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The Anatomy of a Boxer


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.

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.

Hyped Up – The Boxing Buzz

Today, more than ever, athletes are bombarded with products that are marketed to increase performance, endurance and overall athletic ability. The question is, how many of these products actually work? And are they safe or are they doing more harm than good? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fighters at the gym or in preparation for a fight who are downing a Monster or Red Bull, thinking it is going to improve their performance. For one, all of these drinks have an incredibly high amount of sugar that are quickly going to be metabolized as fuel only to later cause a slump in energy or a “crash.” They are also highly detrimental for a fighter who is trying to make weight.  All of the additional artificial flavors and colorings are a definite no-no. However, there is one other common ingredient in most sports drinks that is somewhat controversial, but potentially does have psychological and physical effects that could hold some benefits?

It Does a Body Good!

Most fighters, to one degree or another, have experienced times of physical overexertion. They have overworked themselves in training by pushing their body past it’s limit. On one hand, this is an essential component to, not just elite boxers, but any athlete because “pushing yourself” is what creates progress. Stepping out of your comfort zone opens doors in and out of the ring. From a purely physical perspective we can say that whenever you perform an activity that your body is not familiar with, when you repetitively use the same muscles for extended periods at high intensity or perform any sudden, jerky motions or severe contractions you are going to feel the after-effects. This usually comes in the form of muscle soreness, fatigue and joint pain which all affect your workouts and ability to perform. Unfortunately, you can only do so much to prevent this from happening. Obviously, you have to be sure you’re warming up properly and are executing correct boxing technique or adhering to good form in all exercise/activity.  This alone will help lessen the chance of injury, but when it comes right down to it, if you’re not leaving the gym feeling fatigued or sore in some way… you’re doing something wrong. However, when it reaches extreme levels, something else has to be done to aid in the recovery and enhance the recuperative ability of those muscles.

Rest and Recharge

Training intensity is crucial to success, but so it rest and recuperation.  Too little sleep, 4-6 hours, can be detrimental to your stamina and endurance.  Getting 8-10 hours of shut-eye accelerates the release of the hormones that improve recovery time.  It also improves your reflexes and the ability to give it your all in the gym.

Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground Boxing Company.