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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.

The Ageless Warrior

age is only a number

Boxing history has had a handful of fighters who were able to, not only compete, but reach a high level of success into what most would consider past their prime. The “Ole Mongoose,” Archie Moore, fought late into his forties, George Foreman won the heavyweight title at age forty-five and, more recently, forty-seven year old Bernard Hopkins has gained a great deal of attention for being able to tap into a virtual fountain of youth and show some of today’s young guns, that age really is only a number.  Were these boxers genetically gifted?  Did they have a secret to success for fighting into their golden years? Were they just well-preserved because of their lifestyles outside of the ring?  The answer may be…all of the above?

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.