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.

Dollars and Sense

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If you polled every employee in the United States and asked them the one thing they’d like to change about their job, I’m guessing that the words “salary”, “pay” and “wage” would come up repeatedly. It’s no different for MMA fighters who frequently complain about the difficulty of making ends meet on their fight revenue. Fighters have the same bills that we non-fighters do in addition to compensating their trainers, coaches and managers. Times are tough all around.