Everyone who consistently walks into the gym wants to be better. The continual learning process that happens there is part of the appeal of boxing. It’s a constant challenge to better yourself and improve. However, that only really happens when a strong foundation is laid and you’re able to do the right things right. Right? So here it is…
It’s purely subjective, but it may be most accurate to say that the fighters of today are more technically skilled and athletically advanced, but for the most part (and there are always exceptions) frankly, they just AREN’T as tough. There are many reasons and rationale that backs this up, but it really comes down to the role that society and day-to-day activities play in natural athleticism. The idea that fighters aren’t as tough as they used to be isn’t so much a judgment or indictment on today’s athletes or an assault on their manhood, it’s more about how you, as a fighter, can improve and change what you’re doing to become tougher, like fighters of the past.
The topic of courage and heart is talked about so much in athletics because it’s a big part of competition. The other emotion that is the subject of a lot of conversation, even as many as three or four times in these blog posts alone is fear.
Fear is addressed so regularly, not because it is something that should be focused on, but in order to control it, harness it and master the role it plays in the sport of boxing, it has to be fully understood.
There are numerous quotes on the topic of fear. Some of the most notable and quotable ones are attributed to the legendary trainer, Cus D’Amato, who said “The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.”
Shadowboxing has been a part of the sport of boxing almost from its inception. The idea and exercise of throwing punches at the air and towards an imaginary target is meant to warm a fighter up. It can help get his body in combat mode or cool him down when the workout is through. When done properly, shadowboxing also gives a fighter a solitary moment to perform a mental check list as he prepares for the main event of his boxing routine. Rewind and Repeat…WHEN DONE PROPERLY shadowboxing also gives a fighter a solitary moment to perform a mental check list as he prepares for the main event of his boxing routine.
For many people, starting a new year means creating a new you or at least improving the old one. January first becomes about a reinvention and creating new, healthier habits. What it’s really about though is getting back to the foundation and fundamentals of living right. However, some people get so far off track that they’re not even sure what those fundamentals were. For starters, you can break them down into three basic questions to ask yourself…WHY…HOW…WHAT?