Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part One)

Blog-main-091613Exceptional 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.

Protect Yourself at All Times

Blog-main-090913The 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.

The Anatomy of a Boxer

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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.

Water – It Does a Body Good

Ready for some big, eye-opening, earth-shattering workout advice for this summer season?  Be sure to drink plenty of water.  Bet you’ve never heard that before, but before you dismiss it as the same ‘ole rhetoric, consider this…If you don’t drink enough fluids, not only will you become dehydrated, but you will also experience from some significant, NEGATIVE training implications.  Drinking enough water isn’t only about quenching your thirst.  It’s also about maximizing your training efforts and your performance.

A Little R&R has Big Benefits

Any elite athlete or fighter understands the importance of hard work, consistency and discipline.  They fully recognize that your level of success is heavily dependent on the hours spent in the gym, training and preparing both, mind and body for competition.  What they also realize, that many athletes don’t, is how important getting adequate rest and recovery is.  It plays an often overlooked, but extremely crucial role in athletic performance.