you should be able to eliminate as many distractions as possible.
There is always something to be learned, or at least considered, when looking at other sports and particularly successful athletes who have excelled in their field. Various techniques and training approaches sometimes have some cross-over benefits and, even if you’re not looking to sprint like Usain Bolt or rock a pair of huge pythons like Arnold Schwartzenegger, what makes a certain athlete successful sometimes translates across competitive platforms.
Exceptional athletes learn to look at other sports, see what works and adapt that to their own training approaches. One instance of this could be in relation to the sport of bodybuilding. Bodybuilders employ a style of weight training called supersets. During super-setting, lifters work opposing muscle groups. For instance, they will do one set of bench presses, for the chest muscles, followed immediately by a set of rows, which are for the back muscles. Bodybuilders understand that opposing muscle groups work in direct correlation to each other. They correctly and naturally balance each other out so that when they are worked simultaneously they strengthen and support each other. They also experience a similar work load. This beneficial and time-tested methodology can be applied to your boxing training.
The referee says it every time he finishes his pre-fight instructions. It is SO important to a fighter’s safety and success that it has become a standard phrase in boxing. It says exactly what it means and, yet is too often ignored. Unfortunately, it seems like many fighters have grown deaf to this common phrase, so let’s recap exactly what the third man in the ring means when he says PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES.
First of all, if you are the fighter, don’t touch gloves. Except when the referee tells you to after, the pre-fight instructions are complete, and right before the final round, keep your gloves to yourself.
Water makes up a large percentage of the human body. When you break it down and examine each part individually, you can quickly see how important hydration is to proper athletic function and sports performance.
So let’s look at each body part and how their “water-health” correlates with what you do in the ring.