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Advice on Interval Training

Interval training is the heart and soul of conditioning for boxing. Boxing itself is comprised of intervals, short bursts of speed throughout three minute rounds spread out among long arduous workouts. It makes sense that if you want to be a top boxer, meaning you want to have the conditioning and skills to hang with the best, you must incorporate intervals into your training.

Compound Attacks

From a tactical point of view, I can’t think of anything that will take your boxing to the next level more than implementing and launching compound attacks. The classic scenario is you go to your opponent with a set of punches and head movement, and he knows that after you have launched your attack he can make his move or take a break for about 5-10 seconds while you reset. However, when you set up a second immediate attack (within 1 or 2 seconds) there is an element of surprise and sustained pressure which separates you from 90% of fighters…

Jump Rope Like You Mean It!

The only thing that annoys me more than lazy skipping in the gym is a guy who doesn’t hit the heavybag, and trust me these guys are out there. They show up, do an extended warm up, hit the double end bag and then mess around waiting to get padwork from their beloved coach. Anyways, if you are anything like the way I started out then you’re probably skipping rope like you’re strolling through the housewares section at Sears.

Breathing for Boxing

Despite boxing being about 70% anaerobic, your body’s ability to process oxygen is essential to good boxing. Being 70% anaerobic means that boxing simulates short sprints, explosive movements, and dextrous agility that requires big energy on demand and needs less oxygen than a more aerobic activity. The optimal training formula for for boxing is not locked in however, old school long distance roadwork is still a staple of many coaches’ and boxer’s regimens.

Pro-Style As an Amateur

When I first started boxing, I had a textbook on amateur stance and style; hands high, left hand about six inches away from the chin, fairly upright stance and active defense with a focus on ‘cover and counter’ type rhythm. It wasn’t long before my coach pulled me aside and said that this was not going to work. He had me pull my hands to my chin, square up just a bit and start working on my head movement with immediate counters and punching while the opponent was punching.

The Machine Gun Puncher

Every now and then you’ll come across this guy: he’s less skilled than you, doesn’t believe in defense, has no patterns or combinations–he just comes straight ahead with rapid fire machine gun style punching. I’m not talking about rapid fire high volume punchers like Pacquiao or P. Williams, these guys have style and slick head movement and footwork to compliment their onslaught.

London 2012 Summer Olympics – Boxing

The game of boxing is unknown to none. Since we witnessed the first ever boxing competition at the Olympics in 1904, the sport has been witness to the rise of many great sportsmen and legends who have taken the game to a completely new level of awe and excellence.

Roy Jones Jr Should Retire Now

I first saw Roy Jones Jr. as an amateur boxer when he was a teenager. As a teen the Pensacola, Florida native was a celebrated boxer who won national championships in the junior Olympics (16 and under), the Golden Gloves, and he also represented the USA in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Useful Boxing Combinations

There’s a quick mantra I tell myself when I’m training: ‘head, hands, feet’. I repeat this to myself during my workouts every now and then to remind myself that I should be moving at least one of these three things at all times, ideally you should have two or three moving. You’d be surprised how many good boxers don’t adhere to this and have limited their potential.

Staying Motivated to Go to the Gym

Motivation, or lack thereof is one of the biggest factors in determining how far you go in the sport of boxing. We all come to this sport with a drive, a will to be better, to dominate and to win. The biggest problem I found throughout my training was not how to stay motivated, but rather how to prevent becoming unmotivated.

Delivering the Jab

The jab is the king of all punches: it’s versatile, it sets up the big ‘payday’ shots like the right hand, left hook, and uppercut. You can throw it while moving in almost any direction and it leaves your balance intact. It goes without saying that having a good jab can take you from average to above average, and from good to great.

Creating Benchmarks in Your Training Routine

In this article, I’m going to discuss the long term goals of your training so you can gain perspective on what you want to accomplish this week, for your next fight, and for the toughest fight you’ll ever have. Like most of us still in the fight game, we haven’t reached our full potential just yet, and the positive aspect of this is that we have a lot to look forward to in terms of work to be done, skills to be had, and fights to be won. The problem however, is that fighters don’t have standard…

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